Monday, April 27, 2009

Samuel Morse | Happy Birthday

Nice to see Google paying a tribute to the late Samuel Morse with a new logo (below)
Google in Morse Code

Today is Samuel Morse’s 218th birthday, and no doubt there will be several Telegraphers celebrating today.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) born in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Morse Code, which was invented for Samuel Morse’s electric telegraph in the 1840s, is a series of taps which can be felt as electronic pulses when sent along an electric line. The short and long taps stand for various letters and numbers, and organizations ranging from military to business used that code as a means of transmitting messages anywhere the lines could reach.

From wiki
On the sea voyage home in 1832, Morse encountered Charles Thomas Jackson of Samuel Morse TelegraphBoston who was well schooled in electromagnetism. Witnessing various experiments with Jackson's electromagnet, Morse developed the concept of a single wire telegraph, and The Gallery of the Louvre was set aside. The original Morse telegraph, submitted with his patent application, is part of the collections of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. In time the Morse code would become the primary language of telegraphy in the world, and is still the standard for rhythmic transmission of data.

Morse died on April 2, 1872 at his home at 5 West 22nd Street, New York City, at the age of 80.

If you want to do any Morse code yourself, but are unsure how. I have found this rather nice Morse code translator
(used to code my message below)

-.-. .... . . .-. ... --..-- / .--- .- -- . ... .-.-.- / ... .... .- .-. .. -. --. / -- -.-- / --- .--. .. -. .. --- -.

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