Thaddeus Cahill, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Thaddeus Cahill

American inventor

Date of Birth: 18-Jun-1867

Place of Birth: Iowa, United States

Date of Death: 12-Apr-1934

Profession: lawyer, inventor

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Thaddeus Cahill

  • Thaddeus Cahill (June 18, 1867 – April 12, 1934) was a prominent inventor of the early 20th century.
  • He is widely credited with the invention of the first electromechanical musical instrument, which he dubbed the telharmonium. He studied the physics of music at Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio.
  • After working as a clerk for Congress in Washington D.C.
  • to pay for his college studies, he graduated from the Columbian (now George Washington University) Law School in 1889.
  • He became convinced that music could be made with electricity (and also worked on an electric typewriter).
  • He showed his first teleharmonium to Lord Kelvin in 1902.
  • That year he established a laboratory at Holyoke, where he was joined by his brother, Arthur T.
  • Cahill. Cahill had tremendous ambitions for his invention; he wanted telharmonium music to be broadcast into hotels, restaurants, theaters, and even houses via the telephone line.
  • At a starting weight of 7 tons (and up to 200 tons) and a price tag of $200,000 (approx.
  • $5,514,000 today), only three telharmoniums were ever built, and Cahill's great vision was never fully implemented.
  • His idea proved to be fruitful, nearly a century later, with the advent of streaming media.

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