This is a picture of Antonio Meucci, who died unknown and penniless. I bet you are saying, "I never heard of him". That is because he died unknown and penniless. What he did do, though, is that he invented the telephone. Now I bet you are saying, "wait, Bell invented the telephone". That is correct, Bell invented the telephone after reading the papers written by Meucci describing his working prototype telephones. Bell then took the ideas and called them his own. Meucci had semonstrated a working phone years earlier, and had written Bell with his invention in the hopes of securing financial investment to further develop the device. In 2002 Congress passed a House Resolution stating that Meucci should be recognized as inventing the telephone.