William Fothergill Cooke was born in Ealing, Middlesex, England back in 1806. He was educated at the Durham School before enrolling at the University of Edinbrugh. When he was 20 he enrolled in the Indian Army. After five year of service he returned to study medicine in Paris. In 1836, he was something that at the time was only experimental. He quit studying medicine and put the invention into practical operation.
In 1837, he returned to England where he met Charles Wheatstone, together they opened up a partnership with Cooke handling the business side. For Cooke’s improvement and patents on the idea he was granted a civil list pension in 1871, he died in 1879.
What you may not know about William is that he was the co-inventor of the Cooke-Wheatston Electrical telegraph, patented in 1837 he founded the Electric Telegraph Company, the world’s first public telegraph company. He was knighted in 1869.
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