Case Files: John J. Carty

Carty, Who Telephones Through the Air. October 2, 1915.

Case File Catalog Summary

John J. Carty was a trailblazer of American telephony. He was awarded the Franklin Medal in 1916 for his involvement in the development of the telephone. Carty made early contributions to large-scale switchboard technology and in describing and eliminating the phenomenon of "cross talk," a kind of interference that plagued early telephone users. The first American transcontinental conversation took place under Carty's leadership as chief engineer of AT&T, as did the first wireless, transoceanic broadcast of the human voice.

The John J. Carty presentation was made possible by support from The Barra Foundation and Unisys.

Read the Committee on Science and the Arts Report on John J Carty and their recommendation of The Franklin Medal for his work in transmitting speech by electro-magnetic means.

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