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Today (March 10th) marks the 135th anniversary of the first ever telephone call, made by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant Thomas A Watson.

And to mark the occasion, internet service provider TalkTalk has conducted a survey to find out whether the achievements of the Scottish inventor are still recognised by the British public.

The survey revealed mixed results, with 22 per cent of people aged 16-24 unaware of Bell's contribution as the creator of the telephone.

Some seven per cent of young adults believed he invented television – rather than the telephone – while six per cent confused him with current England cricketer Ian Bell.

However, a more knowledgeable 15 per cent of respondents were able to recite the words uttered during the first telephone conversation in 1876: "Mr Watson, come here – I want to see you."

TalkTalk's Mark Schmid commented: "Alexander Graham Bell was one of the foremost inventors of his time and on that historic day changed the shape of communications forever.

"Last Thursday alone saw 17.2 million calls being made and received on our network, reaffirming the telephone's place as the primary source of contact in the UK."  

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