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Local author writes about inventor

POULTNEY-Vermont author Ivor Hughes was at Hermit Hill Books on Main Street in Poultney recently for book signings and a talk about his new biography of inventor David Edward Hughes. The author is not related to the inventor.

Hughes' book, "Before We Went Wireless," is an in-depth biography of David Edward Hughes, the first book to explore the life and times of 19th-century inventor and experimenter David Edward Hughes.

A contemporary of Edison and Bell, Hughes made major contributions in telegraphy, telephony, metal detection, and audiology; he sent and received wireless signals in 1879, 16 years before Marconi.

Faced with the skepticism of his scientific peers who discounted his research, Hughes' accomplishments were only recognized years later, the author claims.

The book, the result of over a decade of research in libraries, archives, and museums-as well as with access to all of Hughes's private papers and visits to places where he lived and worked in the UK, U.S. and Europe-is an account of a Victorian scientist whose inventions laid the foundations of the Communications Age.

Author Hughes, a local resident, retired from a career in both the U.K. and America in the telecommunications and aerospace industry.

"Before We Went Wireless" is published by Images From the Past and is available through many local bookshops.

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