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When the First Industrial Metal Detector Was Invented

Towardsthe end of the 19th century, many scientists and engineers used their growingknowledge of electrical theory in an attempt to devise a machine which wouldpinpoint metal. The use of such a device to find ore-bearing rocks would give ahuge advantage to any miner who employed it. Early machines were crude, used alot of battery power, and worked only to a very limited degree. In 1874,Parisian inventor Gustave Trouvé developed a hand-held device for locating andextracting metal objects such as bullets from human patients. Inspired byTrouvé, Alexander Graham Bell developed a similar device to attempt to locate abullet lodged in the chest of American President James Garfield in 1881; the Metal Detector worked correctly but the attempt was unsuccessful because themetal coil spring bed Garfield was lying on confused the detector.

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