btw: my comment originally included praise for his work - but I thought his merit was obvious and that it distracted from my comment's point, so I deleted it. Instead, I'll just note that the first telephone also had lots of room for improvement - practically, the first of anything does. The cool thing was the idea of the telephone, and then making it real. How good it was is irrelevant compared with that it became real. It doesn't take away from the immense task of doing something that had not been done before or even imagined. Quality is not as crucial, because once you have the basic thing, it's (relatively) easy to iterate to improve it. I think having the idea and making it real deserves far far greater admiration than the quality of the prototype algorithm and implementation. Just as with the telephone.