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Cooke was an inventor and entrepreneur who wished to patent and commercially exploit his inventions.Wheatstone, on the other hand, was an academic with no interest in commercial ventures.Their differences were taken to arbitration with Marc Isambard Brunel acting for Cooke and John Frederic Daniell acting for Wheatstone.
This was not a happy collaboration due to the differing objectives of the two men.
In May 1837 Cooke and Wheatstone patented a telegraph system which used a number of needles on a board that could be moved to point to letters of the alphabet.
The patent recommended a five-needle system, but any number of needles could be used depending on the number of characters it was required to code.
However, the cables soon began to fail as a result of deteriorating insulation and were replaced with uninsulated wires on poles.
From this point the use of the electric telegraph started to grow on the new railways being built from London.
Cooke and Wheatstone had their first commercial success with a telegraph installed on the Great Western Railway over the 13 miles (21 km) from Paddington station to West Drayton in 1838.