Thomas Edison

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Date of Birth February 11, 1847
Place of Birth Milan, Ohio
Date of Death Oct 18, 1931 (84)
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Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and early versions of the electric light bulb, have had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of organized science and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He established the first industrial research laboratory. Edison was raised in the American Midwest; early in his career he worked as a telegraph operator, which inspired some of his earliest inventions. In 1876, he established his first laboratory facility in Menlo Park, New Jersey, where many of his early inventions were developed.

Born: Thomas Alva Edison, February 11, 1847, Milan, Ohio, U.S.
Died: October 18, 1931, West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Burial place: Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Nationality: American
Education: Self-educated
Occupation: Inventor, businessman
Years active: 1877–1930
Children: 6, including, Madeleine Edison, Charles Edison, Theodore Miller Edison, Thomas Alva Edison Jr.
Relatives: Lewis Miller (father-in-law)
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About Thomas Edison

He invented the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera, and became a legend for contributions to telecommunications and industry. With 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, he is considered the fourth most prolific inventor in history.

Before Fame

He sold candy, newspapers, and vegetables to train passengers who were going from Port Huron to Detroit.


His favorite movie was The Birth of a Nation and he felt that the invention of sound in film had ruined the medium.

Family Life

He got married to Mary Stilwell on December 25, 1871, and later married Mina Miller on February 24, 1886. His children include Madeleine Edison, Theodore Miller Edison, and Charles Edison.


He became close friends with businessmen Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.

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