Thomas Edison was an inventor who was a native of America. He was responsible for inventions such as the light bulb, the phonograph, the first electric power plant and the motion picture camera. He was the holder of over 1,000 patens and his inventions have had a major impact on global industrial development.
Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio in 1847. He attended school for a brief time but received most of his education form his mother who was a teacher. Edison worked at various jobs including as telegraph operator in various locations. In 1868 he began working in Boston for the Western Union Telegraph Company.
Interested in inventions from an early age, Edison filed for his fist patent, an electric vote recorder, in 1869. He established an industrial research facility at Menlo Park, New Jersey in 1876. It was the first such facility of its type. The invention of the phonograph in 1877 gained Edison wide attention. He began research on the light bulb and in 1879 perfected a bulb which was capable of giving light for long period of time. As time went on his creations led him becoming known as ‘The Wizard of Menlo Park’.
Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman, was born in the year 1847 On This Day.
Thomas Edison, 1878
Thomas Edison in the Bulb