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  2. Thomas Edison - Wikipedia

    Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures.

  3. Thomas Edison | Biography, Early Life, Inventions, & Facts

    Thomas Edison, in full Thomas Alva Edison, (born February 11, 1847, Milan, Ohio, U.S.—died October 18, 1931, West Orange, New Jersey), American inventor who, singly or jointly, held a world-record 1,093 patents. In addition, he created the world’s first industrial research laboratory.

  4. Thomas Edison: Facts, House & Inventions - HISTORY - HISTORY

    Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor and savvy businessman who acquired a record number of 1,093 patents (singly or jointly) and was the driving force behind such innovations as the phonograph,...

  5. Thomas Edison - Inventions, Light Bulb & Quotes - Biography

    Thomas Edison was an American inventor who is considered one of America's leading businessmen and innovators. Edison rose from humble beginnings to work as an inventor of major technology,...

  6. Edison Biography - Thomas Edison National Historical Park (U.S...

    Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio; the seventh and last child of Samuel and Nancy Edison. When Edison was seven his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan. Edison lived here until he struck out on his own at the age of sixteen.

  7. A Brief Biography of Thomas Edison - National Park Service

    Thomas Alva Edison was born February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio (pronounced MY-lan). In 1854, when he was seven, the family moved to Michigan, where Edison spent the rest of his childhood. "Al," as he was called as a boy, went to school only a short time. He did so poorly that his mother, a former teacher, taught her son at home.

  8. Biography of Thomas Edison, American Inventor - ThoughtCo

    Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847–October 18, 1931) was an American inventor who transformed the world with inventions including the lightbulb and the phonograph. He was considered the face of technology and progress in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Fast Facts: Thomas Edison

  9. Thomas Edison's Life | United States | Thomas Edison

    From Boston, Edison went to New York, where he landed, poor and in debt, in 1869. While working as an employee of the Gold and Stock Telegraph Company and later as a partner with Franklin L. Pope in their own electrical engineering company. Edison invented the Universal Stock Printer.

  10. 6 Key Inventions by Thomas Edison - HISTORY

    Thomas Edison applied for his first patent in 1868, when he was just 21 years old. The famous inventor’s first brainchild was for a device that recorded legislative votes. That was just the start...

  11. Edison Inventions | Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison's record 1,093 patented inventions have greatly improved the world we know today. In fact, Edison is recognized as one of the greatest inventors of all time. His key inventions include the light bulb and electric utility system, recorded sound, motion pictures, R&D labs, and the alkaline family of storage batteries.