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  2. Thomas Edison - Wikipedia

    Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. [1] [2] [3] He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. [4] These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and early versions of ...

  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. Edison was the quintessential American inventor in the era of Yankee ingenuity. He began his career in ...

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

    Thomas Edison’s Early Life. Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio. He was the seventh and last child born to Samuel Edison Jr. and Nancy Elliott Edison, and would be ...

  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 ...

    Edison Biography. Young Thomas Edison. 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. Edison had very little formal education as a child ...

  7. Life of Thomas Alva Edison | Biography | Articles and Essays ...

    One of the most famous and prolific inventors of all time, Thomas Alva Edison exerted a tremendous influence on modern life, contributing inventions such as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera, as well as improving the telegraph and telephone. In his 84 years, he acquired an astounding 1,093 patents. Aside from being an inventor, Edison also managed to ...

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

    Thomas Edison’s Early Days The brick cottage in which Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, still stands in Milan, Ohio. Its humble size and simple design serve as a constant reminder that in America, a humble beginning does not hamper the rise to success.

  9. A Brief Biography of Thomas Edison - Thomas Edison National ...

    Thomas Edison. NPS Photo. People often say Edison was a genius. He answered, "Genius is hard work, stick-to-it-iveness, and common sense." 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.

  10. Biography of Thomas Edison, American Inventor - ThoughtCo

    Updated on December 04, 2019. 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.

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