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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

    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

    (1847-1931) Who Was Thomas Edison? 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...

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

    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.

  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.

  8. A Brief Biography of Thomas Edison - U.S. National Park Service

    A Brief Biography of Thomas Edison. 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 ...

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

    The Story of A Great American. Journeying from Holland, the Edison family originally landed in Elizabethport, New Jersey, about 1730. In Colonial times, they farmed a large tract of land not far from West Orange, New Jersey, where Thomas A. Edison made his home some 160 years later.

  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. Drawing Inspiration From Thomas Edison: 3 Essential Lessons ... -...

    Thomas Edison, one of history's greatest inventors and entrepreneurs, left a big mark on the world through his relentless pursuit of innovation. His experience and practices offer valuable lessons ...