Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison
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"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."
– Thomas Alva Edison, Harper's Monthly (September 1932)
Born(1847-02-11)February 11, 1847
Milan, Ohio, United States
DiedOctober 18, 1931(1931-10-18) (aged 84)
West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Cause of deathDiabetes mellitus
OccupationInventor, scientist, businessman
Spouse(s)
Mary Stilwell (m. 1871–1884)

Mina Edison (m. 1886–1931)
ChildrenMarion Estelle Edison (1873–1965)
Thomas Alva Edison Jr. (1876–1935)
William Leslie Edison (1878–1937)
Madeleine Edison (1888–1979)
Charles Edison (1890–1969)
Theodore Miller Edison (1898–1992)
Parent(s)Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. (1804–1896)
Nancy Matthews Elliott (1810–1871)
RelativesLewis Miller (father-in-law)
Video, A Day with Thomas Edison (1922)

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and entrepreneur, who invented many things.[1] Thomas Edison developed one of the first practical light bulbs, but contrary to popular belief did not invent the light bulb. Edison's 1093 patents were the most granted to any inventor in his time.[2] He started the General Electric Company to make some of the things he invented.

Early life

Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio. When Edison was seven years old, he moved with his family to Port Huron, Michigan. Edison started school late because of an illness. Three months later, Edison was removed from school, because he could not pay attention to his teacher. His mother, who was a teacher in Canada, taught Edison at home. Edison's mother helped him become motivated for learning, and he was a good student to her.

When Edison was twelve years old, he contracted scarlet fever. The effects of the fever, as well as getting picked up by the ears by a train conductor, caused Edison to become completely deaf in his left ear, and 80 percent deaf in the other. He learned Morse code of the telegraph, and began a job as a "brass pounder" (telegraph operator). At age sixteen, Edison made his first invention, which was called an "automatic repeater." It used punched tape to send telegraph signals quickly between unmanned stations, more quickly than a telegraph operator could do.

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