Places and people named for Edison
Thomas Edison commemorative stamp, issued on the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1947
Several places have been named after Edison, most notably the town of
Edison, New Jersey.
Thomas Edison State University, nationally known for adult learners, is in
Trenton, New Jersey. Two community colleges are named for him:
Edison State College (now
Florida SouthWestern State College) in Fort Myers, Florida, and Edison Community College in
 There are numerous high schools named after Edison (see
Edison High School) and other schools including
Thomas A. Edison Middle School. Footballer
Pelé's father originally named him Edson, as a tribute to the inventor of the light bulb, but the name was incorrectly listed on his birth certificate as "Edison".
The small town of
Alva just east of Fort Myers took Edison's middle name.
In 1883, the City Hotel in
Sunbury, Pennsylvania was the first building to be lit with Edison's three-wire system. The hotel was renamed The
Hotel Edison upon Edison's return to the city on 1922.
Lake Thomas A Edison in
California was named after Edison to mark the 75th anniversary of the
incandescent light bulb.
Edison was on hand to turn on the lights at the
Hotel Edison in
New York City when it opened in 1931.
Three bridges around the
United States have been named in Edison's honor: the
Edison Bridge in New Jersey,
Edison Bridge in Florida,
 and the
Edison Bridge in Ohio.
In space, his name is commemorated in
Museums and memorials
Statue of young Thomas Edison by the railroad tracks in Port Huron, Michigan.
In West Orange, New Jersey, the 13.5 acres (5.5 hectares) Glenmont estate is maintained and operated by the
National Park Service as the
Edison National Historic Site, as is his nearby laboratory and workshops including the reconstructed
"Black Maria"—the world's first movie studio.
Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum is in the town of Edison, New Jersey.
Beaumont, Texas, there is an
Edison Museum, though Edison never visited there.
Port Huron Museum, in
Port Huron, Michigan, restored the original depot that Thomas Edison worked out of as a young news butcher. The depot has been named the
Thomas Edison Depot Museum.
 The town has many Edison historical landmarks, including the graves of Edison's parents, and a monument along the
St. Clair River. Edison's influence can be seen throughout this city of 32,000.
In Detroit, the Edison Memorial Fountain in
Grand Circus Park was created to honor his achievements. The limestone fountain was dedicated October 21, 1929, the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the lightbulb.
 On the same night,
The Edison Institute was dedicated in nearby
He was inducted into the
Automotive Hall of Fame in 1969.
A bronze statue of Edison was placed in the
National Statuary Hall Collection at the
United States Capitol in 2016, with the formal dedication ceremony held on September 20 of that year. The Edison statue replaced one of 19th-century state governor
William Allen that had been one of Ohio's two allowed contributions to the collection.
Companies bearing Edison's name
Awards named in honor of Edison
Edison Medal was created on February 11, 1904, by a group of Edison's friends and associates. Four years later the
American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE), later
IEEE, entered into an agreement with the group to present the medal as its highest award. The first medal was presented in 1909 to
Elihu Thomson. It is the oldest award in the area of
electrical and electronics engineering, and is presented annually "for a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering or the electrical arts."
In the Netherlands, the major music awards are named the
Edison Award after him. The award is an annual Dutch music prize, awarded for outstanding achievements in the music industry, and is one of the oldest music awards in the world, having been presented since 1960.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers concedes the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award to individual patents since 2000.
Other items named after Edison
United States Navy named the
USS Edison (DD-439), a
Gleaves class destroyer, in his honor in 1940. The ship was decommissioned a few months after the end of World War II.
 In 1962, the Navy commissioned
USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), a fleet ballistic missile nuclear-powered submarine.
In popular culture
Thomas Edison has appeared in
popular culture as a character in novels, films, comics and video games. His prolific inventing helped make him an icon and he has made appearances in popular culture during his lifetime down to the present day. Edison is also portrayed in popular culture as an adversary of
"Camping with Henry and Tom", a fictional play based on Edison's camping trips with Henry Ford, written by Mark St.Gemain. First presented at Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York, February 20, 1995.
On February 11, 2011, on what would have been Thomas Edison's 164th birthday,
Google's homepage featured an animated
Google Doodle commemorating his many inventions. When the cursor was hovered over the doodle, a series of mechanisms seemed to move, causing a lightbulb to glow.