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Name Thomas Alva Edison
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3] 11 Feb 1847 Milan, Erie, Ohio, United States
Death[1][2][3] 18 Oct 1931 West Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States
Burial[4] West Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United StatesEdison National Historic Site
Reference Number? Q8743?


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Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees.[1] He is often credited with establishing the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison was raised in the American midwest and early in his career he worked as a telegraph operator, which inspired some of his earliest inventions.[2] In 1876, he established his first laboratory facility in Menlo Park, New Jersey, where many of his early inventions would be developed. He would later establish a botanic laboratory in Fort Myers, Florida in collaboration with businessmen Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, and a laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey that featured the world's first film studio, the Black Maria. He was a prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as patents in other countries. Edison married twice and fathered six children. He died in 1931 of complications of diabetes.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas A. Edison, in Ohio History Central.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomas Edison, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 ThomasEdison.com.
  4. Thomas Alva Edison, in Find A Grave.