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The Who's Who
Thomas Alva Edison is arguably one of the most influential people in history. This prolific American inventor had a mind-boggling 1,093 patents registered to his name. Not to mention, he single-handedly ushered in a bright new future for mankind by inventing the household light bulb.
Along with having a great scientific mind, Edison was also known for his business acumen. With his resources and knowhow, he founded 14 different companies, which included General Electric and this company thrives even today as it has diversified into a massive conglomerate with interests in several sectors, including entertainment.
Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in a small American village called Milan in the state of Ohio. However, he grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. His father was a former Canadian rebel, who had moved to the USA to escape treason charges.
Never a great follower of orders, Thomas Edison attended just three weeks of school! This gave him free reign over what direction he wanted to take his life and naturally, he chose science and business! He initially worked as a telegrapher and his first few patents and inventions were telegraph-related. This included the stock ticker.
He later moved to Newark, New Jersey, where he invented the phonograph in 1877, which made him extremely popular. As a result, he set up a lab in the Menlo Park township of New Jersey, which is today simply known as Edison! It was here that he masterminded some of his greatest inventions while working on a wide range of products. Over the years, Edison kept expanding his lab, and within ten years it covered two city blocks!
On the back of all his success, Edison's lab kept improving and in 1879, he conducted the first successful test of a light bulb. He even patented an electric distribution system in 1880, and followed it up with several novel ideas that still hold us in good stead.
Edison was married twice. He had three children with his first wife Mary Stilwell. After her death in 1884, Edison married Mina Miller in 1886. He had three children with her as well. Edison himself passed on in 1931 after living a very fulfilling life.
Along with the light bulb, Edison was also responsible for the first ever fluoroscope, which enables X-Ray exams. Some of Edison's other prominent inventions include the quadruplex telegraph, carbon microphone, kinetograph (movie camera) and electric vote recorder.
"Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success."
"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends, there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."
"Discontent is the first necessity of progress."
"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless."
"I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun."
We owe this great inventor the gift of sight after dark thanks to the light bulb! However, the greatest gift that he gave his fellow man was the gift of inspiration, as entrepreneurs and inventors followed his example to the benefit of mankind.
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