Thomas Edison

(Thomas Alva Edison)


Thomas Alva Edison, an eminent American inventor, was born at Milan, Ohio, in 1847. He began an active business career at the age of twelve; became an expert telegrapher, and invented the system of duplex telegraphy while an operator at Boston. In 1871 he invented a printing telegraph and established a workshop for its manufacture. Subsequently he made very many inventions in telegraphy, telephony, the electric light, etc., the most striking of them being the phonograph and the kinetoscope. He died in 1931.

Adapted from The Dictionary of Biography by Charles Morris

Key events during the life of Thomas Alva Edison:

Birth of Thomas Edison.
Patented first invention, a vote recording device.
Invented the phonograph.
Designed the first practical electric lightbulb.
Death of Thomas Edison.

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Thomas A. Edison  in  Great Inventors and Their Inventions  by  Frank P. Bachman
Thomas A. Edison  in  America First—100 Stories from Our History  by  Lawton B. Evans
A Clever Engineer  in  Story of the Great Republic  by  H. A. Guerber
Thomas A. Edison  in  Heroes of Progress in America  by  Charles Morris
Thomas A. Edison  in  Four American Inventors  by  Frances M. Perry
Edison and Hoe  in  Builders of Our Country: Book II  by  Gertrude van Duyn Southworth

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Operator Teaching Young Edison Telegraphy
 in Great Inventors and Their Inventions

Edison at work on one of his latest developments; 1920
 in The Boys' Life of Edison

Edison when about fourteen of fifteen years of age
 in The Boys' Life of Edison

Mr. Edison at the close of five days
 in The Boys' Life of Edison

The Edison Electric Railway at Menlo Park; 1880
 in The Boys' Life of Edison

Edison at the office door of the ore-concentrating
 in The Boys' Life of Edison

Edison at the Draughting-board
 in The Boys' Life of Edison

Edison at work in one of teh chemical rooms at the Orange laboratory
 in The Boys' Life of Edison

Thomas Alva Edison; 1911
 in The Boys' Life of Edison

Thomas A. Edison
 in Four American Inventors

Birthplace of Thomas A. Edison
 in Four American Inventors

In the Laboratory
 in Four American Inventors

The Laboratory at Orange
 in Four American Inventors

Edison Listening to the Phonograph
 in Builders of Our Country: Book II

Edison's Laboratory at Menlo Park in 1879
 in Builders of Our Country: Book II

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