of Menlo Park
In May of 1913, it was
decided by a survey of independent magazine readers that Thomas A. Edison
was the most useful man in the
country. Although Edison was born
on February 11th, 1847, the impact of his accomplishments are still
being felt over a century later.
When he was a young boy,
doctors feared that he might be brain damaged because of the size of his
head. However, by 1869, this odd
young man named Thomas Alva Edison had become a full time inventor. In addition to inventing the
phonograph, incandescent light bulbs, and motion picture camera, Edison
established over 1,093 patents earning him the
nickname "The Wizard of Menlo Park."
On April 24, 1889 the Edison
General Electric Company was organized. In December of 1903, The Edison Manufacturing Company released
its hit film, The Great Train Robbery, directed by Edwin S. Porter.
On May 21st, 1928 Edison received an honorary medal from
Congress. Three years later,
on January 6th, 1931, Thomas Edison filed his last patent
application. He died in November
of that same year.
Thomas Alva Edison will be
remembered as one of the most prolific inventors of all time. His patents and discoveries
cover a multitude of subjects, including: electric lighting, electric railways,
secondary batteries, phonographs, cylinder records, and much more. These inventions have made a
significant impact on how science and invention have progressed in the century
following this amazing man's life.
Find these words related
to Edisos life.
Untangle these words to
learn more about Thomas Edison.
Thomas A. Edison: Young Inventor...
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A. Edison Papers
For some really cool
information on Thomas A. Edison, check out Thomas A. Edison Papers from The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers. The National Park
Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the New Jersey Historical Commission
sponsor this site. Under the
section titled Online Documents you'll find a section highlighting the best
possible search methods and Edisos patents and clippings from his scrapbook
Other materials include
Edisos Family and Life, Bibliographies, The Microfilm Edition, The Book
Edition (Errata), Edisos companies separated by year, and maps and images
from Edisos early life.
Source: The State University of
New Jersey Rutgers
Edison Birthplace Museum
Another great place to visit is the Edison
Birthplace Museum. If you do not
live in Ohio, just visit online and you will find a collection of rare Edison
memorabilia including examples of many of Edisos early inventions, documents
and family mementos. There is also
the history of the Edison family, the Town of Milan, and the Birthplace
House. His inventions are recorded
by year and the patents are by number and application date. Be sure to take the Birthplace Tour,
which is very complete and includes numerous photos.
Birthplace Association, Inc.
Houston Inventor's Association
Think you'd like to be an
inventor? This is the place to
find out. This site includes
helpful hints on how to go about the invention process while keeping your rights. Also available is a list of sites
devoted solely to inventors.
Edison Sound Recordings
"I was never so taken aback in my life--I was always afraid of things that worked the first time." --Thomas A. Edison on hearing his voice play back to him from his first tin foil phonograph.
Learn the history of the Edison Cylinder Phonograph and the Edison Discs Phonograph through this special presentation from the Library of Congress. You can even listen to Selected Diamond Disc Recordings.
Source: American Memory - The Library of Congress
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