Thomas Edison, 1847-1931, American Inventor

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Thomas Edison (b. Feb. 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio; died October 18, 1931, in West Orange, New Jersey) is the quintessential American inventor. Before he died, he gave us the phonograph, the transmitter for the telephone speaker, an improved light bulb, and key elements of motion-picture apparatus, as well as other bright inventions. He also created the world’s first industrial research laboratory.

 

The information contained in this post is current at the date of editing – 27 July 2023.

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