The Life and Inventions of Thomas Edison
by: David Miller
In the history of the United States, there have been a number of brilliant inventors such as Samuel Morse, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell and others who have come up with inventions that have helped change our world. However, one of the countries most prolific inventors was Thomas A. Edison. Throughout his career he has been credited with in excess of 1,000 patents in his name. These patents and inventions range from the wireless telegraph to the phonograph to the motion picture camera to the electric lamp. Through all of the inventions of Edison, he has had a hand in many of the luxuries and necessities that we enjoy today.
Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in a small community in Ohio. At a young age, Edison was intrigued by a number of subjects and was constantly in search of answers to his questions. The quest for information led the young Edison to read any and all books on a variety of subjects. As a teen, Thomas Edison began working in a Western Union Office in Boston where he began becoming interested in the technology of the day, and started to think of ways to improve the process.
- The Life of Thomas A. Edison - informative resource from the Library of Congress portraying the life of the inventor.
- Edison Biography - overview of the life and the work that have been credited to Edison.
- Edison the Scientist and Inventor - information on the work in the field of science of Thomas Edison.
- The Edison Papers - achieved information on the papers and patents of the famed inventor.
- Biography for Kids - informative site for kids that covers the life of Thomas Edison.
- Thomas Edison Biography - useful information on the life of the prolific inventor.
- Edison Biography - informative page providing information on the work and the life of Thomas A. Edison.
- Biography - information and data on the life of the famed inventor.
After his stay in Boston, Edison moved to New York City. It was there that some of his most important inventions were created. While he was unsuccessful in beating Alexander Graham Bell to the telephone, he developed a number of inventions including the stock ticker and light bulb. From the light bulb, he came up with the very first system of distributing light and power. And, one of the most important developments was the implementation of the first research facility, which Edison created in New Jersey.
It was in the new research facility in West Orange, New Jersey that Thomas Edison became one of the most prolific inventors of all time. Here is when he invented the motion picture, the electric motor, dictating machine and disc records for the phonograph. In the early 1900's' Thomas Edison was asked by the United States government to assist with the military efforts. From the work of Edison he developed technology that was used for sonar and radar, and other uses by the military.
Edison passed away on October 18, 1931 at the age of 84. Right up until his death Thomas Edison was active in creating patents and ideas that have been used throughout the years. At the age of 83, Edison was credited with his 1,093rd and final patent.
With all of the inventions that have been credited to Thomas Alva Edison, he is considered to be the greatest inventor in the history of the United States. To learn more about Edison and his inventions, here are some useful information.
- Thomas Edison Inventions - listing of some of the most well-known inventions that were credited to Edison.
- Edison and his Inventions - useful information from the Smithsonian outlining some of his most influential inventions.
- Edison Inventions - information on a number of inventions including the phonograph and light bulb.
- Edison for Kids - informative site providing a kid-friendly look at Thomas Edison and his life.
- Timeline of Inventions - data and a chronological listing of the inventions of Edison.
- Edison Invention List - listing of the discoveries and inventions of Thomas Edison.
- Edison the Inventor - patent and invention data for the famed inventor.
- Inventor Information - archived information on the work and inventions of Thomas Edison.
- Patents of Edison - helpful site containing information on the patents and inventions that have been associated with Thomas Edison.
- The First Phonograph - informative site showing the invention of Edison's phonograph.
- Invention of the Phonograph - useful information on the invention of the phonograph and how it operated.
- Thomas Edison's Light Bulb - site providing an overview of how the light bulb became a reality.
- Light Bulb Patent - site containing the patent of Thomas Edison for his invention of the light bulb.
- Edison Motion Pictures - information on the invention of the motion picture camera.
- Motion Pictures - helpful site explaining how Edison put motion to pictures.
- Dictating Machines - site explaining how Edison used the technology of the phonograph to record voices.
- The Ediphone - information and data on the Thomas Edison created dictating machine.
- Edison's Miracle of Light - informative site giving a timeline of the events surrounding the invention of the light bulb.
- Inventions and Patents - resource providing an overview of the patents and inventions of Thomas Edison.
- Telephone and Light Patent Drawings - resources showing the views of Edison, Bell and others.
- Edison Resources - related resources from the Thomas Edison Museum.
- Edison Learning Resources - informative site for educators and others teaching about the work of Thomas Edison.