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Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world. These include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. He was a prolific inventor too – holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.
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Thomas Alva Edison
Date of Birth
Date of Death
October 18, 1931
Place of Birth
Samuel and Nancy Edison
After her death, Edison married Mina Miller.
6 children – three by each wife
Marion Estelle ,Thomas Alva Jr., William Leslie,
Madeleine, Charles, Theodore Miller
Very little formal education
Home schooled by his mother
Telegrapher and inventor
Reason for Fame
First patent – telegraph
First invention – Tin foil phonograph
Edison profoundly affected the technology of modern society.
Thomas Edison graced the world with over 1,000 inventions;
He had 1,093 successful U.S. patents. He had filed an estimated 500-600 unsuccessful or abandoned patent applications as well.
Edison’s greatest challenge was the development of a practical incandescent, electric light.
He didn’t invent the light bulb, but rather he improved upon a 50-year-old idea.
Thomas Edison Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use Thomas Edison worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Thomas Edison who was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world. These include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
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- Thomas Edison Facts
- Thomas Edison Word Search
- Fact or Bluff
- Thomas Edison’s Timeline
- Thomas Edison’s Inventions
- Edison and Tesla
- Thomas Edison’s Direct Current
- America’s Innovators
- My Favorite Invention
- Thomas Edison’s Legacy
- Thomas Edison Acrostic
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