Thomas Edison Facts

Thomas Edison Facts

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. See the fact file below for more information on Thomas Edison.

Name
Thomas Alva Edison

Date of Birth
February 11,1847

Date of Death
October 18, 1931

Place of Birth
Milan, Ohio

Birth Family
Samuel and Nancy Edison

Marriage/Spouse
Mary Stilwell
After her death, Edison married Mina Miller.

Children
6 children – three by each wife
Marion Estelle ,Thomas Alva Jr., William Leslie,
Madeleine, Charles, Theodore Miller

Education
Very little formal education
Home schooled by his mother

Career
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.

Additional Information
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.

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