Thomas Alva Edison

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Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that really influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and great teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison's Menlo Park laboratory complex is said to breathe on in California's "invention factory" at Silicon Valley. Edison is measured one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as several patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with frequent inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications.

These integrated a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures. His complex work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and execution of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories a central development in the modern industrialized world. His first power station was on Manhattan Island, New York, U.S.

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