One of the most famous and prolific inventors of all time, Thomas Alva Edison exerted a tremendous influence on modern life, contributing inventions such as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera, as well as improving the telegraph and telephone. In his 84 years, he acquired an astounding 1,093 patents. Aside from being an inventor,
Thomas A. Edison's forebears lived in
Thomas Alva Edison was born to Sam and Nancy on
To seek a better fortune, Sam Edison moved the family to
Around the age of twelve,
During the next period of his life,
His personal life during this period also brought much change.
In order to prove its viability, the first commercial electric light system was installed on
The success of
the invention of a device that combined an AC induction motor with a DC dynamo offered the best performance of all, and AC current became dominant.
The Edison General Electric Co. merged with Thomson-Houston in 1892 to become General Electric Co., effectively removing
An Improved Phonograph
The phonograph was initially marketed as a business dictation machine. Entrepreneur Jesse H. Lippincott acquired control of most of the phonograph companies, including
Other Ventures: Ore-milling and Cement
The task of inventing the machine fell to
Kinetoscope parlors opened in
When Dickson aided competitors on developing another peephole motion picture device and the eidoloscope projection system, later to develop into the Mutoscope, he was fired. Dickson went on to form the American Mutoscope Co. along with Harry Marvin, Herman Casler, and Elias Koopman.
Competition from other motion picture companies soon created heated legal battles between them and Edison over patents.
A fire broke out at the
In the 1920s,
Henry Ford, an admirer and friend of
For his last two years, a series of ailments caused his health to decline even more until he lapsed into a coma on
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