Birth date of Thomas Edison, American inventor
February 11, 1847
Thomas Alva Edison, born and raised in the Midwest, was a curious and productive adolescent. He travelled the country by rail while conducting experiments, producing his own newspapers, and working in mechanics. He settled in New York City to work on a new technology of his called the telegraph. Soon famous for his ingenuity, Edison established his own company, married, and settled in a new lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey. He was dubbed the “Wizard of Menlo Park” for thousands of inventions and ideas, though there were two in particular that brought the world into an electric era. First, the phonograph was a machine that could successfully record and play back sound. Though he was partially deaf, Edison had created the precursor to the record player and radio. Next, Edison displayed the incandescent light, and created a system that would help power an entire grid of luminous electricity. In his later life, Edison moved to a larger complex in West Orange, New Jersey, where he secured the rest of his patents – which neared 1,000 – and began to explore the cinema. The revolutionary inventor once asserted, “genius is 1% perspiration and 99% inspiration.”
What would the world be like today without Edison’s inventions?