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a battery for an electric car.[2] he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention. he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. as well as many patents in the United Kingdom. telecommunications. businesses. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world. His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. including the phonograph. Edison's inventions contributed to mass communication and. France.093 US patents in his name. his inventions established major new industries world-wide. . practical electric light bulb. are the impacts of his inventions.Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison (February 11. and because of that.[3] Edison is the fourth most prolific inventor in history. recorded music and motion pictures. in particular. 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. the motion picture camera. sound recording and motion pictures. and a long-lasting. notably. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park". and Germany. electrical power. Edison developed a system of electric-power generation and distribution[4] to homes. electric light and power utilities. 1847 – October 18. a mechanical vote recorder. More significant than the number of Edison's patents. These included a stock ticker. because Edison not only invented things. holding 1.

the young Edison's mind often wandered. Parker's School of Natural Philosophy and The Cooper Union. Early life Thomas Edison was born in Milan. born in Chenango County. "My mother was the making of me. someone I must not disappoint. born in Marshalltown. (1804–96. Michigan. He was the seventh and last child of Samuel Ogden Edison. and grew up in Port Huron. . New York).+ Much of his education came from reading R. New York. Edison recalled later. and his teacher." His mother taught him at home. and I felt I had something to live for. This ended Edison's three months of official schooling. the Reverend Engle.[5] His father had to escape from Canada because he took part in the unsuccessful Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837 Edison reported being of Dutch ancestry. Canada) and Nancy Matthews Elliott (1810–1871.and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialized world.G. Nova Scotia. She was so true. was overheard calling him "addled". In school. Jr. His first power stationwas on Pearl Street in Manhattan. so sure of me. Ohio.

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