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Thomas Edison

Born: Feb 11, 1847

Death: Oct 18, 1931

Birthplace: Milan

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Thomas Edison

Date of Birth : Feb 11, 1847
Date of Death : Oct 18, 1931
Birth Place : Milan

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly 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", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Edison was a prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. More significant than the number of Edison's patents was the widespread impact of his inventions: electric light and power utilities, sound recording, and motion pictures all established major new industries world-wide. Edison's inventions contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures.


  • Film Producer
  • Film director
  • Businessperson
  • Entrepreneur
  • Scientist
  • Inventor

Also known as

  • Edison, Thomas
  • Thomas A. Edison
  • The Wizard of Menlo Park
  • Thomas Alva Edison


  • Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr
  • Nancy Matthews Elliott


  • Mina Miller
  • Mary Stilwell


  • Madeleine Edison
  • William Leslie Edison
  • Thomas Alva Edison Jr.
  • Marion Estelle Edison
  • Theodore Miller Edison
  • Charles Edison

Awards Won

  • Congressional Gold Medal
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Franklin Medal
  • Matteucci Medal
  • John Fritz Medal
  • Technical Grammy Award
  • Rumford Prize
  • John Scott Legacy Medal and Premium
  • Grammy Trustees Award
  • Edward Longstreth Medal
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