Thomas Alva Edison: The Man of a Thousand Inventions Essay

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“I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it (Sullivan 5).” These are the word that Thomas Alva Edison lived his life by. This is why he is known as the greatest inventor in Americas history. Thomas was granted 1093 patents over his life time. Some of the main inventions that changed the world are the electric light bulb, phonograph and movie camera and projector and much more(Jenkins 1). Thomas Edison is well known for his invention of electricity but he has made many more contributions to society. Edison was born on February 11, 1887 in Malian, Ohio. He had seven siblings and he was the youngest. When he was born he was very sick and had a very big head. The doctor thought he was infected with brain …show more content…
This was an important invention because it allowed people to send message to other towns. After Edison saw how the telegraph work he wanted to try and make his own system. So he and a friend concocted a plan of how to send messages back and forth to each others homes by using batteries instead of electricity. Edison realized after doing these experiments he needed money to be able to continue to buy things for his future experiments. Working on his families farm and selling vegetables didn’t earn him enough money for his experiments so he took a job on the grand trunk railway selling newspapers and snacks to the passengers. While working for the railroad he found that people were interested in what the pre civil war debates and there were not many of these types of papers so he developed his own paper and selling them from at ever stop they made. When he found how many people wanted to buy this paper he up this price and made a lot of money for a young boy (Sullivan 29). While he still worked for the railroad he learned to master the telegraph it was still not a high functioning piece of equipment. He then took on a job as a telegraph operator and began traveling around the united states. His first patent he applied for was a boating machine counter while he was for western union telegraph union in Boston in 1868 (Dolan 23). He then designed the duplex telegraph line which was supposed to be a much better system but it failed but he

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