Thomas Edison

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What do you use to see at night? You probably said some form of light containing a light bulb of some kind. Well, before Thomas Edison came along people used gas lamps, and fire to see. Thomas Edison was person who revolutionized the world with his amazing invention of the incandescent light bulb, and he also had other revolutionary inventions. Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio (Edison’s Light bulb). His parents were Samuel and Nancy Edison, and he was the last of seven children. As a child he had very little education. He only attended school for only a couple months, his mother taught him, reading, writing, and arithmetic (Edison Biography). He was curious though, and taught himself by reading. At age…show more content…
He also worked on motion pictures. Edison is quoted in saying "I am experimenting upon an instrument which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear" in 1888. He and an assistant, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, started working on movies in 1889 (Edison Motion Pictures). They invented the actual motion picture camera called a Kinetograph, and the Kinetoscope, which was used to see the motion pictures (Edison Motion Pictures). He demonstrated them in 1891, and production began in 1893 (called movies), he developed the equipment needed to film and show movies. Others became interested in the idea and continued to improve it (Edison Biography). Then came Edison’s biggest failure. He tried to find methods of mining iron ore, and spent millions and 10 years of research on this project, but couldn’t come up with anything that worked. He would have been ruined (money wise), have it not been that he was working on the phonograph and motion pictures at the same time (Edison Biography). He then worked on creating a better storage battery for electric cars. He began to develop alalikine battery in 1899 (Edison Biography). It took him ten years, and by the time he finished gasoline cars had gotten better and were used more than electric cars. Instead his batteries were used for lighting miners lamps, railway signals and cars, lamps, and ocean buoys. This invention was his most profitable (Edison Biography). In 1915, Edison asked (and did)

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