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Thomas Edison

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Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and successful businessman. He is responsible for many inventions including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, battery storage, and early versions of the electric light bulb. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of teamwork and organized science to the process of invention. He has been described as America’s greatest inventor.

He was heavily involved in founding of the following companies:

  • Edison General Electric (now General Electric)
  • Commonwealth Edison (now Exelon)
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Edison International
  • Detroit Edison (now DTE Energy)
  • Edison Ore-Milling Company
  • Edison Portland Cement Company
  • Ohio Edison (now First Energy)
  • Southern California Edison


  • Franklin Leonard Pope


  • Henry Ford
    • He had mentioned that he would never have been a success if it were not for his friend Mr. Edison. He also had a winter home next door to Edison for many years.
  • Harvey Firestone
  • George Eastman
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Nikola Tesla





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