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  Thomas Edison - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thomas Edison began his career as an inventor in Newark, New Jersey with the automatic repeater and other improved telegraphic devices, but the invention which first gained Edison wide fame was the phonograph in 1877.
Edison (or, reportedly, one of his employees) employed the tactics of misusing Tesla's patents to construct the first electric chair for the state of New York to promote the idea that AC was deadly.
Thomas Edison was a freethinker, and was most likely a deist, claiming he did not believe in "the God of the theologians," but did not doubt that "there is a Supreme Intelligence." However, he rejected the idea of the supernatural, along with such ideas as the soul, immortality, and a personal God.
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 World Almanac for Kids   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
EDISON, Thomas Alva (1847–1931), American inventor, whose development of a practical electric light bulb, electric generating system, sound-recording device, and motion picture projector had profound effects on the shaping of modern society.
Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, on Feb. 11, 1847.
Edison’s crowning achievement in telegraphy was his invention of machines that made possible simultaneous transmission of several messages on one line and thus greatly increased the usefulness of existing telegraph lines.
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 MSN Encarta - Thomas Alva Edison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Edison acquired his knowledge of electricity and telegraphy (use of a telegraph system to communicate at a distance) as a teenager.
Edison created a central mechanism by which all the receiving tickers could be put in unison with the main sending apparatus.
Edison's first major achievement at Menlo Park was an improvement on the telephone.
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 SPECTRUM Biographies - Thomas Alva Edison
Edison entered school in Port Huron, but his teachers considered him to be a dull student.
Edison moved to New York City and within a year, he was able to open a workshop in Newark, New Jersey.
Edison was a poor financial manager and by 1875, he began to experience financial difficulties.
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 Edison, Thomas Alva. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Edison’s first inventions were the transmitter and receiver for the automatic telegraph, the quadruplex system of transmitting four simultaneous messages, and an improved stock-ticker system.
Edison held over 1,300 U.S. and foreign patents, and his workshops at Menlo Park (1876) and West Orange, N.J. (1887), were significant as forerunners of the modern industrial research laboratory in which teams of workers, rather than a lone inventor, systematically investigate a given subject.
An Edison memorial tower and light was erected (1938) in Menlo Park, N.J.; Edison’s laboratory and other buildings associated with his career are preserved or replicated in Greenfield Village.
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 The Thomas A. Edison Papers
Thanks to the tireless work of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the daily record of Edison's extraordinary life and achievements is coming to light.
Edison was also a savvy businessman and shrewd manager with enormous talent for transferring technology from laboratory to market.
While Edison’s genius spawned many seminal inventions of the modern world, his greatest invention may have been the first industrial research laboratory—a prototype for today’s large corporate research and development centers.
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 History of Vegetarianism - Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1937)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thomas Peters, of Gourock, draws our attention to the following statement of the New York Sun about the great inventor : "Thomas A. Edison, according to a friend of his, is a Vegetarian, eschewing flesh, fowl and fish.
Alva Edison, the famous inventor ceased using meat and went for a thorough course of vegetarianism.
Edison was so pleased with the change of diet that, now he has regained his normal health, he continues to renounce meat in all it's forms.
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 Thomas Alva Edison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Edison was born in 1847, a year when Michael Faraday practically invented alternating current (passing a magnet through a coil of wire, he found, generated electricity).
By 1869, Edison's inventions, including the duplex telegraph (which sent messages in opposite directions at the same time on the same wire) and the message printer, were progressing so well, he left telegraphy and began a career of full-time inventing and entrepreneurship.
With this windfall, Edison was able to establish a laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, and later in West Orange, where he continued to turn out a prodigious amount of work for the rest of his life in what would become a model of the modern industrial research laboratory.
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 Thomas Alva Edison as a Scientist and Inventor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
When Edison was born, society still thought of electricity as a novelty, a fad.
In his lifetime, Edison patented 1,093 inventions, earning him the nickname "The Wizard of Menlo Park." The most famous of his inventions was an incandescent light bulb.
Edison was quoted as saying, "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." In tribute to this important American, electric lights in the United States were dimmed for one minute on October 21, 1931, a few days after his death.
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 The Lightbulb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, on February 11, 1847.
The Edison storage battery was extremely rugged and had a high electrical capacity per unit of weight.
Other discoveries by Edison include the electric pen, the mimeograph, the microtasimeter (used for the detection of minute changes in temperature), and a wireless telegraphic method for communicating with moving trains.
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 Thomas Alva Edison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thomas Alva Edison is one of the most famous American inventors.
He realized, however, that this was impractical and that the weight of the motor that was needed to lift a craft into the air vertically with the current state of the technology was too great to allow for flight.
Among Edison's other inventions were the phonograph, flexible celluloid film and his invention of the movie projector, which aided the development of the motion picture industry, the alkaline storage battery, a magnetic process to separate iron ore, and the carbon microphone.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/Dictionary/edison/DI22.htm   (422 words)

  
 IMA Hero: Thomas Alva Edison HH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thomas Alva Edison is known as the Wizard of Menlo Park and is one of the greatest inventors in the world.
Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio, near Lake Erie.
Edison was a former school teacher so she took Alva out of school and taught him at home.
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 Edison's Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thomas Edison was more responsible than any one else for creating the modern world....
Thomas Edison was not born into poverty in a backwater mid-western town.
It should come as no surprise that, during his free time, Edison soon resumed his habit of "moonlighting" with the telegraph, the quadruplex transmitter, the stock-ticker, etc. Shortly thereafter, he was absolutely astonished - in fact he nearly fainted - when a corporation paid him $40,000 for all of his rights to the latter device.
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 Edison, Thomas Alva --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thomas Alva Edison demonstrating his tinfoil phonograph, photograph by Mathew Brady, 1878.
Edison was the quintessential American inventor in the era of Yankee ingenuity.
Thomas Alva Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, and it quickly become the most popular home entertainment device of the century.
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 Thomas Edison | American Inventor
Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio.
Edison was also a ruthless businessman who fought viciously to defeat his competitors.
It places Edison in the context of the Industrial Revolution and its aftermath, and provides background on how he developed the collaborative research methods upon which today's corporate research departments and think tanks are modeled.
www.lucidcafe.com /library/96feb/edison.html   (595 words)

  
 The Henry Ford
Thomas Edison was born in 1847 in Milan, Ohio He grew up in Port Huron, Michigan.
Edison spent the next few years working on an electrical system that would be successful commercially.
Thomas Edison's Menlo Park laboratory complex and the inventions he made there are over 100 years old.
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 Edison Elementary - About Thomas Edison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thomas Alva Edison is one of America's most famous inventors.
Edison is most famous for his development of the first electric light bulb.
Thomas Edison was born February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio.
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 The Home School Learning Network, Thomas Alva Edison Unit Study, Homeschool Curriculum and Unit Studies Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Edison did not consider his loss of hearing a disadvantage but said it was actually an advantage to his style of work.
Thomas Alva Edison died on October 20, 1931, at the age of 84.
Thomas Edison was a firm believer in the importance of failure.
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 Thomas Alva Edison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Edison was a cigar smoker, and one of his minor annoyances was that reporters helped themselves from the box in his office and kept depleting his supply.
Edison was a great admirer of Robert Green Ingersoll and offered the extravagant tribute of suggesting that Ingersoll had all the attributes of a perfect man. He also admired other contemporary freethinkers, such as Luther Burbank, and his good friend John Burroughs, the naturalist.
Edison did apparently believe in a "Supreme Intelligence," in which respect he was a typical 19th century deist.
www.positiveatheism.org /hist/edison.htm   (3399 words)

  
 Inventor Thomas Alva Edison
An account of the life of inventor Thomas Edison, focusing on his intellectual contributions, his absorption in his work, the mythology that developed and was cultivated about him, and the cultural context in which he produced his inventions.
Thomas Edison eventually proved himself to be one of the most prolific inventors of practical electrical devices in history.
Edison received his first patent, of the more than 1,000 patents, in 1868 for a vote counter intended to speed up proceedings in Congress.
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 Invent Now | Hall of Fame | Search | Inventor Profile
One of the outstanding geniuses in the history of technology, Thomas Edison earned patents for more than a thousand inventions, including the incandescent electric lamp, the phonograph, the carbon telephone transmitter, and the motion-picture projector.
At a moment of crisis on the Gold Exchange caused by the breakdown of the office's new telegraphic gold-price indicator, Edison was called in to try to repair the instrument; this he did so expertly that he was given a job as its supervisor.
In 1876 Edison gave up the Newark factory altogether and moved to the village of Menlo Park, New Jersey, to set up a laboratory where he could devote his full attention to invention.
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 Thomas Alva Edison
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) recognized no power greater than Nature, and spent his life investigating the nature of Nature.
He studied Thomas Paine's Age of Reason before he was 12, and said the "flash of enlightenment that shone from its pages" never left him.
Edison spoke about the unfairness of steeping children in superstition before they have a chance to think for themselves-"The great trouble is that the preachers get the children from six to seven years of age, and then it is almost impossible to do anything with them.
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 Amazon.com: Books: Edison : A Life of Invention   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Israel, coauthor of Edison's Electric Light and managing editor of the Thomas Edison Papers (in progress), in effect confirms that assessment.
Israel portrays Edison as an improver of inventions and transformer of concepts into products, someone who applied himself pragmatically to the uses of electricity?from the telegraph and telephone and storage battery to the phonograph, incandescent light and motion picture.
The world might never have heard of Thomas Alva Edison if his family had not been forced to leave their home in the small village of Vienna in Upper Canada (what is today the province of Ontario).
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 Edison Birthplace Museum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb, and many other devices that make our lives fuller and simpler, was born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847.
The Edison Birthplace Museum features a collection of rare Edisonia, including examples of many of Edison's early inventions, documents, and family mementos.
The Birthplace is open February through November and is located at 9 Edison Drive in Milan, Ohio (near Exit 118 of the Ohio Turnpike).
www.tomedison.org   (84 words)

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