Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman.
Born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio, Edison grew up in Port Huron, Michigan, where he attended public school only three months after which his mother who was a school teacher took care of his education. At the time, Edison developed the process of self-education and self-learning, which helped him a lot during his lifetime.
Edison was one of the most prolific inventors with a total number of 1,093 patents. He has created many great things that are significantly improved life around the world. The most famous are phonograph, telegraph, long-lasting electric light bulb and Kinetograph (one of the earliest motion picture cameras).
In addition to the brilliant inventions, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork. These two things are the major reason why he is often credited with the creation of the world’s first industrial research laboratory.
Edison’s influence on life in the 20th century was enormous and his fame as an inventor who laid the basis for the technological and social revolution of the modern electric world remains unmatched.