Thomas Edison

By: Uliya Votintsev

About Thomas Edison

Well we all say he made the light bulb, but every one always gets it mixed up he didn't invent the light bulb he just made the light bulb better because the light bulbs that they used weren't as good as the ones that Thomas Edison invented.

Thomas Edison's Inventions

Young Life

His father was an exiled political activist from Canada. His mother was an accomplished school teacher which was a major influence in his early life. He got scarlet fever & caused him to become deaf. In 1854 they moved to Portland,Michigan where he attended a total of 12 weeks of school. He was a hyperactive child which was difficult for the teacher so his mom quickly took him from school and taught him by her self. When he was 11 years old he showed a huge appetite for knowledge so he grew to work by him self that would serve him through out his life.

Early Careers

At age 12 he made his own news paper called the Grand Trunk Herald. When he started to sell his news paper it was a blast! This was the first of what would become a long string of entrepreneurial ventures where he saw a need and capitalized on opportunity.


One time when he was selling his news paper near the train station he saw a little child on the tracks of the train that was coming closer & closer, he saved that 3-year old child and the child's father rewarded him by teaching him how to work a Telegraph.

Why is Thomas Edison a VIP?

Inventor Thomas Edison created such great innovations as the electric light bulb and the phonograph. A savvy businessman, he held more than a 1,000 patents for his inventions.

Thomas Edison is famous because he is the most prolific inventor in American history. His 1,093 patents, a record number, covered innovations and improvements in a number of areas such as electric power, motion pictures and sound recording. That is why Thomas Edison is a VIP.

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