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Thomas A. Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, have had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of organized science and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He established the first industrial research laboratory. Edison was raised in the American Midwest; early in his career he worked as a telegraph operator, which inspired some of his earliest inventions. In 1876, he established his first laboratory facility in Menlo Park, New Jersey, where many of his early inventions were developed. He later established a botanic laboratory in Fort Myers, Florida in collaboration with businessmen Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, and a laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey that featured the world's first film studio, the Black Maria. He was a prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as patents in other countries. Edison married twice and fathered six children. He died in 1931 of the complications of diabetes.

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Feb 11, 1847 In Milan, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory 1897-05-31
Latest Project:
Movie Edison 2015-01-20
Known For
Poster of The Extraordinary Voyage
Poster of Star Power: The Creation Of United Artists
Poster of The Shadow of Hate
Poster of The Golden Twenties
Movie Edison Himself (archive footage) 2015-01-20
Movie The Extraordinary Voyage Himself - Filmmaker (archive footage) 2011-12-08
Movie Murnau, Borzage and Fox HImself (archival footage) (uncredited) 2008-12-09
Movie Edison: The Invention of the Movies Himself (archive footage) 2005-01-01
Movie Star Power: The Creation Of United Artists (archive footage) 1998-01-01
Movie The Shadow of Hate (archive footage) 1995-06-16
Movie The Crash of 1929 Self (archive footage) 1990-11-19
Movie Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1982-01-01
Movie The Golden Twenties Himself (archive footage) 1950-04-07
Movie Okay for Sound Unknown 1946-09-07
Movie A Day with Thomas A. Edison Unknown 1922-03-08
Movie Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory Unknown 1897-05-31