Black and white photograph of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison.

Thomas Alva Edison

(1847 - 1931)

The son of a politically radical Canadian, Thomas Alva Edison held a record 1,093 U.S. patents and was the inventor of, among other things, the phonograph. The “Wizard of Menlo Park” stumbled upon the idea while attempting to design a machine that would transcribe telephone signals into telegraph messages.

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1921 | West Orange, NJ

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For Thomas Edison, education before entertainment.More


Thomas Edison received three months of formal education at the age of eight before his mother homeschooled him. Benjamin Franklin quit school at age ten, Charles Dickens at twelve.

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