Thomas Alva Edison is one of America’s most famous inventors. Edison saw huge change take place in his lifetime. He was responsible for making many of those changes occur. His inventions created and contributed to modern night lights, movies, telephones, records and CDs. Edison was truly a genius.

Edison is most famous for his development of the first electric light bulb. When Edison was born, electricity had not been developed. By the time he died, entire cities were lit by electricity. Much of the credit for electricity goes to Edison.

Some of his inventions were improvements on other inventions, like the telephone. Some of his inventions he deliberately tried to invent, like the light bulb and the movie projector. But some inventions he stumbled upon, like the phonograph. Of all his inventions, Edison was most proud of the phonograph.

Edison invented and improved upon things that transformed our world. Some things he invented by himself. Some things he invented with other people. Just about all his inventions are things we still use in some form today. Throughout his life, Edison tried to invent things that everyone could use.

Edison created the world’s first “invention factory”. He and his partners invented, built and shipped the product – all in the same complex. This was a new way to do business. Today many businesses have copied Edison’s invention factory design.

A business friend once asked Edison about the secret to his success. Edison replied, “Genius is hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense“. But his “common sense” was very uncommon. More patents were issued to Edison than have been issued to any other single person in U.S. history: 1,093.

Genius is hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense – Thomas Alva Edison

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration – Thomas Alva Edison