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You might have known Thomas, Edison as an inventor but do you know what he invented and how his life was. Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 and died on October 18,1931 (he lived to be 84 years old). Thomas Edison was an businessman and a American inventor who has been described as America’s greatest inventor. Thomas had very little schooling/education and did not go to a college or university at all which means he never got a degree.
His area of science was electrical engineering. He contributed to science by making many invention and also he was one of the first inventor to start mass production which improved the standard of living for the society. He was the youngest out of the seven children of Samuel and Nancy Edison. In his in 1854, Thomas Edison and his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan, when he went to a public school for a total of 12 weeks. He was prone to distraction and was a very hyperactive child, he was very difficult his teacher had said, so his mother quilty pulled him from the school and home schooled at his home.
When he was 11 years old he showed he was very knowledge, reading books on a wide range of subjects In this wide-open curriculum. Thomas Edison had a process for self-education and learning independently that would serve him throughout his life. When he was 12 years old Thomas Edison he convinced his parents to let him sell newspapers to passengers along the Grand Trunk Railroad line. With the access of the news bulletins each day he began to start publishing his own small newspaper called the Grand Trunk Herald. With the up to date articles the paper was a hit with the passengers. His most famous invention is the first long lasting electric light bulb.
The first successful test was in October 1879 and it lasted 13.5 hours. Thomas Edison continued to improve the design and this was practical the first and long lasting electric light bulb. The other inventions was the phonograph and the motion picture camera. The phonograph was invented in 1877 in the Menlo Park lab and it was his favorite invention and was the first machine that could capture sound and play it back. The motion picture camera was invented around 1889 Edison picked a team of muckers to work on this project.
Headed by William Kennedy Laurie Dickson they had built the Strip Kinetograph. This was a very early movie camera . The “strip” was a piece of long, flexible film that had been invented for regular camera. Unlike older photographic film, it could be wrapped around a wheel or a spool.
The Strip Kinetograph took pictures so fast that they would seem to move. The motion picture was a regular camera but it took 24 pictures/frames per 1 second. Then when you played the picture at a fast rate it looks like the pictures are moving. Thomas Edison accomplished many things, but still never won the nobel prize but he did win the Edward Longstreth Medal, Matteucci Medal, Rumford Prize, Congressional Gold Medal, John Fritz Medal, Grammy Trustees Award, Franklin Medal, Albert Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, John Scott Legacy Medal and Premium, Technical Grammy Award. In all he won 11 awards in his life for his accomplishments and contributions to science.
Some interesting facts about Thomas Edison was when he was 9 years old his mother gave him a elementary science book on how to do chemistry experiments at home and so when he was 10, his mother let him do chemistry labs in there basement, which made his father very nervous. His favorite holiday was the 4th of July so he made his own fireworks to celebrate with some really loud booms. Thanks to the advances that Thomas Edison made and he invented we are now living the life that we might not have lived without him.