The First Industrial Lab: Jay Gould And His Inventions

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The first and the second laboratory:
A year later he opened his first industrial laboratory, where he would conduct several different experiments. His next major invention was the Quadruplex telegraph for Western Union, which was capable of transmitting two signals in two directions on a single wire. Jay Gould, the railroad industrialist, bought the rights of the telegraph and offered Edison a sum of $100000 dollars for his invention.
Edison subsequently married Mary Stillwell, one of his employees at the lab. He had three children from her. Unfortunately, the marriage was short-lived, as Stillwell died of brain tumor at the age of 29.
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Instead, most of his inventions were made using electrical energy. In 1878 he dedicated almost two and half years of his life to invent incandescent electric lighting. He was granted a patent for the famous light bulb in 1880. That same year he founded the Edison Illuminating Company and then left Menlo Park to travel around the globe. He visited different cities, offering his consultation services to local union councils and electrical companies on how to implement electrical systems.
His work at the Pearl Street generating station allowed the residents of lower Manhattan to receive a constant 110 volts of electricity in their houses. Four years later, Edison remarried. His new wife was almost twenty years younger than him. A year later, he built an industrial research laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey which was the primary research laboratory for the Edison Illuminating Company. During that time, he also upgraded his phonograph, which was now capable of recording sound on wax cylinders.
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Even though he suffered plenty of failures, his desire to continue contributed significantly to his success.
Later life:
By the early 1900’s, automobiles had become a common sight on the roads of the United States. Edison tried to create an electric battery that could power an electric car. Due to the abundant availability of gasoline, the electric car did not receive the response that Edison hoped for. However, the car battery was a huge success, and still plays a pivotal role in the automobile industry.
Thomas Edison was also asked by the government during the World War 1 to head the Naval Consulting Board. The Naval Consulting Board was responsible for new inventions that could be used by the military. Even though he wasn’t inclined towards using technology for destruction, he still worked on several projects for the government, including submarine detectors and gun-location techniques.
He applied for the last of his 1,093 patents during this time. The last patent granted was for an apparatus that could hold objects together during the electroplating

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