Thomas Edison: The Greatest Inventions That Changed The World

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Thomas Edison invented many machines and products that changed the way the world lived. He had dedication and perserverance and pushed through regardless of his failures, to invent some of the greatest inventions the world has ever seen. Thomas Edison truly was a gifted inventor. His machines provided an easier daily lifestyle for people, and his works benefitted many all over the world. On February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio, the world was gifted with the birth of one of the most talented and popular inventors ever, Thomas Alva Edison. "He was the seventh and last child born to Samuel Edison Jr. and Nancy Elliott Edison, and would be one of four to survive to adulthood. Thomas Edison received little formal education, and left school in…show more content…
He was gifted with the character of determination, and throughout his career he had many failures time and time again, but it certainly did not stop him from figuring out a way to make his creations work. With hard work and a lot of dedication, Thomas A. Edison became one of the most popular inventors of his time and went on to create some of the greatest inventions ever. Thomas' inventions were game changers. During his career, he received over a thousand patents for his works. The electrographic vote recorder, the automatic telegraph, the electric pen, the practical light bulb, the kinetographic camera, and others such as the phonograph, the carbon telephone, , the electric lighting system, the electric generator, the motograph (loud speaking telephone), fuel cell technology, the universal stock printer, the ore separator, the alkaline battery, and an improved version of cement, were all Thomas Edison's creations or improvements of other inventor's designs. He had a lot of interest in electrical as it is easy to see. The light bulb is probably the Seaver 2 work that Thomas Edison is most well known for. Many scientists before him tried to…show more content…
"Thomas Edison’s serious incandescent light bulb research began in 1878, filing his first patent later that year…'Improvement In Electric Lights' in October 1878. His experiments involved the fabrication and testing of many different metal filaments, including platinum.
Platinum was very difficult to work with, and prone to being weakened by heating and oxygen attack. In addition, platinum was expensive, and too low in resistance; which would require heavy copper conductors in Edison’s electric distribution system he was designing to supply commercial installations of his bulbs. This system would later become the model for our modern electric utility power distribution system of today. Edison then resorted to a carbon-based, high- resistance, filament. One year later in October 1879 Edison successfully tested a filament that burned for 13.5 hours. Continuing to improve his design, by November 1879, he filed for a
U.S. patent for an electric lamp using 'a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected … to platina contact wires'. The filament was made from a piece of carbonized thread. By New
Year’s he was demonstrating lamps using carbonized cardboard filaments to large crowds at
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