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Thomas Edison - Helping to Light Up Our World

Jan 30, 2014 | by Wendy Weinert

Thomas Edison has been credited with inventing some of the most useful items in the 19th and 20th centuries. Edison filed patents on inventions such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the stock tickers and many other inventions that have benefited the lives of people. However, the most noteworthy invention of the more than thousand patents, Mr. Edison might have been that of the light bulb.

While Edison was not the inventor of the light bulb, he did invent the first incandescent light bulb. The work that Edison did with the filaments of the light bulb, led to major advancements over time. These changes allowed bulbs to be produced and become longer lasting. Edison and his work allowed buildings to be lit with light bulbs that ran on electricity, as opposed to having light from fire, candles and other such items.

From his early work with the light bulb Edison formed the Edison Electric Light Company. The company was one of the first that created a way to distribute electricity to others. The company was one of the groundbreaking companies in the electric industry. The work from the Edison Electric Light Company eventually became General Electric, which was one of the major players in the business.

Thomas Edison Biography

Thomas Edison – Official website which is named after the famous inventor.

Edison Biography – Biographical look at the life of Thomas Edison from Rutgers University.

The Life of Thomas A. Edison – In this informative page from the Library of Congress you will learn about the life and work of Edison.

Edison Smithsonian Biography – Information on the life and work of Thomas Edison from the Smithsonian.

Edison and General Electric – Helpful page from the GE web site which explains how Edison came to be a founder of the company.

Scientist and Inventor – This article looks at the work that Edison did as an inventor and scientist.

Inventions of Thomas Edison

Edison and the Light Bulb – Informative article from MIT which provides a historical look at the work on the light bulb.

Invention of the Light Bulb – Useful timeline of events in the invention of the light bulb.

Patent Application for Light Bulb – Government documents with the application for the patent by Edison for the light bulb.

Who Invented the Light Bulb? - Article which explains who invented the light bulb and how Edison improved the idea.

Edison Invention Timeline – In this timeline you will find the dates of the important inventions and events in the life of Edison.

Miracle of Light – This page from PBS outlines the achievement of discovering light by Edison.

Electricity Generator – Useful information on how Edison developed an electricity generation system.

Con Edison Electricity – Article which summarizes the history of electricity distribution.

Electrical Pioneer – Information on the work of Edison in the field of electricity production and distribution.

Edison Information – Princeton University web page which provides a look at the work and inventions of Edison.

Inventions of Thomas Edison – Helpful page with information and timeline of the Edison inventions.

Edison Inventions – Summary of the numerous inventions of Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison Inventions – Listing of several of the more noteworthy creations coming from the mind of Edison.

The Patents of Thomas Edison – Useful article which serves as a summary of the work of Edison and his numerous patents to his credit.

The First Phonograph – Informative page with information on Edison's invention of the first phonograph.

Motion Pictures – Information on the invention of the first motion picture by Thomas Edison.

Dictating Machine – This page provides a look at the invention of the dictating machine.

Edison Inventions and Patents – Helpful article which chronicles the various achievements of Edison.

Typewriter – Information on the history of typewriter with Edison inventing the first electric typewriter.

Telegraph – Useful article which details the work of Thomas Edison with the telegraph.

Greatest Inventions – This article looks at the 31 greatest inventions of Thomas Edison.

Resources on Edison's Life – Helpful collection of resources about Thomas Edison.

Edison's Inventions – Informative article which outlines the inventions of Edison from the 1900's.

Edison Papers – This page provides information and images related to the papers of the famous inventor.

Thomas Alva Edison – Web page which provides an overview of the life of the inventor.

We hope that you found this information beneficial in learning about the life and inventions of one of the most prolific inventors in the world, Thomas Edison. Please feel free to visit this page again, and also share it with others looking for information on the "Wizard of Menlo Park"