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  • 1. Thomas Edison Most people know him as the Father of Light. He was so much more….
  • 2.
            • "Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. Accordingly, a  'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework."  
  • 3. At 14; Edison saved a boy’s life. The boy’s father was so thankful he taught Edison Morse code and telegraphy. This started Edison’s work on telegraphs.
  • 4. Edison invented the hand operated phonograph in 1877. Later they became electric.
  • 5. Edison wanted the people to all be able to have a phonograph in their home.
  • 6. The Edison light bulb was created in 1879. He used bamboo he found in Florida for the first filaments. Later, he used metal.
  • 7. Edison’s greatest achievement was creating electric light and heat. He changed the world forever. (1883)
  • 8. Did you know that Edison created the first talking doll? 1889
  • 9. Edison created the first movie camera. (1903)
  • 10. The cylinder phonograph was replaced with a diamond disc phonograph around 1905 .
  • 11. Edison worked with concrete as a building material. Here is a house being poured of complete concrete. (1909)
  • 12. After 50,000 experiments, Edison created the first nickel-iron alkaline battery. (1910)
  • 13. Edison cared deeply for miners. Many of his inventions were for their safety when extracting ore. He created a battery-operated miners hat light. (Approx. 1910)
  • 14. In 1912, Edison created the Kinetoscope that put sounds and pictures together. He also produced around 80 motion pictures.
  • 15. In 1913, Edison created an electric car that ran by batteries. He also created electric windshield wipers.
  • 16. Edison created the first search light in 1915.
  • 17. Edison helped Eastman Kodak develop his cameras. (1928)
  • 18. Edison used plants for many of his inventions. He used the plant seen here to create a type of rubber for his friend Firestone, of “Firestone Tires.” (1929)
  • 19. Edison and Ford had houses next door to each other in Fort Meyers, Florida. The houses are now a neat museum to visit.
  • 20. Edison’s office and lab are part of the museum when you visit.
  • 21. Edison had the first swimming pool in Florida. It was made out of concrete and fed by a water system he created.
  • 22. Best friends for many years…Edison’s 82 nd birthday with H. Ford, H. Firestone, and President Hoover
  • 23. When Edison died the world mourned. To honor his memory Americans turned off their lights. America was dark as they remembered the “Father of Light.” He was 84. October 18, 1931
  • 24. References/Websites
    • http://memory.loc.gov
    • http://www.edison-ford-estate.com
    • http://www.tomedison.org/history.html
    • http://thomasedison.com/edquote
    • Http://americanhistory.si.edu/edison