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  • 1. By: Ronvin Kwan KCR
  • 2.
    • Thomas Edison was born on 11 th February 1847.
    • And died at his age of 85...
    • He is considered one of the most important inventors in history.
    • He held 1093 US patents and many patents also in the UK, France and Germany in his name.
    1847~ 1931
  • 3.
    • Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio and moved to Port Huron, Michigan.
    • He was the smallest child in the family of seven children.
    • His father was called Samuel Ogden Edison and his mother was called Nancy Matthews Elliot.
  • 4.
    • According to my research, during that time it was the Industrial Revolution.
    • Many inventions took place such as steam engines, etc.
  • 5.
    • In primary school, Edison’s teacher called him ‘addled’ because his character is very simple-minded and so called ‘stupid’ by his schoolmates.
    • He got hearing problem at an early age because of scarlet fever.
    • His ‘addled’ which led to his 3 months of official schooling.
    • Instead of attending other schools, his mother taught him by herself at home.
    • He learned from reading R.G. Parker’s ‘School of Natural Philosophy’ and ‘The Copper Union’.
  • 6. Edison’s career
    • Thomas Edison began his career as an inventor in Newark, New Jersey.
    • Because his invention had been presented to people, neighbors, public, etc, some people called him “The Wizard of Menlo Park”.
  • 7. Edison’s inventions (Part 1) Audio Tinfoil phonograph Wax cylinder recorder Voice recorder Disc phonograph Visual Motion Pictures
  • 8. (Part 2) Communication Quadruplex telegraph Telegraph transmitter Loud Speaker- telephone Automatic telegraph Machineries Ore milling
  • 9. (Part 3) Lighting Light Bulb Electric light system Electricity Electric generator Electric pen
  • 10. The Lab
    • Edison setup the world’s first industrial research and development lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
    • He was legally recognized with most of the inventions produced there.
    • Nearly all of his patents were utility patents, which were protected for a 17-year period and included various electrical inventions.
  • 11. Successful inventor
    • Same as his friend Henry Ford, Edison’s true success was in his ability to maximize profits through building up of mass-production systems and intellectual property right.
    • He found 14 companies, including General Electric which is one of the largest public companies in the world.
  • 12. The Final Years
    • Edison was very good in business right up to the end. Just months before his death in 1931.
    • He was said to have been influenced by a fad diet that was popular in the day to that in his last few years.
    • He died at his home. (18 th October 1931)
  • 13. Places named for Edison
    • Many places have been named after him like notably the town of Edison, in New Jersey.
    • 2 community colleges are named for him: Edison State College in Florida and Edison Community College in Ohio.
    • Edison Memorial Tower and Museum, New Jersey.
  • 14. Honors and Awards
    • Edison won the Matteucci Medal in 1887.
    • In 1983, the US Congress designated on 11 th February, Edison’s Birthday, as National Inventor’s Day.
  • 15. Thomas Edison set an good example of creativity and hard working. Thank you!