Thomas Alva Edison

"The Wizard of Menlo Park"

Edison, whose nickname was "Al", created more than 1,000 inventions.

He invented the first light bulb. He wanted to send electric power to a glass bulb to make it light up.

Thomas Edison was most proud of the phonograph, the first device to record and reproduce sounds.

Al improved the telephone and made the typewriter easier to use. Al invented an early motion picture camera called the Kinetograph. Only one person at a time could view the moving pictures through a peephole.

Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He lived in Orange, New Jersy, where he died on October 18, 1931. He was very curious and was always asking his teachers "why?". He was a friend of Henry Ford who gave him a  Model T Ford car. He made the world a better place by inventing the light bulb and electric generator so people could have electric lights in their homes and businesses.

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