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Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
|by Dr. Frank S. K. Barar|
Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio in 1847, and was educated primarily by his mother, Nancy Elliot Edison, a high school teacher. In 1863 he became a telegrapher. He invented several devices for improving telegraphy, and his first patents were for the electrographic vote recorder and the stock ticker. After selling the two patents he equipped a laboratory in New Jersey.
Reference: 100 men Who Shaped World History by Bill Yenne, Gemini Books, New Delhi, 1997.
Adversity Provides Opportunity
Thomas Edison lost two million dollars worth of equipment and the record of much of his life's works when the Edison Industries were destroyed by the fire in 1914.
Reference: From "Anecdotes of the Great, by J Maurus, BYB Book, Bombay, 1990.
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