Thomas Alva Edison The Greatest Inventors of All Time

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and is one of the greatest inventors of all time. Edison began to work at a very young age and continued to work until his death. During his career, Thomas Alva Edison has been patenting around 1.093 results of his discovery, including electric light bulbs, gramophone, also a film camera. The third discovery aroused great industries for electrical, recordings and films industry which ultimately affects people’s lives around the world. Edison is also known as the inventor of applying the principle of ‘mass production’.

Thomas Alva Edison himself gained his expertise in the field of electricity and telegraphy (telegraph for communication) at the age of a twelve years. In 1868, at the age of 21 years, he has developed and patenting the discovery of a machine that recorded the telegraph.

Young Thomas Alva Edison

Young Thomas Alva Edison

In his childhood, Edison just attended an official school for three months, then all of his education was obtained from her mother who taught Edison in home. Edison’s mother taught Edison how to reading, writing, and mathematics. She also often gave and read books for Edison, for example, the books that written by Edward Gibbon, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.

Edison at age 12, earned income by working to sell papers and newspapers, apples and candies at a railway station. At that age anyway, Edison almost lost the entire of hearing because of illness he suffered, the disease makes him a half-deaf. Edison once wrote in his diary: “I have never heard a bird singing since I was 12 years old.”

At the age of 15 years, Edison, while still selling, he is buying a small second-hand printing machines that are installed in a car trunk. He then printed his own story, the WEEKLY HERALD, printed, edited and sold in a place he’s selling.

In the summer of 1862, Edison saved a three-year-old boy who almost get hit by a car. The father of a child is the head of the railway station where he sell. And as a thank you, the station head taught Edison how to use the telegraph. After 5 months of studying the telegraph, Edison worked as a telegraph expert for 4 years. Almost all the salary he gets spent by building a wide range of laboratory and other electrical appliances.

Edison was very happy to learn something and read books. Of all that has been learned, Edison applied the lessons by way of experimenting in his laboratory. Edison lived in his lab, sleep only 4 hours a day, and eat of the food brought by his assistant. Edison conducts experiments and continued until its perfect. Might be a suitable word to describe cleverness Edison are: “Genius is 99% hard work”.


light bulbs

electric lamp consisting of a transparent or translucent glass housing containing a wire filament (usually tungsten) that emits light when heated by electricity


gramophone is an old type of record player. the sound produced by the vibrating needle is amplified acoustically

a film camera

a camera that takes a sequence of photographs that can give the illusion of motion when viewed in rapid succession


telegraph is a device used to communicate via electronic signals and was the main mode of communicating long distance.


having a caretaker or other watcher


receive a specified treatment


feel unwell or uncomfortable

a half-deaf

almost can not hear the sound


the way a person behaves toward other people

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