Fascinating Thomas Alva Edison Facts
1. Thomas Edison invented the talking doll in 1888.
2. Thomas Edison's first invention was a Vote Recorder in 1868.
3. Thomas Edison invented the Edison battery that made use of an alkaline electrolyte.
4. Mahen Theatre in Brno in what is now the Czech Republic, was the first public building in the world to use Edison's electric lamps.
5. Thomas Edison formed the Edison Electric Light Company in 1878 in New York City.
6. Thomas Edison was born to a large family of thirteen children, he was number seven.
7. Thomas Edison is the third most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name.
8. Thomas Edison invented the first incandescent light bulb in 1879.
9. Thomas Edison is famous for the following quote, 'Genius is one percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration'.
10. Thomas Edison's closest friends included Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.
11. Thomas Edison was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention.
12. Thomas Edison displayed a placard on his desk with Sir Joshua Reynolds' famous quote: 'There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking'.
13. Thomas Alva Edison patented almost 1,300 inventions in his lifetime!
14. Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark!
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