Portrait of Thomas EdisonAnother portrait of Thomas EdisonThomas Edison – Perhaps the greatest of the modern inventors

Known by many as the father of the modern world due to all of the breakthroughs that he made, Thomas Edison was born on February the 11th   1847 in Milan Ohio, USA.

Edison had severe hearing problems due to having scarlet fever when he was young. He often referred to himself as deaf and he believed that his loss of hearing helped him to be a better scientist.

  1. Edison holds 1093 patents including the Nickel – iron Battery, the Modern Tattoo machine; the first devices to record and view movement (the Kinetoscope and the Kinetograph) and the Phonograph.
  2. Edison was one of the first major proponents of Solar energy, as early as the late 1800’s. He famously said “I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle it”.
  3. Edison was responsible for the word “Hello” being used at the beginning of telephone conversations before Edison’s involvement the standard greeting was Ahoy.
  4. Edison taught his second wife Mina Morse code and proposed to her by tapping it out on her palm, she tapped back yes.
  5. Edison believed in the power of positive thought and never giving up, two of his most famous quotes are “I’ve not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” and “our greatest weakness is giving up, the most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”.

In 1963 the National Park Service declared that Edison’s home and lab were a national park, he is one of a very select group of individuals to have this honour. The site is called the Edison National Historic Site.

Photograph of Thomas Edison