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Edisons and His Brilliance Thomas A Edison earned his reputation as one of Americas greatest inventors and heroes Full of innovation ingenuity and enterprise Edison embodied much of what Americans have felt was positive about the national experience Edison can put claim to 1093 US patents in addition to thousands more international patents His works include such major contributions as advancements in telegraphy the phonograph a perfected nickel-iron-alkaline battery and the first commercially successful incandescent lighting system As shown by his many patents Edison not only contributed innovative technologies to society but he was also a successful entrepreneur Edisons success with the incandescent light was not only one of his greatest achievements but also one of mans greatest achievements Edison began tinkering with the notion of incandescence in 1876 up to 1878 when he dedicated his efforts to produce an economical electric light He combined both his stunning intellect with his spirit for hard work to produce some of the worlds greatest inventions Finally in 1879 after nearly four years of tedious work Edisons first success came about with the use of a carbonized cotton thread History of Thomas A Edison Born on February 11 1847 to Samuel and Nancy Edison Thomas spent the first seven years of his life in Milan Ohio his place of birth In 1854 opportunity took the Edison family to Port Huron Michigan a city twice the size of Milan Edisons formal education ended after only three months of private schooling he responded poorly to the regimented atmosphere of the school which caused some to see Edison as a problem child However Edisons mother a former school teacher began educating Thomas at home Edison credits some of his creativity to his non-formal education claiming that formal education cast the brain into a mould and did not encourage original thought or reasoning laying more stress on memory than on observation Early on Nancy provided
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