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Thomas Edison made more than a thousand inventions including the incandescent electric lamp the phonograph the carbon telephone transmitter and the motion-picture projector He also created the worlds first industrial research laboratory He was born in Milan Ohio By the time he was ten he had set up a small chemical laboratory in the cellar of his home after his mother got him interested in physical science book He found the study of chemistry and the production of electrical current from jars interesting and soon made a homemade telegraph set In 1868 he went to Boston as an expert night operator for Western Union Telegraph Company but did not sleep much because he was enjoyed experimenting with electrical currents in new ways Borrowing some money allowed him to give up his job in the autumn of 1868 and became an inventor with his first success been an electrical vote recorder During the summer in 1869 he was in New York and slept in a basement below Wall Street Edison was called in to try to repair the offices new telegraphic gold-price indicator at a moment of crisis on the Gold Exchange caused by the breakdown of the telegraphic machine and because he did it so well he was given a job as its supervisor Soon he had remodelled the machine so well that its owners the Western Union Telegraph Company commissioned him to improve the crude stock ticker just coming into use It was called Edison Universal Stock Printer which together with several other derivatives of the Morse telegraph brought him a sudden fortune of 40000 With this money he set himself up as a manufacturer in Newark New Jersey producing stock tickers and high-speed printing telegraphs In 1876 Edison gave up the Newark factory altogether and moved to the village of Menlo Park New Jersey to set up a laboratory where he could devote his time to making new inventions
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