Thomas Edison

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Thomas Edison

An American businessman and inventor. He is especially known for inventing the light bulb, but he also created the phonograph, which laid the foundation for much of modern telecommunications. He founded General Electric. Edison lived from 1847 to 1931.
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Overall, The Wizard of Menlo Park brings into sharp and dramatic focus the extent to which modern society and its patterns of mass leisure are indebted to the inventions of Thomas Alva Edison.
He was a professorial, though untutored, scientist; he was an alchemist, an intimate of Mme Blavatsky, and a card-carrying Theosophist; he was a tinkerer, a Yankee mechanic, innocent of theoretical knowledge, like Alexander Graham Bell and Eli Whitney; he was the Wizard of Menlo Park, progressing beyond the normal human range; he was a Horatio Alger hero, a financial success; he was a financier, the cynically manipulative cohort of Jay Gould and J.
By the time he turned his attention to moving pictures in the 1890s, the electric light and the phonograph were behind him, and the Wizard of Menlo Park had become an international celebrity.