Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison 

vote recording machine, Henry Ford Museum, PEM photo

 Thomas Edison

Finally he decided that the big problem to solve was electric light--made a big announcement in 1878
  Edison's first lightbulb

 Generators at Pearl Street Station

Competition popped up very quickly

electric chair story :

 Artist's rendering of Kemmler's execution

Edison went on to work on motion pictures, an ore separator , synthetic rubber, and concrete houses .
Edison's special talents:
 PEM photo, Henry Ford Museum

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last updated 10/24/05