Essay on The Invention Of Thomas Alva Edison

1773 Words Oct 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Thomas Alva Edison was the most prolific inventor in American history. As a 19th century pioneer, he introduced America to innovation or invention, research, development and commercialization. His largest contributions to cinema include the phonograph, light bulb, kinetoscope, the first motion picture and the first film production studio. The inventor was born to Sam and Nancy on February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. As a child, Edison was a poor student and teachers saw little potential in him. “His teacher, Mr. Crawford, called him “addled” and said that he had something wrong with his brain and would never be able to learn” (Trayson). Yet, Edison soon started exceeding expectations. In 1854, he worked at the Grand Trunk Railroad in Port Huron, Michigan and set up a chemistry laboratory and printing press in the train’s baggage car, where he started the Grand Trunk Herald, the first newspaper published on a train. Also around the age of twelve, Edison lost almost all of his hearing to an unknown cause, but he did not let the disability discourage him and treated it as a tool to help him concentrate. In 1862, Edison saved a stationmaster 's son from being run over and the father taught Edison how to operate the telegraph, a system for transmitting messages in the form of electrical impulses over a wire through Morse code, as a reward. A few years later, Edison brought his telegraph knowledge to New York, took up a full time job, invented the unsuccessful vote recording…

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