• Early Life

    Early Life
    Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in the town of Milan, Ohio.1 His parents, Sam and Nancy Edison, were of Canadian origin and had six children prior to Thomas, only three of whom survived
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  • Young life

    Young life
    His first job was selling newspapers and snacks to the commuters on the train that ran between Port Huron and Detroit. Edison’s job on the train allowed him to expose himself to the world of business and the excitement of a large city.
  • Receives his first patents, for voterecording machine

    Receives his first patents, for voterecording machine
    Edison's first patented invention was a vote recorder for use by legislative bodies such as Congress.Edison was issued U. S. Patent 90,646 on 1 June 1869
  • revoultion of the telegrpahy

    revoultion of the telegrpahy
    Edison worked out of Newark, New Jersey, where he developed telegraph-related products for both Western Union Telegraph Company (then the industry leader) and its rivals.
  • Wizard of Menlo Park

    Wizard of Menlo Park
    Edison conducted experiments at his Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory. He did not work alone. A team of talented workers assisted him all hours of the day and night. These men had the skills to make Edison's ideas and sketches into real devices.
  • Patent for the eletric pen and the mimeograph.

    Patent for the eletric pen and the mimeograph.
    Thomas Edison received US patent 180,857 for Autographic Printing on August 8, 1876.[6] The patent covered the electric pen, used for making the stencil, and the flatbed duplicating press.
  • Invention of the Phonograph

    Invention of the Phonograph
    The next time you listen to a favorite album, you can thank Thomas Edison for discovering the secret to recording sound. Before there were CD players and tape decks, there was the phonograph.
  • Edison Eletric Light Company Founded.

    Edison Eletric Light Company Founded.
    Edison formed the Edison Electric Light Company in New York City with several financiers, including J. P. Morgan and the members of the Vanderbilt family.
  • incandescent light bulb

    incandescent light bulb
    Thomas Edison was not the inventor of the electric light bulb, but he did produce the first commercially viable one.. It was not until several months after the patent was granted that Edison and his team discovered that a carbonized bamboo filament could last over 1200 hours.
  • Mass production of the Incandescent light bulbs

    Mass production of the Incandescent light bulbs
    He launched the electrical revolution and made a system of electrical power generators of light bulbs that are able to power buildings houses and streets.
  • Pearl Street Plant

    Pearl Street Plant
    With the opening of the Pearl Street station in lower Manhattan. Thomas Edison publicly presented a complete system of commercial electric lighting and power.
  • Municipal Power Plant

    Municipal Power Plant
    Edison Illuminating Company begins building municipal power plants.
  • Formation of General Eletric.

    Formation of General Eletric.
    Drexel, Morgan & Co, a company founded by J.P. Morgan and Anthony J. Drexel, financed Edison's research and helped merge those companies under one corporation to form Edison General Electric Company which was incorporated in New York on April 24, 1889
  • General Eletric is Founded

    General Eletric is Founded
    General Electric was formed through the 1892 merger of Edison General Electric Company of Schenectady, New York, and Thomson-Houston Electric Company.
  • Invention of the Kinetoscope

    Invention of the Kinetoscope
    Edison and his assistant W.K.L Dicknson designed a black Marie production film which was the first movie studio used. That helped invent the screen projecters.
  • Production of the nickle-iron battery.

    Production of the nickle-iron battery.
    He actually developed the battery to be the battery of choice for electric vehicles which were the preferred transportation mode in the early 1900s
  • Portland cement Company

    Portland cement Company
    Edison was developing an iron ore milling process and discovered a market in the sale of waste sand to cement manufacturers. He decided to set up his own cement company, founding it in New Village, New Jersey in 1899, and went on to supply the concrete for the construction of the Yankee Stadium in 1922.
  • First Commercially succesful phonograph.

    First Commercially succesful phonograph.
    Phonograph cylinders are the earliest commercial medium for recording and reproducing sound. Commonly known simply as "records" in their era of greatest popularity.
  • First talking motion pictures.

    First talking motion pictures.
    Edison introduced a new cylinder-based synch-sound apparatus. One of the first videos of history called "MonkeyShines" apperead on Thomas Edisons Motion Pictures.
  • US congressional Medal.

    US congressional Medal.
    On this date, the House of Representatives voted to approve H.J. Res. 243, awarding inventor Thomas A. Edison a Congressional Gold Medal.
  • Edisen's decent

    Edisen's decent
    He continued to work into his 80s and acquired 1,093 patents in his lifetime. He died at his home in New Jersey on October 18, 1931.