Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thomas Alva Edison' s Birthday






Today (February 11th) is Birth Day of famous inventor/scientist/businessman Thomas Alva Edison .

He had invented thousands of new things including phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

He holds 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

He has contributed lot for the improvement of telecommunication also. His early day experience as telegraph operator helps him to achieve more in telecommunication also.

Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, United States and grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. He was the seventh and last child of Samuel and Nancy Matthews Elliott.

In school, the young Edison's mind often wandered, this ended Edison's three months of official schooling. He learned everything from his Mother.Edison had hearing problems from early age. Some people are saying that his hearning impairment was caused by a train conductor when his chemical labortory in a boxcar caught fire.

During his childhood days he sold candy,vegetables and newspapers on trains running from Port Huron to Detroit. This experience eventually led him to found 14 companies, including General Electric (GE).

Edison became a telegraph operator after he saved three-year-old Jimmie MacKenzie from a train accident. Jimmie's father is a station agent. He trained Edison as telegraph operator.

On December 25, 1871, Edison married 16-year-old Mary Stilwell.

He invented phonograph in 1877 which gained him lot of fame.
His first speech thro' his Phonograph is "Mary Had a Little Lamb".

His another major invention is long lasting electric bulb.

Thomas Edison died of complications of diabetes on October 18, 1931.

Several places (e.g Town of Edison, New Jersey.) have been named after Edison.

You can read his Quotes here.


Find below the result for Timeline search for Edison in Google. You can view Google wonder wheel for Edison here.


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  1. 1847
    Feb 11, 1847 - Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio. He was the seventh and youngest child of Samuel and Nancy Edison. ... [ library.thinkquest.org ]. Edison,Tom,invention,patent,Thomas Edison,Boston,world's first,telegraph,Tom Edison,Edison ...

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    From Nancy Edison - Pipl Profiles - Related web pages
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  2. 1876
    1876 - In 1876, Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his mimeograph. In 1907, 100 years ago, jazz musician, composer and bandleader Benny Carter was born in New York.
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  3. 1877
    Dec 6, 1877 - On December 6, 1877, "Thomas A. Edison made the first recording of the human voice onto a tinfoil roll, singing 'Mary Had a Liule Lamb'"45 Weiss continues:. As never before voice is separated from body and eternalized in a technological mechanism—breeding the ...

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  4. 1878
    Apr 8, 1878 - So much attention has recently been attracted to the Inventions of Thomas A. Edison, that the facts concerning this remarkable man may be found interesting. ... So much has recentiy attracted to ttb Inventious of Thomas A. Edison, that tho concerning this man may bo found Interestilo. ...
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  5. 1879
    Oct 21, 1879 - In a small laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, on October 21, 1879, Thomas A. Edison announced the success of his incandescent electric lamp. It was an exciting day in American history as Edison would play a key role in bringing electricity to the US. "At ...

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    From Edison didn't invent the electric light bulb | OurNewspaperARCHIVE
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  6. 1882
    1882 - A.: Historians generally credit Edward H. Johnson, the vice president of Thomas A. Edison's electric company, with the introduction of the lights, in the rear parlor of his New York home, in 1882. The 80 hand-wired, hand-blown glass bulbs were wrapped in red ...

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    From FYI - The New York Times
    www.nytimes.com/2000/12/03/nyregion/fyi-476145 ...
  7. 1896
    Feb 13, 1896 - The results of Thomas A. Edison's experiments with Roentgen rays yesterday in his laboratory at Orange were rather negative. ... Mr. Edison had a nine-foot funnel of Sheet iron- prepared yesterday, in order to find out if the Roentgen rays would carry that distance. ...
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  8. 1915
    Oct 16, 1915 - Thomas A. Edison, chairman of the United States Naval Advisory Board, was in Chicago for a few hours today, on his way to San Francisco from the East. Brains. Brains. Chairman of Naval Advisory Board Favors Gigantic Plan for Defenses so that Efficiency of Each Man Could be Multiplied ...
    From NEXT WAR, MACHINE WAR, SAYS THOMAS A. EDISON. - Related web pages
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  9. 1929
    Oct 23, 1929 - Thomas A. Edison spent today resting quietly as the guest of Henry Ford at Dearbor The aged inventor was much fatigued after his strenuous day ... Premier Briand of France yesterday sent a menage to Thomas A. Edison which a ed too late to be read on the occasion of the golden jubilee ...
    From … DAY; THE PRESIDENT AND EDISON IN DEARBORN LABORATORY. - Related web pages
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  10. 1931
    Oct 30, 1931 - I give and bequeath to my two sons, Charles Edison and Theodore 1 I. Edison, all of my shares of the capital stock of Thomas A. Edison. ... A. EDISON (LS1 t3, sealed, published and declared by the said Thomas Alva Edison, as and for a codicil to his last will and testament, ...
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1377 - King Ladislas of Naples (d. 1414)
1380 - Gianfrancesco Poggio Bracciolini, Italian humanist (d. 1459)
1466 - Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII of England (d. 1503)
1535 - Pope Gregory XIV (d. 1591)
1568 - Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (d. 1625)
1649 - William Carstares, Scottish minister (d. 1715)
1657 - Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, French scientist and man of letters (d. 1757)
1755 - Albert Christoph Dies, German composer (d. 1822)
1764 - Marie-Joseph de Chenier, French poet (d. 1811)
1774 - Hans Järta, Swedish political activist (d. 1847)
1776 - Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire and first head of state of independent Greece (d. 1831)
1799 - Basil Moreau, French Founder priest (d. 1873)
1800 - William Henry Fox Talbot, English photographer and inventor (d. 1877)
1802 - Lydia Maria Child, American abolitionist (d. 1880)
1812 - Alexander Hamilton Stephens, American politician (d. 1883)
1813 - Otto Ludwig, German writer and critic (d. 1865)
1819 - Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer (d. 1890)
1821 - Auguste-Édouard Mariette, French Egyptologist (d. 1881)
1830 - Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff, Prussian musician (d. 1913)
1833 - Melville Weston Fuller, 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)
1839 - Josiah Willard Gibbs, American physicist (d. 1903)
1847 - Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor (d. 1931)
1860 - Rachilde, French author (d. 1953)
1869 - Helene Kroller-Muller, Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
1869 - Else Lasker-Schüler, German writer (d. 1945)
1873 - Feodor Chaliapin, Russian singer (d. 1938)
1874 - Elsa Beskow, Swedish author (d. 1953)
1874 - Fritz Hart, English-born composer (d. 1949)
1887 - John van Melle, South African writer (d. 1953)
1890 - David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
1891 - J.W. Hearne English cricketer (d. 1965)
1894 - Alfonso Leng, Chilean composer (d. 1974)
1898 - Leó Szilárd, Hungarian-born physicist (d. 1964)
1900 - Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (d. 2002)
1900 - Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
1901 - Roddy Connolly, Irish politician, son of James Connolly (d. 1980)
1902 - Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect (d. 1971)
1903 - Hans Redlich, Austrian composer (d. 1968)
1904 - Sir Keith Holyoake, Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1983)
1908 - Philip Dunne, American screenwriter, director and producer (d. 1992)
1908 - Vivian Ernest Fuchs, English geologist (d. 1999)
1909 - Max Baer, American boxer and actor (d. 1959)
1909 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American director (d. 1993)
1912 - Roy Fuller, English writer (d. 1991)
1914 - Matt Dennis, American singer (d. 2002)
1915 - Patrick Leigh Fermor, English author
1917 - T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
1917 - Sidney Sheldon, American author (d. 2007)
1919 - Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born actress (d. 1995)
1919 - Eddie Robinson, American football coach (d. 2007)
1920 - King Farouk I of Egypt (d. 1965)
1920 - Daniel F. Galouye, science fiction author (d.1976)
1920 - Billy Halop, American actor (d. 1976)
1920 - Daniel "Chappie" James Jr., American general (d. 1978)
1921 - Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (d. 2006)
1921 - Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
1925 - Kim Stanley, American actress (d. 2001)
1926 - Paul Bocuse, French chef
1926 - Alexander Gibson, British conductor
1926 - Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor
1930 - Roy De Forest, American Painter (d. 2007)
1931 - Larry Merchant, American sportswriter
1932 - Jerome Lowenthal, American pianist
1932 - Dennis Skinner, British politician
1934 - Mel Carnahan, American politician (d. 2000)
1934 - Tina Louise, American actress
1934 - Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and dictator
1934 - Mary Quant, English fashion designer
1934 - John Surtees, MBE, English motorcycle and race car driver
1935 - Bent Lorentzen, Danish composer
1935 - Gene Vincent, American musician (d. 1971)
1936 - Burt Reynolds, American actor
1937 - Bill Lawry, Australian cricketer
1937 - Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey player
1938 - Bevan Congdon, New Zealand cricketer
1938 - Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
1938 - Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer and songwriter (d. 2007)
1939 - Gerry Goffin, American lyricist
1939 - Jane Yolen, American author
1941 - Sergio Mendes, Brazilian musician
1943 - Serge Lama, French singer
1946 - Ian Porterfield, English footballer (d. 2007)
1947 - Joselito, Spanish singer
1947 - Kikko Matsuoka, Japanese actress
1947 - Derek Shulman, English musician
1953 - Jeb Bush, American politician
1953 - Philip Anglim, American actor
1954 - Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
1954 - Wesley Strick, American screenwriter
1956 - Catherine Hickland, American actress
1956 - Didier Lockwood, French violinist
1956 - H.R., American singer
1959 - Roberto Moreno, Brazilian racing driver
1960 - Nick Currie, Scottish musician
1960 - Richard Mastracchio, NASA astronaut
1961 - Mary Docter, American speed skater
1961 - Carey Lowell, American actress
1962 - Tammy Baldwin, American politician
1962 - Sheryl Crow, American musician
1962 - Eric Vanderaerden, Belgian cyclist
1963 - José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer
1963 - Diane Franklin, American actress
1964 - Sarah Palin, American politician
1964 - Ken Shamrock, American martial artist
1965 - Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer
1967 - Uwe Daßler, German swimmer
1967 - Hank Gathers, American basketball player (d. 1990)
1967 - Scott Shay, American linguist
1969 - Jennifer Aniston, American actress
1970 - Fredrik Thordendal, Swedish musician
1971 - Evan Tanner, American mixed-martial artist (d. 2008)
1971 - Damian Lewis, British actor
1972 - Brian Daubach, American baseball player
1972 - Craig Jones, American musician (Slipknot)
1972 - Steve Mcmanaman, English footballer
1972 - Kelly Slater, American surfer
1973 - Ethan Iverson, jazz pianist
1973 - Jeon Do-yeon, Korean actress
1973 - Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician (Burzum)
1974 - D'Angelo, American singer
1974 - Alex Jones, American radio host
1974 - Zain Verjee, American newsreporter
1975 - Jacque Vaughn, American basketball player
1975 - Andy Lally, American race car driver
1976 - Brice Beckham, American actor
1976 - André Wickström, Finland-Swedish comedian and actor
1977 - Mike Shinoda, American musician (Linkin Park and Fort Minor)
1979 - Brandy, American singer and actress
1980 - Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player
1980 - Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer
1980 - Matthew Lawrence, American actor
1980 - Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
1981 - Kelly Rowland, American singer
1981 - Scot Thompson, American soccer player
1982 - Natalie Dormer, English actress
1982 - Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
1983 - Nicki Clyne, Canadian actress
1983 - Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress
1983 - Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer
1984 - Matt Good, American musician
1984 - Aubrey O'Day, American singer
1984 - Maxime Talbot, Canadian ice hockey player
1985 - Harris Allan, Canadian Actor
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1990 - Princess Ayah of Jordan
1992 - Blair Dunlop, English actor
1992 - Georgia Groome, English actress
1992 - Taylor Lautner, American actor
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updates on Feb 11th 2011

Google had shown a special Doodle to celebrate 164th birthday of Edison.


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