This Day in History
Edison and the Electric Light

Thomas Alva Edison Born
February 11, 1847

On this day in 1847, Thomas Alva Edison was born. He was partially deaf and received little formal education. At 16 years of age, Edison became a telegraph operator, experimenting with the device to find ways to improve it. He moved to New York City and started his own research laboratory. Edison held close to 800 patents on the electric light, phonograph, telegraph, storage batteries and telephone.

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