Thomas Edison

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Thomas EdisonName: Thomas Alva Edison

Born: February 11, 1847, Milan, Ohio, USA

Death: October 18, 1931 (Age: 84)

Computer-related contributions

  • American inventor and businessman.
  • Developed the phonograph, the Kinetoscope (a motion picture camera), and a long-lasting, and practical electric light bulb.
  • One of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention.
  • The fourth most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents including a stock ticker, vote recorder, electric car battery, electrical power, recorded music, and motion pictures.
  • Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories.
  • Edison founded 14 companies, including General Electric, which is still in existence as one of the largest publicly traded companies in the world.

Honors and awards

  • In 2011, Edison was inducted into the Entrepreneur Walk of Fame.
  • In 2010, Edison was honored with a Technical Grammy Award.
  • Edison was ranked thirty-fifth on Michael H. Hart's 1978 book The 100, a list of the most influential figures in history.


"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."

"Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success."

"I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill."