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Thomas Edison American Inventor Thomas Edison • Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He had six brothers and six sisters. • He attended school for three months in Port Huron, Michigan. • His mother decided to teach him herself. • Edison loved to read books about chemistry. Thomas Edison • His mom made him move his chemistry lab from his home to an old empty train because it stunk up the house. • He started to become deaf at age twelve. Thomas Edison • Thomas Edison never went to college and never got a degree because he only went to school for three months as a young child. Thomas Edison • He worked as a This is an example of telegrapher in the the Edison Universal Midwest, the south, Stock Printer Canada, and New England. This is an example of a • He directed a laboratory telegraph in Newark, New Jersey. He made the Edison Universal Stock Printer, the automatic telegraph. Thomas Edison • When Edison was 15, he saved a small boy’s life on the train tracks. The boy’s father offered to teach Edison about telegraphy as a reward for saving the small boy’s life. Thomas Edison • He received special awards: • Congressional Gold This is the front and back medal views of the Medal of the • Legion of honor of Congress of the U.S. France Front • Elected to the hall of fame of Great Americas in 1960 Thomas Edison • Thomas Edison Invented: • Transmitter that is still used in telephones and microphones • Tinfoil phonograph • Light bulb • Kinescope • Battery • The light bulb is more than 100 years old. Thomas Edison • Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, New Jersey on October 18, 1931. After he died President Hoover put out the White House lights for one minute on October 22, 1931. Reference: Lang, H & B.M. Lang (1995) Deaf Person in the Arts and Sciences Westpor, CT. Greenwood Pres.
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