Contributor: Roxann Penny. Lesson ID: 12899
Ever see a cartoon where a light bulb goes on over the head when someone has an idea? Wonder what the cartoonist drew before Thomas Edison had the genuine "light bulb" idea? Study this great inventor!
This former homeschooled student once famously said, "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
Thomas Edison was a great American inventor, innovator, and entrepreneur (business person).
During his lifetime, he obtained a record number of patents for his inventions — over 1,093 patents!
His most noted inventions include the phonograph, the Dictaphone, the storage battery, the incandescent light bulb, and one of the earliest motion picture cameras. However, of all his inventions, his most famous was undoubtedly the incandescent light bulb.
Take a look at the following video presentation for a closer look at the life of Thomas Edison. As you watch Bio.com's Thomas Edison - Mini Biography, make note of the following questions:
Next, before moving on to the Got It? section, take a few minutes to review some facts about Thomas Edison using the following interactive:
Thomas Edison was an iconic inventor and business leader. His inventions, particularly the light bulb, changed the way in which people interacted with their environment.
Continue to the Got It? section to test your knowledge about the life and inventions of Thomas Edison.
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