Who Invented the Light Bulb?


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Thomas Edison is typically credited with inventing the light bulb in 1879. However, he was not the only person in history to have contributed to the development of the modern incandescent light bulb.

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In 1800, Italian Alessandro Volta invented the modern battery, but his copper wire that glowed was one of the first examples of incandescent lighting. British inventor Humphry Davy created the electric-arc lamp in 1802, which was the first electric light, but it was too bright and did not last long. Warren de la Rue and Joseph William Swan were other British inventors who made attempts at inventing incandescent lights in the 1800s. Edison bought the patent for the electric light from Canadians Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans, who made a failed attempt to make electric lamps commercially profitable.

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