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Thomas Edison, whose name has become symbolic of inventive creativity, did not attend college. Edison's formal schooling was extremely brief, lasting only two periods and less than a year, but his mother taught him to re... More »

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Thomas Alva Edison, who lived from 1847 to 1931, was one of the most important and prolific inventors in American and world history. Perhaps his chief accomplishment was the invention of the electric light bulb in 1879. ... More »

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Biographies of Thomas Edison are available at Biography.com or online as part of the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University. History.com and ThomasEdison.com also offer online biographies of Edison. More »

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Thomas Alva Edison, who lived from 1847 to 1931, was one of the most important and prolific inventors in American and world history. Perhaps his chief accomplishment was the invention of the electric light bulb in 1879. ... More »

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The American inventor Thomas Edison successfully filed and obtained 1,093 United States patents. His first patent application was executed while he was 21 years old on October 13, 1868. Edison's U.S. patents can be group... More »

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