Saturday, May 26, 2007

Alexander Graham Bell & Thomas Alva Edison

Alexander Graham Bell (3 March 1847 – 2 August 1922) was a Scottish scientist, inventor, and innovator. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, he emigrated to Canada in 1870, and then to the United States in 1871, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1882.

Bell was awarded the U.S. patent for the invention of the telephone in 1876; although other inventors including Antonio Meucci had claimed the honor, the Bell patent remained in effect.

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Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices which greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and a long lasting light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

2 comments:

Robyn said...

Very informative. Hey, wer'e doing a project at school on Thomas Edison!
Mind if I steal some of your stuff?

Tori_Z said...

Go for it. I posted more for you to use.