The name "Thomas Edison" makes people think of the first incandescent light bulb or the phonograph machine. Many don't realize that he also created one of the earliest motion picture cameras. This American businessman and inventor was a renowned scientist whose name appears on 1,093 US patents. Thomas Edison devised the world's first manufacturing research laboratory, which was located in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Besides his most famous inventions, there is a lot that the general public doesn't know about this highly successful inventor.
Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio on February 11, 1847. He was the youngest of seven children. His parents gave Thomas the middle name Alva, and most of his family called him Al. One of the family's close friends in Milan was a well-known ship captain named Captain Alva Bradley. The Edison family honored him by giving their son, Thomas, his name.
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