Thomas Alva Edison

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Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
Ohio-born Edison is known for being the most prolific inventor in history. Though he started out inauspiciously enough as a telegraph operator, he soon invented an electric vote-recording machine. In short order followed the automatic repeater for ticker-tape and more than a thousand other inventions including the gramophone, the incandescent light bulb, and the kinetoscope. Edison established his laboratory for industrial research in New Jersey.