Thomas Alva EdisonBorn: 1847
Birthplace: Milan, Ohio
Electric lamp—Edison held 1,093 patents, including those for the incandescent electric lamp, the phonograph, the carbon telephone transmitter, and the motion-picture projector. He also created the world's first industrial research laboratory. (1973)Died: 1931
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