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Thomas Edison

1847 - 1931

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Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and early versions of the electric light bulb, have had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Edison has received more than 16,771,617 page views. His biography is available in 168 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 166 in 2019). Thomas Edison is the 2nd most popular inventor, the 3rd most popular biography from United States and the most popular American Inventor.

Thomas Edison is most famous for inventing the electric light bulb.

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Among INVENTORS

Among inventors, Thomas Edison ranks 2 out of 355. Before him are Leonardo da Vinci. After him are Johannes Gutenberg, Nikola Tesla, James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, Louis Braille, and Charles Babbage.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1847, Thomas Edison ranks 1After him are Alexander Graham Bell, Paul von Hindenburg, Bram Stoker, Jesse James, Maria Feodorovna, Auguste Escoffier, Otto Wallach, Joseph Pulitzer, Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, and Georges Sorel. Among people deceased in 1931, Thomas Edison ranks 1After him are Gustave Le Bon, Khalil Gibran, Anna Pavlova, Lili Elbe, George Herbert Mead, Geli Raubal, Arthur Schnitzler, Albert A. Michelson, Otto Wallach, Omar Mukhtar, and Theo van Doesburg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thomas Edison ranks 3 out of 15,968. Before him are Donald Trump (1946) and Thomas Jefferson (1743). After him are Muhammad Ali (1942), Jimmy Carter (1924), Edgar Allan Poe (1809), Ulysses S. Grant (1822), Abraham Lincoln (1809), Marilyn Monroe (1926), Sylvester Stallone (1946), Steve Jobs (1955), and Malcolm X (1925).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Thomas Edison ranks 1After him are Henry Ford (1863), Samuel Morse (1791), Samuel Colt (1814), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Jimmy Wales (1966), William G. Morgan (1870), Herman Hollerith (1860), Isaac Singer (1811), Charles Goodyear (1800), and Willis Carrier (1876).