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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. 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 24,389,956 page views. His biography is available in 176 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 168 in 2019). Thomas Edison is the 2nd most popular inventor, the most popular biography from United States (up from 3rd in 2019) and the most popular American Inventor.

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

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Among inventors, Thomas Edison ranks 2 out of 354Before him are Leonardo da Vinci. After him are Nikola Tesla, Johannes Gutenberg, James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Elon Musk, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Louis Braille, and Charles Babbage.

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

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thomas Edison ranks 1 out of 18,182After him are Thomas Jefferson (1743), Muhammad Ali (1942), Jimmy Carter (1924), Edgar Allan Poe (1809), Steve Jobs (1955), Abraham Lincoln (1809), Marilyn Monroe (1926), Neil Armstrong (1930), Sylvester Stallone (1946), Grace Kelly (1929), and Ulysses S. Grant (1822).

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), Steve Wozniak (1950), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Herman Hollerith (1860), Charles Goodyear (1800), William G. Morgan (1870), Willis Carrier (1876), and Isaac Singer (1811).