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Thomas Alva Edison

(1847—1931) American inventor

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Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell  

(1847–1922).Inventor of the telephone. Bell followed his father in teaching his system of ‘visible speech’ to the deaf. In 1870 he emigrated to Canada and in 1873 was appointed professor of vocal ...
cinematography

cinematography  

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The art and techniques of film photography (including lighting). The work of the cinematographer.
Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge  

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(1830–1904).Photographer. Best known for his studies of human and animal locomotion, he originally made his reputation as a San Francisco–based landscape photographer. He also invented a device known ...
Edison, Thomas

Edison, Thomas (11 Feb 1847)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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(b Milan, OH, 11 Feb 1847; d West Orange, NJ, 18 Oct 1931),

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Edison, Thomas Alva

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World Encyclopedia

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Edison made many important inventions, such as the telegraph, phonograph (1877), the first commercially successful electric light (

Edison, Thomas Alva

Edison, Thomas Alva (1847–1931)   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of the History of American Management

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Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio on 11 February 1847, the son of Samuel and Nancy Edison

Edison, Thomas

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The Oxford Companion to United States History

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(1847–1931), inventor and business entrepreneur. Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, but moved with his family to Port Huron, Michigan, at age seven. He was educated ... More
Edison, Thomas A.

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History

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(1847–1931), American inventor and manufacturer.

The most prolific inventor in American history, Thomas Edison played a major role

Edison, Thomas Alva

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A Dictionary of Scientists

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(1847–1931) American physicist and inventor Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, and was taught at home by his mother – he had been expelled from school as ‘retarded’, perhaps because ... More
Electrical Industry

Electrical Industry  

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A continuous current of electricity became available in 1800, when Alessandro Volta (1745–1827) described Volta's pile, which, with another arrangement called the crown of cups, were the first ...
electricity

electricity  

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Any effect resulting from the existence of stationary or moving electric charges.
George Westinghouse

George Westinghouse  

(1846–1914), inventor, industrialist.Born in Central Bridge, New York, Westinghouse worked as an apprentice in his father's machine shop. During the Civil War, he served as an engineering officer in ...
Harvey Firestone

Harvey Firestone  

(1868–1938), industrialist, corporate executive.Harvey Firestone was born near Columbiana, Ohio, to a well-to-do farm family. After graduating from high school in 1887, he held several clerical jobs, ...
Henry Ford

Henry Ford  

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(1863–1947)US motor manufacturer. He was a pioneer of mass production and had a profound influence on the widespread use of motor vehicles. In 1909 Ford produced his famous Model T, of which 15 ...
Herbert Newton Casson

Herbert Newton Casson  

(1869–1951)Herbert Newton Casson was born in Odessa, Ontario on 23 September 1869. He died at home in Norwood, Surrey on 4 September 1951. His father, the Reverend Wesley Casson ...
Household Technology.

Household Technology.  

Industrialization transformed American society, permanently altering the tools and work processes of preindustrial America. New technologies helped change how households fed, clothed, cleaned, and ...
Illumination.

Illumination.  

Although lighting might appear a necessity, the perception of needs has changed radically since the Colonial Era, when the expense of illumination restricted it to domestic use, and night and ...
John Wanamaker

John Wanamaker  

(1838–1922)John Wanamaker was born in Philadelphia on 11 July 1838 and died there on 12 December 1922. In the late 1850s Wanamaker and his brother-in-law, Nathan Brown, set up ...
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recording  

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A disc, tape or electronic medium containing sounds, e.g. music or a dramatic performance. (v) To make a recording of a performance. Recording of a performance is a breach of ...
Research Laboratories, Industrial.

Research Laboratories, Industrial.  

Organized research on new products and processes began in large business organizations in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The pioneers were companies in the new fields of electricity ...

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