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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 Best known for his studies of human and animal locomotion, he originally made his reputation as a San Francisco–based landscape photographer.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 ...
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 ...
recording

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 ...
Robert Noyce

Robert Noyce  

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(1927–1990) American physicistNoyce was the son of a congregational minister from Denmark, Iowa. He was educated at Grinnell College, Iowa, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he ...
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter  

(1943–)Rosabeth Kanter was born Rosabeth Moss on 15 March 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Nelson Moss, an attorney, and his wife Helen. She married Stuart Kanter in ...
Samuel Insull

Samuel Insull  

(1859–1938), businessman, utilities-industry spokesman.Born near London, England, Insull learned stenography, emigrated to America, and landed a job in 1880 as the personal secretary of Thomas ...
telegraph

telegraph  

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N.1 a system for transmitting messages from a distance along a wire, especially one creating signals by making and breaking an electrical connection: news came from the outside world by ...
War and the Military in Film

War and the Military in Film  

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This entry consists of two articles, the first, Newsfilms and Documentaries, on how war and the military have been portrayed in newsreels and other forms of news footage as well ...
Welch, John Francis, Jr

Welch, John Francis, Jr  

(1935–)Jack Welch was born into a middle-class family in Salem, Massachusetts, the only child of a train conductor/union leader. Welch's father worked gruelling hours to support the family, often ...

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