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Thomas Alva Edison

(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 ...

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World Encyclopedia

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..., Thomas Alva ( 1847–1931 ) US inventor . Edison made many important inventions, such as the telegraph, phonograph ( 1877 ), the first commercially successful electric light ( 1879 ) and improvements to the electricity distribution system. By the time of his death, he patented more than 1,000 inventions. During World War 1, he worked for the US government on anti-submarine weapons. Most of his companies merged into the General Electric Company ( GEC ) in 1892...

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The Oxford Companion to American Military History

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..., Thomas Alva ( 1847–1931 ), prolific inventor, entrepreneur, and industrialist. A pioneer in team industrial research, Edison made significant innovations in communications technologies (telegraph, telephone, phonograph, and motion pictures) and in electric lighting and electric power systems. Edison's laboratories in New Jersey and his worldwide acclaim as a successful inventor reinforced an aura of American industrial progress through research that fostered application of systemized research to military technology in the first half of the twentieth...

Edison, Thomas (Alva)

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William Brooks and George L. Frow

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...527–36 D.D. Runes , ed.: The Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison (New York, 1948/ R ) R. Conot : A Streak of Luck (New York, 1979) W. Wachhorst : Thomas Alva Edison (Cambridge, MA, 1981) G.L. Frow : The Edison Disc Phonographs and the Diamond Discs (Sevenoaks, UK, 1982) J. and S.E. Harvith , eds.: Edison, Musicians, and the Phonograph: a Century in Retrospect (New York, 1987) P. Israel : Edison: a Life of Invention (New York, 1998) M.V. Melosi : Thomas A. Edison and the Modernization of America (New York, 2008) William Brooks...

Edison, Thomas Alva

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The Encyclopedia of the History of American Management

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..., Thomas Alva ( 1847–1931 ) Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio on 11 February 1847 , the son of Samuel and Nancy Edison . He died at home in Orange, New Jersey on 18 October 1931 , a few days after collapsing at a celebration dinner marking the fiftieth anniversary of his invention of the light bulb. His father, a storekeeper, was one of the followers of the Canadian rebel William Lyon Mackenzie, and fled to the United States after the abortive revolt of 1837 . Edison himself was educated largely at home, in a household that Israel ( 1998 )...

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A Dictionary of Scientists

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..., Thomas Alva (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 of his deafness. From the age of seven he lived in Port Huron, Michigan, and when he was twelve years old began to spend much of his time on the railroad between Port Huron and Detroit, selling candy and newspapers to make money. However, he was also fascinated by the telegraph system, designing his own experiments and training himself in telegraphy. He became a...

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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...Thomas Alva Edison 1847 1931 American inventor Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. Quoted in Harper's Monthly Magazine (September 1932), also reportedly in a Life of Edison, Chap. 24 (1932) (possibly the former was quoting from the latter), having originally been said by him in about 1903. Earlier, the French naturalist, the Comte de Buffon (1707–88), was quoted in 1803 as having said, ‘Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience.’ Compare Carlyle...

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Francis Crick

Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

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...Thomas Alva Edison 1847 – 1931 American inventor I told [Kruesi] I was going to record talking, and then have the machine talk back. He thought it absurd. However, it was finished, the foil was put on; I then shouted ‘Mary had a little lamb’, etc. I adjusted the reproducer, and the machine reproduced it perfectly. On first words spoken on a phonograph Byron M. Vanderbilt, Thomas Edison, Chemist (1971), 99 ‘ Mary had a little lamb’, etc. Genius is two percent inspiration, ninety-eight percent perspiration. Francis Arthur Jones, The Life of Thomas...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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...Thomas Alva Edison 1847 – 1931 Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. c. 1903, quoted by M. A. Rosanoff, Harper's Monthly Magazine [Sept. 1932] There's a way to do it better—Find it. directive to a research assistant, c. 1919, cited in Robert Debs Heinl, Dictionary of Military and Naval Quotations What is home without a mother? Edison was musing on the home life of chickens in the technological future. William Holzer, the brother of his deceased wife, was developing an electric incubator. “Just think,” Edison wrote,...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0ThomasAlva Thomas Alva Edison 1847 – 1931 American inventor The roots of tobacco plants must go clear through to hell. in American Heritage 12 July 1885 The horseless vehicle is the coming wonder. interview, in New York World 17 November 1895 horseless vehicle horseless vehicle coming wonder Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. said 1903, in Harper's Monthly Magazine September 1932 genius is one per cent inspiration Genius is one per cent inspiration ninety-nine per cent perspiration I have not failed....

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0Thomas0Alva Thomas Alva Edison 1847 – 1931 American inventor The horseless vehicle is the coming wonder. interview, in New York World 17 November 1895 horseless vehicle horseless vehicle coming wonder Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. said c. 1903, in Harper's Monthly Magazine September 1932; see buffon genius is one per cent inspiration Genius is one per cent inspiration ninety-nine per cent perspiration I have gotten a lot of results! I know several thousand things that won't work. often quoted in...

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The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors (2 ed.)

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..., Thomas Alva ( 1847–1931 ) US physicist and inventor . Edison accumulator Edison effect Edison...

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison  

(1847–1931) American physicist and inventorEdison was born in Milan, Ohio, and was taught at home by his mother – he had been expelled from school as ‘retarded’, perhaps because of his deafness. From ...
cylinder

cylinder  

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A recording device patented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1877. It consisted of a cylinder covered with aluminium foil, the recording being indented on its surface. The sound thus preserved ...
edisonade

edisonade  

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After American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, modeled after “Robinsonade”, a story similar to Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe a story featuring a young (typically American) inventor protagonist ...
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 ...
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 ...
cinematography

cinematography  

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The art and techniques of film photography (including lighting). The work of the cinematographer.
William Keith Kellogg

William Keith Kellogg  

(1860–1951)William Keith Kellogg was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on 7 April 1860 and died there on 6 October 1951. He was the seventh of the ten children of ...
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 ...
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 ...

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