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date: 23 September 2020

Edison, Thomas Alva 

Source:
A Dictionary of Scientists
Author(s):
 Market House Books Market House Books

(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 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 casual worker on telegraphy (... ...

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