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Intriguing Facts About Thomas Edison

Prabhanjan Borkar Nov 18, 2020
"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." Yes, you guessed it right! This was said by Sir Thomas Alva Edison. Here's a list of quiz questions for you to prove your admiration for him. Let's play!
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As a youth, Edison was home-schooled, self-educated. Intense curiosity, nourished by his home education, drove him to become perhaps America’s best technician on telegraphy.
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Edison’s key fortune was telegraphy. Being a telegraph operator, he learnt the fundamentals of electricity. This helped him to build the first electricity-based broadcast system – the Universal Stock Ticker.
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His magical inventions completely transformed the way people lived, hence the name. In Menlo Park, he invented phonograph and electric light in one of his most real and commercial application-based research laboratories.
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“I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention of 1,000 steps.” These were the words said by Sir Thomas Edison while giving an interview to a reporter.
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The Edison Illuminating Company provided electricity to homes, in New York, at a rate equivalent to gas. On September 4, 1882, the electricity was evident at the power station on Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan.
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The child's grateful father rewarded him by teaching him to operate a telegraph. By age 15, he had learned enough to be employed as a telegraph operator.
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Edison received his first patent on an electric vote recorder, a device intended for use by elected bodies such as Congress to speed the voting process. This invention was a commercial failure. He realized that he needs to come up with something that the real people want.
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Edison formed the Edison Electric Light Company in New York City in 1878 with several financiers: J. P. Morgan, Spencer Trask, and the members of the Vanderbilt family.
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Thomas Edison was totally deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other. It came as a blessing to him as he could have more time to work. He was a “two-shift” man working 16 hours a day!
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Sir Thomas Edison has 1,093 U.S. patents under his name. He was the driving force behind such inventions. He is also known for creating the world’s first industrial research laboratory.
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He along with his two colleagues, Franklin Pope and James Ashley created an electrical firm in 1869 in NYC. In 1870, he got the first contract from Gold and Stock Company, a telegraphing company.
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Edison worked on developing a suitable storage battery that could power an electric car. Edison designed a battery for the self-starter on the Model T for friend and admirer Henry Ford in 1912.
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Edison called the invention a "Kinetoscope," using the Greek words "kineto" meaning "movement" and "scopos" meaning "to watch."
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