Born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio, Thomas Edison, the wizard of Menlo Park, was a leading American inventor in the electrical age. As he vowed, "never waste time inventing things that people would not want to buy.”(Beals 1) His world-changing inventions not only move people into the electrical age, but also contributed to mass communication, including a long-lasting and practical electric light bulb, a mechanical vote recorder, the phonograph, and electrical power. Edison owned 1,093 American patents in his name, becoming a cultural icon and a symbol of American ingenuity. He died on October 18, 1931, at the age of 84 in New Jersey.
A Expelled Genius
Thomas Edison was the last child of Samuel and Nancy Edison. He has six brothers or sisters.Thomas’s father was a proscriptive political activist from Canada. Although he didn’t talk until he was almost 4 years old,he was always curious about the world. Teachers in school thought Edison was self-centered because he never misses a chance to ask why.His mother, an accomplished school teacher,was convinced Edison had extraordinary intelligences. She started to ask her son to read the "Three Rs" and the Bible. In the meantime, his father encouraged him to read those great classics by giving him a ten cents when he completed per reading. Edison’s parents not only helped him cultivate a strong interest in World History and English literature, but promptly guided him to select books to read. In addition, they also hire a bright teacher for Edison to illustrate Newton's complex mathematical principles and unique style. He got his first job, as a seller on a train, when he was twelve. He learned about how to operate a telegraph on the train. However, unfortunately, he nearly became deaf in a fire accident on the train when he was 14 years.
A Large-scale Visionary