Thomas Alva Edison, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front, circa 1922 by Louis Bachrach, Bachrach Studios, restored by Michel Vuijlsteke (public domain)

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He and his company developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. As the founder of Edison Records and the Motion Picture Patents Company, he was an important early influence on the music and movie industries.

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