Featuring 3 Great Inventors: Thomas Alva Edison, Alfred Nobel, and Leonardo Da Vinci
Through time, inventors and innovators have seized opportunities at the expense of their personal lives to create what the world is benefiting now. Often, these men and women are so capable of innovative thoughts that they don’t make just one contribution to the world but many.
Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)
American inventor who invented the light bulb and motion pictures among many of his patents. He is considered the most productive inventor in his day, receiving over 1,000 patents for practical applications pertaining to scientific principles. Aside from all his numerous inventions, Edison discovered the Edison Effect in 1883, which later formed the basis of the electron tube. Six years later, in 1889, he formed the Edison Electric Light Company, which through mergers General electric (GE), in 1892. Continue reading
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Profiles Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor of gramophone who laid foundation of electric lighting & lamp, and electronics through “Edison Effect.”
Thomas Alva Edison (b. 1847-d.1931), was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio. Edison was the most productive American inventor of his day, receiving more than a thousand patents for applications of scientific principles. Also a businessman, he 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. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park”, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Self-educated, Edison spent most of his childhood in Michigan and became a railroad newsboy, then at 16, he became a telegraph operator. He patented his first invention, an electronic vote recorder, then set up his own plant in Newark, New Jersey. This time, besides manufacturing, he also developed an automatic telegraph transmitters. Continue reading
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Inventor Heinrich Göbel, later Henry Goebel (April 20, 1818 – December 4, 1893), was a precision mechanic born in Springe, Germany. In 1848, he emigrated to New York City and lived there until his death in December 4, 1893. He changed his nationality in 1865.
In 1893, the American public and in Europe took notice of him by reporting that he had developed incandescent light bulbs comparable to those invented by Thomas Alva Edison 25 years earlier (1879). Goebel did not apply for a patent.
In 1893 the Edison Electric Light Co. brought suit for infringing Edison´s patent against three manufacturers of incandescent lamps. The defense of these companies claimed the Edison patent was void because of the same invention of Henry Goebel 25 years earlier, known as the Goebel-Defense. As there was no convincing proof for the claimed invention of Henry Goebel, judges of four courts raised doubts. Eventually, a research work published in 2007 concluded that the Goebel-Defense was fraudulent.
However, after the death of Henry Goebel, the legend of the practical incandescent light bulb came into being in some countries that Henry Goebel was the true inventor.