Thomas Edison

Name: Michael Pulice and Scott Medich
School: St. Mary School
Teacher: Mary Howley

Thomas Alva Edison lived from February 11 1847-October 18 1931. He was an inventor that revolutionized the world. Most of the inventions were made in Menlo Park, New Jersey! Some of his revolutionizing inventions are the electric lamp, light bulb, phonograph, and the motion- picture projector. He also improved Alexander Graham’s carbon telephone transmitter.


Thomas Edison invented the phonograph 1877 in West Orange, New Jersey. At first the invention used tinfoil-coated cylinder to record the words he would say by making imprints in the tinfoil. He stopped working on this amazing invention in 1877. And 2 other inventors started improving it. They switched the tinfoil-coated cylinder to a wax cylinder. Thomas Edison started working on his project again in 1878 the phonograph had two diaphragm-and-needle units, one for recording, and one for playback. This new invention was sold in 1878.


Thomas Edison was the first to distribute the sound of “talking” in motion pictures. The kinetophone was invented in 1894. The concept of moving images as entertainment was not a new invention at the end of the 19th century. Special lanterns were used in the process of entertainment along with other devices. The first movie to be copyrighted was a movie of one of Edison’s employees, Fred Ott, pretending to sneeze.


Phenakistiscope is another one of Thomas Edison’s brilliant inventions. It consisted of a disc with images of successive phases of movement on it which could be spun to simulate images of movement.

The Light bulb

            Edison didn't invent the light bulb; he really just brought a fifty year old invention to life. His invention of the electric lamp and light bulb brought us light and is still used today. The light bulb is used almost everywhere.

Thomas Edison also invented a small invention about every ten days and a new big invention about every six months. People often called him “The Wizard of Menlo Park”. When Edison died Menlo Park turned off the lights in their houses for about five minutes.