The Wizard of Menlo Park

Thomas Alva Edison

Born:  February 11, 1947 in Milan, Ohio

Died:  October 18, 1931 in West Orange, New Jersey

Things you might not have known:

  • Youngest of seven siblings raised in Port Huron, Michigan
  • Suffered from hearing loss his whole life
  • Only spent 12 weeks in school
  • Involved in the invention of the electric chair
  • Obtained last patent (1,093rd) at age 83
  • Friend and neighbor of Henry Ford in Ft. Myers, FL

"Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. Accordingly, a 'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework."