Feb 11, 1847. American inventive genius and holder of more than 1,200 patents (including the incandescent electric lamp, the phonograph, the electric dynamo and key parts of many now-familiar devices such as the movie camera and the telephone transmitter). Edison said, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” His birthday is now widely observed as Inventor’s Day. Born at Milan, OH, and died at Menlo Park, NJ, Oct 18, 1931.
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