Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931

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Birth 1847-02-11
Death 1931-10-18
Russian, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish; Castilian

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Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was the most prolific American inventor to date. This collection contains typescript reproductions of his laboratory notebooks recording research for a domestic source of natural rubber sponsored by his Edison Botanic Research Corp. of Fort Myers. The company was founded in Florida by Edison, Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford. In collaboration with John Kunkel Small (1869-1938) of the New York Botanical Garden, over 17,000 plants were tested. Solidago (Goldenrod) was determined to be the best source. Experiments continued after Edison's and Small's deaths until World War II when the development of synthetic rubber eliminated the need for local sources. The records of the Edison Botanic Research Corp. were transferred to the Edison National Historic Site. In 1963 Mrs. Lillian Roth of Irvington, N.J. transcribed the laboratory notes related to this project from the microfilm. She presented it to Harold Moldenke who transferred it to the New York Botanical Garden.

From the description of Thomas Alva Edison papers 1880-1964. (New York Botanical Garden). WorldCat record id: 42306873

From the description of Thomas Alva Edison papers, 1880-1964. (New York State Historical Documents). WorldCat record id: 155462792

Edison, born in 1847, was an American inventor and electrician.

From the description of Thomas Alva Edison autograph, between 1867 and 1931. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 639465280

Inventor, businessman.

From the description of Letter, 1913 Mar. 18. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49218036

American inventor, businessman and pioneer industrialist.

From the description of Letter, 1910. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122536253

American inventor, holder of 1093 U.S. patents; numerous telegraph patents in 1870s; patented carbon button transmitter for telephone; invented phonograph; patented first practical incandescent lamp and numerous improvements in generators and early electrical equipment; patented first motion picture camera; invented the fluoroscope; patents in fields of magnetic iron ore concentration and cement manufacturing; developed wet alkaline nickel-iron storage battery; developed rubber from goldenrod plants. First organizer of team-based industrial scientific technical research.

From the description of The Edison Archives, 1850-1947 (bulk:1876-1931). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79715881


From the description of Thomas A. Edison papers, 1877-1927. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71131315

From the description of Letter, 1913 August 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122629671

From the description of Letter, 1916 October 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122574074

Inventor of the incandescent electric lamp, phonograph and the motion-picture projector.

From the description of Correspondence : from B.B. Ham, Commissioner of Public Health, Queensland. 1909. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225788702

Thomas Alva Edison profoundly influenced modern life through inventions such as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production to the process of invention. During his lifetime, he acquired a record 1,093 patents; most of these inventions, however, were not completely original but, rather, improvements of earlier patents and works of his numerous employees. Edison also founded the journal SCIENCE, which in 1900 became the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

From the description of Thomas A. Edison collection, 1880-1925. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 63052119


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