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Thomas Alva Edison

Explore Edison’s Life and Work in These Lessons, Activities, and Resources

Found in: Science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) held 1,093 U.S. Patents including a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures. Explore his life and work in these lessons, activities, and resources.

And do not forget Nikola Tesla, who once worked for Edison and later became a business rival, along with George Westinghouse, in the War of the Currents.




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