Thomas A. Edison
Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, have had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of organized science and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He established the first industrial research laboratory.
Edison was raised in the American Midwest; early in his career he worked as a telegraph operator, which inspired some of his earliest inventions. In 1876, he established his first laboratory facility in Menlo Park, New Jersey, where many of his early inventions were developed. He later established a botanic laboratory in Fort Myers, Florida in collaboration with businessmen Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, and a laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey that featured the world's first film studio, the Black Maria. He was a prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as patents in other countries. Edison married twice and fathered six children. He died in 1931 of the complications of diabetes.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 11th, 1847 (Milan), Died October 18th, 1931 (West Orange)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker, performer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Edison||6540||10-in.||12/30/1918||Let us not forget||Thomas A. Edison||Speech||speaker|
|Edison||7459||10-in.||7/23/1920||Mr. Edison's message in Morse to the telegraph fraternity||Thomas A. Edison||Morse code||performer|
|Edison||10068||10-in.||approximately Sept.-Oct. 1924||Holiday greetings from the bunch at Orange||Charles Edison ; Thomas A. Edison ; Walter Huebner ; Charlie Luhr ; Gene Philips ; John Shearman ; Charles Viley ; Sumner Williams||Talk||speaker|
|Edison||[None]||10-in.||Jan. 1928||A personal message to the people of New Zealand by Thomas A. Edison, February 11, 1928||Thomas A. Edison||Speech||speaker|
|Edison||EXP-185||12-in.||1/11/1929||Experimental disc recording-185 (300 tpi)||B. A. Rolfe Orchestra ; Ed Parker Quartet ; Edison Concert Band ; Thomas A. Edison ; Frieda Hempel ; Billy Murray ; Moriz Rosenthal||Experimental dubbing||speaker|
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Edison, Thomas A.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102920.
"Edison, Thomas A.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.
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