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One of the most influential American inventors of all time, Thomas Alva Edison (1847—1931) is responsible for the creation of several devices that shaped the face of modern technology. Most famous for his invention of the first practical light bulb, Edison was also a shrewd businessman who bridged the gap between design and large-scale manufacturing. Possibly the single most important figure in the Second Industrial Revolution, Edison’s vast network of corporate contacts ensured that his name was forever cemented in history as the archetypal American scientist. Come inside and explore the world of Edison: his life, his inventions, and his character.