Who is Thomas Edison? Edison invented many everyday devices, including the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb, the kinetograph and alkaline storage batteries. Thomas Alva Edison February 11, — October 18, in Milan, Ohio, Thomas Edison rose from humble beginnings to work as an inventor of major technology. At age 12, Edison set out to put much of that education to work. He convinced his parents to let him sell newspapers to passengers along the Grand Trunk Railroad line.
Thomas Edison, Washington Carver, Alexander Bell, and the Wright Brothers
He began to lose his hearing after having scarlet fever as a young child. Edison did not consider this a "handicap" and said that it was rather an advantage as it gave him more time to think because he did. Edison was born in the village of Milan, Ohio, on Feb. In his early life as a kid he played jokes on people and got into trouble.