Thomas Edison was an extraordinary inventor and businessman. Believing that “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” He revolutionized the way products were developed and produced. Edison was one of the first to apply mass production and teamwork to inventing. A prolific visionary he holds 1,093 US patents with more in the european nations.
His most famous contributions were to the fields of telecommunication (microphones), electrical power and light (lightbulbs), motion pictures, phonographs, and mechanical record keeping. Edison even developed one of the first electric power stations in Manhattan, New York which opened in 1882.