Thomas A. Edison Quotes

… nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving


To most inventors, scientists, and technologists, nature is a destructive force and part of their job is to insulate man from nature.

Thomas A. Edison, 1847-1931, Inventor, Interview, New York Times, October 2, 1910

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Thomas A. Edison
Thomas A. Edison
  • Born: February 11, 1847
  • Died: October 18, 1931
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Inventor, Businessman

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He is credited with developing 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, had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He is often credited with establishing the first industrial research laboratory.