Thomas Alva Edison

by Anonymous on Feb. 11th, 2010

Thomas Alva Edison
Thomas Alva EdisonCourtesy Wikimedia Commons
Today is the birthday of Thomas Alva Edison, prolific American inventor whose ideas and inventions including the lightbulb, the phonograph, and motion pictures, changed the world forever. I don't know who said it, but the home page of a website dedicated to Edison has a great and fitting quote about this remarkable man:

"He led no armies into battle, he conquered no countries, and he enslaved no peoples... Nonetheless, he exerted a degree of power the magnitude of which no warrior ever dreamed. His name still commands a respect as sweeping in scope and as world-wide as that of any other mortal - a devotion rooted deep in human gratitude and untainted by the bias that is often associated with race, color, politics, and religion."

Happy birthday to the Wizard of Menlo Park!!

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Guzzo's picture
Guzzo says:

I don't think his name commands respect with Nikola Tesla.

posted on Fri, 02/12/2010 - 11:30am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Probably not, since they were competitors. We've covered Tesla as well in earlier posts you can read here and here.

posted on Fri, 02/12/2010 - 4:52pm
I's picture
I says:

Does anyone know who said the quote up there?

posted on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 3:03pm

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