Thomas Alva Edison, with 1093 patents in his name is one of the most prolific inventor of his time. He was declared addled (mentally ill) by his teachers.
One day Thomas Edison came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to only give it to my mother.”
His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her child:
Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.
After many, many years, after Edison’s mother died and he was now one of the greatest inventors of the century, one day he was looking through old family things. Suddenly he saw a folded paper in the corner of a drawer in a desk. He took it and opened it up. On the paper was written:
Your son is addled [mentally ill]. We won’t let him come to school any more.
Edison cried for hours and then he wrote in his diary: “Thomas Alva Edison was an addled child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.”
EVMs, Electronic Voting Machines were developed for the first time by Thomas Alva Edison. Inventor of incandescent light bulb, phonograph, electrical systems, motion picture camera, telegraph, telephone, X-ray etc. actually got his first patent for a telegraphic vote recording machine for the legislature in 1869. Each legislator would move a switch on Edison's machine that would record his vote on a particular bill. Although, Edison's vote recorder was never used. But, from then on, Edison decided that he would only invent something if there was a market for it.
Inventor by nature – Thomas Alva Edison
1. He built his first lab at the age if 10.
2. He was hard of hearing. He liked it that way and said that it made it easier for him to concentrate on his experiments.
3. When Edison was twelve, he started publishing and selling a newspaper to train passengers.
4. Edison started a fire on a train car doing chemistry experiments. He was kicked off the train.
5. At age 22, he invented an improved stock ticker for the stock exchange. He was paid $40,000 for this invention – a lot of money back then. Edison used the money to take care of his ill mother and become a full-time inventor.
6. Following the death of Thomas Edison, electric lights around the country were dimmed for one minute.