Prolific Inventor and Invention Factory
Thomas Edison expanded his own talent and capabilities
by creating a research and development lab at
Menlo Park where he worked with an invention team.
The strategy paid off; when Edison died at 84,
he had 1,093 patents--the most of any inventor
in U. S. history.
With the creation of his Menlo Park, New Jersey,
lab in 1876, Edison expanded the 19th-century
craft-shop model of invention, pointing towards
the corporate R&D labs to come.
[My lab will produce] a minor invention
every ten days and a big thing every six months
Within six years of the labs founding, Edison,
The Wizard of Menlo Park, earned more
than 400 patents for a steady stream of inventions.
They included the phonograph, a carbon telephone
transmitter (the microphone in the telephone mouthpiece),
the first practical incandescent lightbulb, and
the electrical generating and transmitting system
to make it commercially feasible and successful.
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