|Thomas Alva Edison
|11 February 1847
|18 October 1931
|Samuel Ogden Edison
|Nancy Matthews Elliott
|Entrepreneur, Film director, Inventor, Film producer, Telegraphist, Businessperson
|American inventor and businessman and one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, he developed many devices including the Phonograph, the Motion picture camera and long lasting, practical electric light bulb.
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