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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (E)
Edison, Thomas

(b. 1847) Demonstrated the first complete incandescent lighting system at Menlo Park, New Jersey in 1879. His mother was Mary Elliott, of Scottish ancestry. This "Wizard of Menlo Park" amassed 1,098 patents. Among his most famous basic inventions are the stock ticker (1870) and the mimeograph (1876) which was the first practical duplicating machine. In 1877 he produced the phonograph and a year later the wax phonograph record. He is also credited with the invention of motion pictures in 1894 and talking motion pictures in 1913.

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