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Posted: Monday, July 6, 2009 12:00 am

Thomas Alva Edison was the most productive inventor in U.S. history, with 1,093 patents - still a record. He was especially interested in the practical uses of electricity. His electric light, phonograph and motion-picture camera changed the way people lived. He widened the idea of invention to include research, development and marketing. And, by gathering together a team of scientists and technicians in New Jersey, he also invented the modern research laboratory. He was an exceptional thinker and led an exceptional life.

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