A VISIT TO NEW JERSEY isn't complete without paying respect to Thomas Edison, an American inventor known as "the wizard of Menlo Park." He developed a wide variety of devices such as the practical light bulb, phonograph, motion picture equipment, power generators and the electrical storage battery -- to name a few. A shrewd businessman, he was quick to patent his work and held over a thousand US patents in his name. Quite the obsessive tinkerer! 

Edison Memorial on Christie Street

Edison Memorial on Christie Street

First light

First light

Menlo Park is a New Jersey township where Edison lived and did most of his research. It was named after a California town I know well, located on the San Francico peninsula, so I was naturally curious to visit. In competition with rivals, Edison successfully developed a long lasting filament that made the light bulb both practical and cheap to manufacture. He waged a "war of currents" with others as to whether direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC) was best for electrical power distribution to the public to light these bulbs. Although he lost the battle to rival Westinghouse's AC preference, Edison continued to develop breakthroughs in many other areas such as X-rays, mining, telegraph, and rubber tires for autos, to name a few. You have to admire Edison for his tenacity and boundless vision.

One of Edison's Chemical labs  

One of Edison's Chemical labs  

Over time, the Edison laboratory expanded to include research in many things. He was one of the first inventors to promote large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and pioneered the idea of the first industrial research facility. 

Belts and Pulleys

Belts and Pulleys

 

You have to admire Thomas Edison for his inventive spirit that characterizes our American entrepreneurial nature. He courageously promoted new ideas and developed theories to the next level to the benefit of us all. 

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