Thomas Alva Edison. American prolific inventor and businessman.
Quote: Many life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Edison invented tremendous devices that widely influenced life of the entire world, encompassing the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a durable, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park”, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Thomas Edison held a world record of 1093 patents for inventions .