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Thomas Edison and his Dyslexia

How Thomas Edison overcame his learning disability to become one of the greatest inventors in human history.
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Nathan Pinho

on 12 December 2013

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Transcript of Thomas Edison and his Dyslexia

Thomas Alva Edison And His Dyslexia Also known as the wizard of Menlo Park,
he invented the lightbulb, phonograph, the early video camera, and made about 1,000 other patents! All while having dyslexia, AND being somewhat deaf. Signs of His Dyslexia To begin with Edison didn't start speaking till he was four. Then when he was ten, his teacher kicked him out of school because he was a slow learner, and disrupted the class by asking questions all the time. What He Did Quote "I have not failed ten thousand times, I have found ten thousand ways that don't work" This quote refers to Edison's trouble creating a plausible lightbulb. He had tried a variety of materials for the filament, from horse hair to bamboo. It shows his great perseverance, and failure is just progress. Edison as a Child Edison was born in Milan, Ohio in February 11, 1847, in 1854 his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan where he worked at a train station selling newspapers and Candy. One day while working he found a child in front of an on coming train, he saved him. The child's father, a telegraph operator, thanked Edison by teaching him how to use the telegraph. By age 15 he was moving around the mid-west as a telegraph operator. Edison as a Young Adult Being a telegraph operator was an advantage for Edison, because since the Morse code was printed on a piece of paper, his partial deafness didn't interfere with his job. Until telegraphs began using more and more sound, which put Edison at a disadvantage. In 1868 he returned home and found his family in between a rock and a hard place, his mother ill, and his father without a job. Edison as a Young Adult
Part 2 Then Edison moved again to Boston, where he made his first invention, the electronic voting counter. Sadly it was a flop, the government of Massachusetts didn't see a use for it. In 1869 he moved to New York City, he invented an improved stock ticker, which he was paid $40,000 for the rights, at only age 22! Then he quit being a telegraph operator and became a full time inventor. Edison's Education Edison started his education at age 10, but he only went to school for 12 weeks. as stated before his teacher kicked him out because of his slow learning (his dyslexia) and interrupting the class. After that Edison's mother began homeschooling him, but by age 11 she didn't have much more to teach, so she got him a library card. And that's how the great Thomas Edison learned most of his knowledge, reading books, even though he had dyslexia. Fun Fact! Although he was partially deaf Edison said that the phonograph was his favorite invention, what irony! Fun Fact! He gave his first daughter and son the nicknames, dot and dash. It was a reference toward his years as a telegraph operator (dashes and dot were used for Morse code). Edison as a Inventor After his inventions success he moved to New Jersey in 1870, where he opened a workshop in Newark, and next year he invented the Quadruplex Telegraph which earned him $100,000! In 1876 he moved to Menlo Park, now funded by J. P. Morgan, where he developed the earliest stages of his phonograph the next year. In 1880 he developed the conventional lightbulb and founded Edison Electric Light Company, now General Electric. Edison's Special Inventions Edison developed a lot of more odd and forgotten inventions. He once attempted to create a mass produced concrete house, it ultimately failed. He also tried to create a talking doll, but the clay records used for the phonograph were destroyed after a few times being played. He even attempted to make a ghost detection machine. Quote "The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them." This shows Edison's eagerness to do things, and the only thing that is in his way is time. Which you could infer that his dyslexia didn't hold Edison back from doing great things. Pop Quiz!
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