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Infographic: Happy birthday, Thomas Edison

February 8, 2021 | Laura King-Homan | infographic, public power
Public domain portrait of American inventor Thomas Edison from the Library of Congress.

There is no doubt that Thomas Edison has influenced the daily lives of people worldwide. But he is also influential in the electric utility industry.

Besides creating the first electric utility, the famous inventor also pioneered electric storage batteries. According to the Edison Innovation Foundation, in the early 1900s he used electric vehicle storage batteries to fulfill a vision of clean urban transportation. He also recognized the potential of solar and wind energy generation in the early 20th century.

Feb. 11 marks Edison’s birthday. Read on to learn more about just a few of his 1,093 patents and his role as the grandfather of electric utilities.

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Laura King-Homan is the managing editor of The Wire and a brand journalism strategist at Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

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