Life without the electric bulb? We cannot imagine it! Thanks to Thomas Alva Edison, who made this important discovery, we are able to flip a switch to light up a room. But it was not a cakewalk for Edison when he was a little boy.
Edison had a hearing problem, which eventually led to learning problems in school. His teacher asked Edison not to come back to school and sent his parents a note that said, Your child is too dumb to attend the school
Thomass mother wrote back saying that if the school could not, she would tutor him herself. And there began the journey where his mother exposed Thomas to books and ideas way beyond his age. This encouraged him to start his own laboratory at the age of 11 in his basement, where he tried out all kinds of experiments.
His inquisitive mind and voracious reading spurred him on, and in 1882, when Edison was just 35 years old, he invented the electric filament.
Thomas Edison has more than 1,000-patented inventions to his name!