In honor of August’s National Inventors Month, we’ve granted access to reference works on five of history’s most famous american inventors for free for an entire month.
- Thomas Edison: Born in Milan, Ohio in 1847, Edison is undoubtedly one of the most influential inventors of all time. Perhaps one of his most notable inventions was the light bulb. Edison is also known for inventing the phonograph and various motion picture devices, including the kinetograph and kinetoscope. “Edison was both a millionaire and one of the best-known men alive. Still in his 30s, he had launched an industry that would, over the next several decades, spread its lights throughout the country and the world” (Adair 98). Read more