Edison’s Magnificent Fumble (Feb, 1947)
Edison’s Magnificent Fumble
By ROBERT D. POTTER
AMERICA’S No. 1 inventor just missed one of the greatest inventions of all time. But he discovered the clue that enabled others to perfect it.
Most of those who currently celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Alva Edison at Milan, Ohio, on February 11, 1847, remember him for his electric light, talking machine, and moving pictures.
Many recall, too, his stock ticker, multiplex telegraph, storage battery, fluorescent lighting, and Portland cement.
Perhaps few, in contrast, ever heard of the Edison effect, to which we owe the vacuum tube and the marvels built around itâ€”radio, television, radar, electron microscopes, atom smashers, and unknown wonders still to come.