For the space vessel in Worldwar, see Tom Edison (Starship).

Thomas Edison
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1847
Date of Death: 1931
Cause of Death: Complications due to diabetes
Religion: Deist
Occupation: Inventor, business man
Spouse: Mary Stilwell (m. 1871–d. 1884)
Mina Edison (m. 1886–1931)
Children: Six
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Homeward Bound
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices which greatly influenced life worldwide into the 21st century. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production to the process of invention, and can therefore be credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Some of the inventions attributed to him were not completely original but amounted to improvements of earlier inventions or were actually created by numerous employees working under his direction. Nevertheless, Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,097 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in Britain, France, and Germany.

Thomas Edison in WorldwarEdit

In 2031 (the centennial of the inventor's death), the United States government named its second Commodore Perry-class FTL starship, the Tom Edison, in Thomas Edison's honor. The Race diplomat Atvar asked who Edison was, and felt a small relief that the ship was named for an inventor, rather than a warrior.[1]

Thomas Edison in Southern VictoryEdit

Jeb Stuart described Thomas Edison as "that Yankee who comes up with a new invention every day before breakfast" and compared Batsinas, the Apache warrior who planted trip-wire bombs in roads used by the CS Army during the Second Mexican War, to him.[2]

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  1. Homeward Bound, pg. 610 PB, 562 HC.
  2. How Few Remain, pg. 555