When reading articles about accomplished women in their field, most articles mention their family, kids, and how she is a role model for other women. The first year FSL students were put to the test to write an article on a female scientist without mentioning: the fact she is a woman, her husband’s job, her child care arrangements, how she nurtures her underlings, how she was taken aback by the competitiveness in her field, how she is such a role model for other women and how she is the “first woman to…”. This test is known as the Finkbeiner test and it’s a checklist formed by Christie Aschwanden to avoid gender bias in articles about women in science. While first year FSL-ers attempt to pass the Finkbeiner test, the second year FSL students were instructed to fail the test when writing about men in science. Therefore, I present to you, Thomas Edison– caring husband and loving father of six.
How many academics does it take to change a lightbulb? None. That’s what research students are for! What about, how many actors does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one. They don’t like to share the spotlight! Without the lightbulb these jokes would be pointless, and thanks to American inventor and businessman, Thomas Alva Edison, the incadesent light bulb was invented.
Edison was born in Milan, Ohio on February 11, 1847 to Samuel Edison and Nancy Elliot. He studied in school for three months and the remainder of his education came from homeschooling.
His hearing problems were developed from a young age and it was scarlet fever and untreated ear infections that caused Edison to loose his hearing.
Edison became a telegraph operator after saving three year old Jimmie MacKenzie from a runaway train. Edison worked at Western Union during the night, but was fired. Nontheless, he did not let that stop him.
On December 25, 1871, Edison married Mary Stilwell whom he had three children: Marion, Thomas, and William Edison. Mary was a hardworking employee for the New Reporting Telegraph Company where she punched perforation into telegraph tape. Unfortunately, Mary died thirteen years later where Edison cared for his children alone while working on the telegraph to support his family. On February 24, 1886, Edison married Mina Miller, a high school graduated with distinction and a co-founder of the Chataqua Institution. Togther Edison and Miller has three children: Madeleine, Charles, and Theodore Edison. Miller took care of her children and Edison’s children from his first marriage while Edison worked.
Aside from his work with the telegraph, Edison worked on a system of electrical illumination in 1878. A year later, Edison was the first man to invent the incandescent light bulb, which has been improved but still used today in homes all around America. Scientist and inventors had been racing each other for years trying to invent artifical light, but Edison accomplished the task first with a carbon filament– impressing all.
Edison was known as a loving father and hardworker, still active with his work right until his death on October 18, 1931 from complications of diabetes.