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Persistence and creativity are the key words that characterise this month's great mind. What would you expect of someone who is expelled from school at the age of 12 because his teachers considered him educationally subnormal and backward? Well I am sure most would not expect him to become one of the most creative and persistent inventors in the last 150 years. Yet that is what happened to Thomas Alva Edison.
Born in 1847,when he was thrown out of school he started work as a paper boy with almost no education. He set up his own newspaper and eventually a couple of early successful inventions allowed him to set up his own laboratory. He is most famous for his patents for the gramophone and the incandescent light. He was persistent in pursuing his inventions and famously was quoted as saying that "Genius is one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration". Before he found how to convert electricity to light, he failed thousands of times BUT he was positive in his endeavours. He kept telling people that as he knew so many ways that did not work, he must be closer to making a discovery.
Edison died in 1931.
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