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Edison and World War I

The outbreak of war in Europe had a profound effect not only on Thomas Edison, but also on his businesses and his family. On May 7, 1915, a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania off the coast of Ireland. The sinking of the Lusitania dramatically highlighted the role of submarines in modern warfare. In July 1915, the Secretary of the Navy invited Edison to head a brain trust of civilian experts to advise them on matters of military technology. Edison then became chairman of Naval Consulting Board, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Read more here...

Edison Papers and Innovation

Check out Edison and the Rise of Innovation, a series which explores our documents as a compliment to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park programs. Want to know more about New Jersey's Innovative Spirit? Check out 350 Days of New Jersey Innovation.


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Edison Findings Blog

The Edison Papers launched a new blog called Edison Findings. Edison Findings is open to contributions from you! Have a thought? Feel free to send it to us so we can feature it!

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Rutgers 250

Did you know Edison himself holds not one but two honorary Rutgers degrees? This year marks 250 years of Rutgers educating NJ. Edison had a long association with the university! Read more...