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...
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