Weird History

Here Are All The Things That Thomas Edison Didn't Actually Invent, But Took The Credit For Anyway

Thomas Edison was one of the greatest inventors of all time - or was he? Most people think Edison was the inventor of the light bulb, but that doesn't seem to be the case, which begs the question, "Who truly invented the light bulb?" There is a lot of contention over famous stolen inventions, and unfortunately it's impossible to not bring up Edison when it comes to the subject.

The list of things Edison didn't invent is as long as the list of things he did, but he was really good at taking credit for the ideas and inventions of others. Edison was incredibly skilled at improving upon the inventions of others and adding the contributions of his colleagues - not stolen inventions, per se, but that may depend on who you ask. As a result, Edison made some enemies throughout his career - most notably Nikola Tesla - and it's understandable, given the wealth and acclaim Edison received and how many people he stepped on to get there.