Thomas Edison
Biographical information
Date of birthFebruary 11, 1847
Age (1885)38
Age (1931)84 (Deceased)
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Behind-the-scenes information
"Tom, how am I going to generate that kind of power? It can't be done, can it?"
—Dr. Emmett Brown

Thomas Edison (February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931[1]) was a scientist of the late 19th and early to mid 20th century.


Doc's potraits

Thomas Edison's portrait (third from left)

Edison developed the first working incandescent light bulb and electrified many portions of the United States.


Doc Brown asks Thomas Edison to sign his light bulb.

Dr. Emmett Brown had a portrait of Edison in the study area of his garage.

When trying to persuade a heartbroken Emmett Brown to continue his path on science, Marty McFly brought up Thomas Edison and the light bulb as an example of an invention that has made a positive difference.[2]

Shortly after, Marty claimed that he didn't have the guts to follow his dreams, and dismissed his aspirations as daydreams. Emmett responded by pointing out that Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Dr. Frankenstein all had daydreams, and went on to make great accomplishments.

In 1991, Doc traveled to August 12, 1927 to witness the Diamond Jubilee of the phonograph. He had Thomas Edison sign a giant light bulb, and filmed this moment for his "Doc on the March" segment of a video which would be shown at the Institute of Future Technology.

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  1. Thomas A. Edison - The New York Times (see 'External links' below)
  2. When Emmett is asking Marty to name an invention that's improved mankind, choose light bulb in Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 4: Double Visions.

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