In our modern times there are things we use every day – a light bulb, for example – but have you ever wondered who invented the light bulb first? People mostly believe that the man who invented a light bulb was Thomas Edison. It is a rather complex question because there were other events that influenced this invention.
A remarkable man whose work is closely related to the light bulb invention was Humphrey Davy from England, who invented electric lamp back in 1806. It was based on charcoal. It was innovative, but not very practical because the light it produced was too strong. It was also a great spender and the batteries it used could not last much long.
Next invention was an electric generator and the incandescent light came afterwards. Thomas Edison’s work came after these achievements. The light bulb was a result of Edison’s idea to create a vacuum in which he would place a burner made of platinum. Normally, platinum would burn out but Edison made a switch that would automatically prevent this from happening. But because of this switching the bulb was rather useless! So Edison started to work together with Francis Upton in order to get some help in solving this problem.
Their work resulted in light bulb that could be used without any difficulties. But as we said, he was not the only one to make this idea come true since other people had worked on this invention long before him. They should not be left out when we speak of the light bulb invention and the credits should go to them, too. As with any other great invention, the credits are important but what is also important is the result and its utility to mankind. None of the people who contributed to the light bulb invention were thinking about them selves only, but were trying to make their work useful to the whole world.