NEWS FROM THE WAVERTREE SOCIETY (Mar.2022):

Our next talk (on Zoom):
THOMAS EDISON: THE MAN
WHO NEARLY INVENTED RADIO
by David Crawford
on Wednesday 30th March
at 7.30 p.m.

This is a 'members only' meeting. If you attended any of our previous Zoom events, you'll automatically be sent a link for this one a couple of days beforehand. Otherwise, if you're a Wavertree Society member with internet access and you wish to attend the talk, please send an email to this address and we'll add you to the list (and send you guidance notes, in case you're new to Zoom).

Thomas Edison, businessman and inventor, is remembered for the phonograph, electric light, motion picture recording and many other inventions. In fact he had around one thousand patents in the USA, plus more in other countries. He established the world's first industrial laboratory at Menlo Park, New Jersey - which today is a Museum.

This talk will be about the events of 1875 when, with scant scientific evidence, Thomas Edison announced the discovery of the "Etheric Force" which he believed was a new phenomenon which would enable electricity to travel without wires. It sounded like a good idea others had their doubts. The whole enterprise ended in failure and ridicule, which could have ended his career. So, did he nearly invent radio?

David Crawford, IEng MIET, is Curator of the 'Wireless in Wales' Vintage Radio Museum in Denbigh.

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