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Inventor of the Light Bulb

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In 1865, two American inventors, Thomas Edison and Hiram Maxim were competing in a race to patent a type of electric lighting. Businessmen were especially interested in ......... to make their fortunes.


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Both men were already famous for various inventions. However, Edison was more familiar with ......... in patent law and placed a patent on every small progression.


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Hiram Maxim was not the business man as Edison was. In fact, he was more an ......... creator, patiently working until the moment of discovery.


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In 1878, Maxim was hired by the U.S. Electric Lighting Company in New York to produce electric light. He had already demonstrated remarkable ......... by inventing a sprinkler system at the young age of 24.


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In less than a year of research, Maxim had installed an electrical arc lighting system in the company. Edison had observed this process and decided to invent an ......... lamp.


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Edison had a financial advantage over Maxim. Investors had supplied ......... money so that he was able to fund a fully staffed laboratory.


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Although, Maxim applied for a patent on the electric light bulb before Edison did, he ran into a ......... of obstructions.


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Another employee who had worked at the Electric Lighting Company claimed that he was the actual inventor. Although, his claim was dismissed, American law had stated the patent had been ......... obtained and became the property of the U.S. government.


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Edison finally created his own lamp. Drawings of his creation ......... the newspapers.


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The loss of the credit for inventing the light bulb did not slow down Maxim's ......... creative thought. By the time of his death, Hiram Maxim had acquired 122 American and 149 British patents.


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