Edison was the first inventor to apply the principles of mass production and teamwork to the process of invention. The first corporate inventor. A prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name and many more worldwide. He brought light to the 20th Century. Literally.
Here are just some of his inventions:
Phonograph, electrical Vote Recorder, Electricity distribution system, Stock Ticker, Telegraph improvements, Incandescent electric light, Kinematograph (motion picture camera), First commercial fluoroscope (for X-Ray examinations), Carbon microphone and many more.