Thomas Alva Edison, George Washington, Sister Nivedita
Thomas Alva Edison
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was a genius. At the age of twelve only he had to start earning money. He used to sell newspapers and peanuts on trains. In his spare time he experimented with chemicals in the luggage van. Edison was interested in everything. He was curious of everything This quality of his character led him to invent a lot of things. He patented a total of 1093 inventions which include the phonograph, projectors for cinema, stencil for duplicating papers, paraffin paper ect. Edison also developed a successful carbon filament incandescent lamp. He wanted small lights that could be used in homes and offices. In 1879, after many failures, Edison worked out a successful principle for the electric lamp.
George Washington was a truthful boy. He did not want to tell a lie. One day he went to the garden. There was a small tree. He got an axe from his father. He wanted to test the sharpness of the axe. So he cut the apple tree. His father noticed this. It shocked him. He wanted to know who cut the tree. George did not hide anything. He replied, “Father, I have done it.” Father was glad because he spoke the truth.
Sister Nivedita was known as Margatet Elizabeth Nobel in her earlier life. She was born in Ireland in 1867. After finishing her studies she had to live in London for her teaching profession. During this period she had the chance to meet Swami Vivekananda at a London home. She liked very much his religious teaching and took him as her master. She came to India with him for giving her service to the upliftment of Indian women. She was named ‘Nivedita’ for her service in India.