Thomas Edison, Chemist

National Historic Chemical Landmark

The American Chemical Society will recognize the chemical research and developments of the American inventor Thomas Edison (1847–1931) as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 2014. Many of Edison’s well-known inventions relied on chemistry, including the carbon filaments used in light bulbs, development of the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery, and research into domestic sources of rubber.

The designation will take place in three parts:

Additional information will be presented on this page as details emerge. Contact the NHCL Program Manager for information.


Portrait of Thomas Edison in 1922.
Courtesy Library of Congress.