Thomson multimedia timeline (1840-1900)
1840 - Edgar Brandt's birth.
1844 - Samuel Morse taped out " What hath God wrought
" in a telegraph demonstration. Eugène Ducretet's Birth.
1853 - Elihu Thomson was born in Manchester, England,
on March 29.
1865 - Thomas Edison invented the precursor to the
phonograph while working as a telegraph operator at the Indianapolis
Western Union office.
1871 - Thomson hired as Philadelphia Central High
School chemistry professor.
1879 - From modest beginnings with fellow high school
science professor Edwin Houston, Thomson built one of the leading
electrical companies of the nineteenth century.
1889 - France organized the Exposition Universelle
to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution. The Eiffel
Tower has been built for the occasion. The major innovation was
electricity. Thomson-Houston, set up by Elihu Thomson and Edwin
M. Houston, both physicists, claimed an award at the exposition.
1891 - Edison patented the motion picture camera.
David Sarnoff was born in Russia.
1892 - General Electric was formed with merger of
Thomson-Houston and Edison General Electric Companies.
1893 - Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston
(CFTH) was established in Paris. CFTH installed a streetcar (tram)
system using overhead trolleys and lines for the first time in
France in the coastal city of Le Havre.
1894 - Eldridge Johnson established a small machine
shop in Camden, New Jersey.
1895 - Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian electrical
engineer, transmitted the first wireless signal.
1897 - Eugène Ducretet made the first French
1898 - Eugène Ducretet set up a link between
the Eiffel Tower and the Panthéon, 4 Kms away.
1899 - Painter Francis Barraud painted his brother's
dog, Nipper, inquisitively listening to the horn of an early phonograph,
"His Master's Voice". Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company
of America is created.