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thomas alva edison

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I have a list of people where i have to separate them into scientists and engineers and i have one doubt.

is thomas alva edison an engineer or scientist.

i know he invented light bulb and phonograph.

but i was doing a research and he was known as a scientist.


i thought people who invent things are known as engineers. is edison called a scientist because he discovered the light bulb first?

  • thomas alva edison -

    Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum . He is known as a scientist.

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    The dictionary says:

    Main Entry: sci·en·tist
    Pronunciation: 'sI-&n-tist
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Latin scientia
    Date: 1834
    1 : a person learned in science and especially natural science : a scientific investigator

    Main Entry: [1]en·gi·neer
    Pronunciation: "en-j&-'nir
    Function: noun
    Etymology: alter. of earlier enginer, from Middle English, alteration of enginour, from Middle French engigneur, from Old French engignier to contrive, from engin
    Date: 14th century
    1 : a member of a military group devoted to engineering work
    2 : obsolete : a crafty schemer : PLOTTER
    3 a : a designer or builder of engines b : a person who is trained in or follows as a profession a branch of engineering c : a person who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance
    4 : a person who runs or supervises an engine or an apparatus

  • thomas alva edison -

    Some engineers are referred to as applied scientists. Edison would fall into that category. He did not have an advanced degree or much formal training in the sciences, but was able to grasp and quickly apply new scientific knowledge to inventions.

  • thomas alva edison -

    thanks for ur opinions

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