Thomas Alva Edison was one of the most prolific and influential inventors in U.S. history. His inventions in the late 19th century and early 20th century changed how people lived and were a foundation for the push to industrialization. When he died in 1931, he had acquired a whopping 1,093 patents and a fortune based on his business acumen in developing markets and fueling industrial growth. He also was an early member of ASME. See what you know about Edison in this short quiz.