Numerous schools, and community colleges are named after him
His inspirational life is embodied in countless books and biographies
In the TV series “Bones” – in the Season 5 episode “The Devil in the Details” – one of the psychiatric patients from the sanitarium believes himself to be Thomas Edison
In the popular video game Assassin’s Creed II, Thomas Edison was referenced in a quest line
Thomas Edison has appeared in popular culture as a character in novels, films, comics and video games
Because Edison had trouble in school, his mother Nancy home-schools the young lad, making Edison a role model for home-schooled kids today
Edison, NJ is named after him for his Menlo Park labs located there in the 1870s-80s. In his early years he was known the “Wizard of Menlo Park”
The United States Navy named the USS Edison (DD-439), a Gleaves class destroyer, in his honor in 1940. The ship was decommissioned a few months after the end of World War II. In 1962, the Navy commissioned the USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), a fleet ballistic missile nuclear-powered submarine; later decommissioned in 1986.
In 2000, Edison is shown on an Irish postage stamp.
In 1947 he appears on a U.S. postage stamp. The 100th anniversary of his birth. Coincidentally, this is the death year of his beloved wife Mina.
In the weeks surrounding his birthday, many US engineering societies often host national engineer’s week celebrations.
On February 11, 2011, on Thomas Edison’s 164th birthday, Google’s homepage featured an animated
Google created a Google Doodle commemorating his many inventions.
In 1983, the United States Congress, pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 140 (Public Law 97—198), designated February 11, Edison’s birthday, as National Inventor’s Day
In space, his name is commemorated in asteroid 742 Edisona
In 2008, Edison was inducted in the New Jersey Hall of Fame
In 1989, Edison is inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame
Life Magazine in 1997 named Edison Man of the Millennium