> Thomas Edison
Though his participation in the Industrial Revolution was towards the end of the period, Thomas Edison is considered by many to be one of the most influential inventors for the entire time period. Born in 1847, he would help bring the world into the 20th century thanks to inventions like the light bulb, the phonograph, an electric vote recorders, and motion picture, and he was an advocate for DC voltage use for homes and businesses.
In all, Edison would hold 1,093 individual patents, the third most of any inventor in U.S. history. Without his crucial inventions and evolutions in the field of telecommunications, power, and military technology, the world as we know it today would not be.