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Joseph Swan.

Joseph Wilson Swan was born in 1828 on the 31st of October-which is also known as Halloween. He died on the 27th of May 1914(aged 85.) He was created in Sunderland and won two medals: The Hughes medal and the Albert medal. His mother is named Isabella Cameron and his farther named John Swan.


Swan was famous for inventing the incandescent light bulb and photographic process. By 1860 he was able to demonstrate a working device. Once he had achieved invention, he was well known and became famous because of the things he made. The little light flashed and made a big change. Jo also made photos and cameras. Surprisingly, Swan wasn’t the only one trying to invent a light..


Once Jo had invented this, a rival came along making it harder for Swan to carry on. Thomas Edison was also making light bulb and started a rivalry between the two. Many people say the competition between Swan and Edison, reflected off people’s opinions of who invented the lamp first. This caused arguments and proposed in the UK. An argument begun and people never heard the end of it.

We must thank Jo and his awesome inventions because otherwise all we would have would be candles or mine head lights. Joseph swan is important in many different ways. He became an idol to loads of other inventors making fridges and toasters(which we probably couldn’t do without.)

So as you can see life wouldn’t be easy without electrical lights and things. So say a special thanks to what we have and what Joseph Swan gave us.

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who is Joseph Swan?

Joseph swan was born in bishop-wear-mouth Sunderland on the 31st of October 1828 but sadly he died on the 27th of May 1914 in warlingham Surrey.John Swan and Isabella Cameron where Josephs parents and as a child Joe was said to have an inquiring mind. In 1904 swan was knighted by king Edward the VII.

why is he famous?

Joseph swan was famous for inventing the light bulb and getting a Hughes medal. His amazing invention leads to are lighting today.He is important for creating a light bulb

who is his rival?

Thomas Edison who for many years was thought to be the inventor of the light bulb but he was not in fact it was Joseph swan.

why is he important?

Joseph is important for creating the light bulb which lead to are lighting today without him we would still use candles and have no bulbs and bulbs are used in tv’s and computers.


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Joseph Swan

Who is Joseph Swan?

Joseph Swan was born on the 31st in 1828, Sunderland. He died on the 27th May 1914 in Surrey at the age of 85. His parents were John Swan and Isabella Cameron.

What is he famous for?

He was famous for making the first electric light bulb. In 1850 he started to work on the electric light bulb using carbonized paper  filaments in a glass light bulb.

Who is his rival

His rival was Thomas Edison, who was also aiming to be the inventor of the electric lightbulb and he was born in 1847 February 11th and died in October 1931  18th.

Why was Joseph Swan important

He is important because we would not have much light in our houses. Also we have lightbulbs in televisions and computers.

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Fact File about Joseph Swan

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan was born on 31st of October 1828 in Bishop wear mouth in Sunderland England. He died on 27th of May 1914 aged 85 Warlingham Surrey England.  In 1904 Swan was knighted by King Edward VII. His mother was called Isabella Cameron and his father was John Swan.

Joseph Swan was famous for inventing the light bulb. The light bulb is important because if we didn’t have lights today we would be having to use candles which means we would have less light than what we would now, but if we used candles it is good because instead of paying loads of money for electricity bills. In 1850 he had started to work on the light bulb.


Joseph Swans rival was Thomas Alva Edison. Thomas was born in February 11, 1847, Milan, Ohio, United States and died in October 18th 1931 aged 84.

Joseph Swan is important for his inventions. 

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