On July 24
, five years before Thomas Edison's U.S. patent, two Canadians
, Mathew Evans
, from Toronto
and his friend Henry Woodward
, patented the first incandescent lamp with an electric light bulb. They understood that carbon was a conductor and made light inside a bulb by sending electricity through a filament made of carbon.
They did not have enough money to develop their invention for people to use and sold a share of their patent to Thomas Edison who recognized its vast potential.
Modern light bulbs still work the same way as the ones invented by Woodward and Evans. Image is a copy from the actual patent application.