Legacy of Innovation

Some companies try to predict the future. GE works to create it.

Some companies try to predict the future. GE works to create it.

From the earliest days, GE has used the tools of research, combined with a little inspiration, to create the kitchens, homes and even the world of tomorrow.

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Early Ingenuity

Early Ingenuity

In 1879, Thomas Edison designed the first electric light bulbs suitable for home use. By 1890, he established the Edison General Electric Company, which illuminated the path for the formation of General Electric Company its associated divisions.

Heritage of Research

Heritage of Research

At GE, research has been the cornerstone of innovation for more than a century. This is reflected in the thousands of patents and two Nobel prizes for technologies that have touched lives and shaped modern society.

Imagination with Heart

Imagination with Heart

The same imagination that goes into GE product and technology innovation is at work in places in need, such as rural Africa. Not only is GE making a difference in world hunger and health care—GE is also solving global energy challenges, infrastructure problems in transportation and other important issues of our time.