Alexander Nikolayevich Lodygin

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Alexander Nikolayevich Lodygin was born in Stenshino village, Tambov Governorate, Russian Empire back in 1847.  He studied at the Tambov Cadet School from 1859-65.  After graduation her served in the 71st Belev Regiment.  from 1866-68 he studied at the Moscow Infantry School.  Just after graduation, he retired from the military and found wok at the Tula weapons factory.

In 1871, he proposed an autonomous diving apparatus that consist of a steel mask, natural rubber costume, accumulator battery and a special apparatus for electrolysis of water.  The diver was supposed to breathe the oxygen-hydrogen mix obtained by electrolysis of water.  the device is very similar to modern scuba equipment.  He died in Brooklyn, New York in 1923, he was 75.

What you may not know about Alexander is that in 1874, he received a Russian patent number 1619.  That patent was for an incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison received a patent for the same thing in the U.S. in 1879.  Bet you thought it was Edison who held the original didn’t you?

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Comments (17)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... although I do know a lot of Russian history, this is one piece of history I didn't know.

Jul 12, 2021 04:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I didn't know this information.  

Jul 12, 2021 04:31 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Have heard this in passing but now I know for sure. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Jul 12, 2021 04:57 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, now we know who really invented the light bulb.  I wonder if Edison knew of this before inventing his version.

Jul 12, 2021 05:35 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /


Great to know, always thought Edison was the man. Make it a productive Monday and sell a house.  Bill Salvatore 

Jul 12, 2021 05:52 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That is really cool information James Dray and who would think that today it's illegal to sell certain incandescent light bulbs but not illegal to sell pot.

Jul 12, 2021 06:17 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Aha, the light is on now.

Now we have to dispose of the bulbs properly for the hazardous waste!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jul 12, 2021 06:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This man was never mentioned in my Russian history books.  What I can share with you, that during the worst of the Communist era, production in the lightbulb factore was measured in Watts produced.  On clever boss started producing 1000 watt bulbs thus achieving high production...The bulbs were useless as there were no 1000 watt outlets...It always maked me laugh!  A

Jul 12, 2021 07:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, James.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 12, 2021 07:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Well now that was a surprise. Do you suppose Edison became aware?

Jul 12, 2021 08:02 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! And still, I never heard of one being used before Edison. Wonder what happened?

Jul 12, 2021 08:04 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Interesting post. I bet when he told his friends in Brooklyn that he invented the light bulb, they laughed at him  :)

Jul 12, 2021 08:34 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James Dray Interesting, that is amazing that we all figure it was Edison was the first one to have the patient on this.


Jul 12, 2021 08:48 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - interesting but then what could he do with his patent.  Edison took his on the "road."

Jul 12, 2021 10:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- well who knew!!!!!   We're learning all of the time. 

Jul 12, 2021 11:30 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It seems that Mr Edison came in second on a couple of his inventions. I hope you have a nice couple of days off James Dray 

Jul 12, 2021 03:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Go figure and he got no credit nor $$$ how sad is that? and yes I actually knew about him...Endre

Jul 12, 2021 10:51 PM