Describe a historical figure – IELTS Cue Card
Describe a historical figure
You should say:
- who he/she is
- why he/she is famous
- Do you like him/her or not? Why?
Although there is a gamut of historical figures that I admire, the one who tops the chart would be Thomas Alva Edison. World-renowned and appreciated for his work, he was an American inventor who lived during the end of the 18th century. Apparently, Edison was named as one of the greatest inventors in the globe as he has more than 1000 patents to his name.
Amidst other findings, one of the greatest inventions in his kitty is the bulb. In his biography, it was mentioned that Thomas had experimented more than 1000 times to invent this bulb but failed each time drastically. However, he didn’t give up. It was only through his strong persistence and determination that he finally found the bulb. Alongside, Thomas Edison was also the co-founder of General Electric – a giant multinational company which is still in existence today. However, it has been transformed into a high-tech company that sells a variety of products.
One of the reasons why I like Edison is because of his determination. During that time, scientists only had to work with limited equipment. With no basic resources in hand, such as a calculator or a computer, Thomas didn’t give up but continued with his work. Not just his professional but personal life is motivating and inspiring as well. When he was a child, he dropped out of school because his teachers considered him too dumb to learn anything. I applaud him for what he has done for the world and it is no wonder that he is an idol for many people.
- Gamut: a complete range of something
Example: This store has a gamut of clothing options.
- Renowned: acclaimed
Example: Michael Jackson was one of the renowned singers.
- Drastically: incredibly
Example: His life has changed drastically after the accident.
- Persistence: determined to continue doing something
Example: His persistence is going to take him to the heights.
- Applaud: praise
Example: I applauded the play written by my friend.
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