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  • 1. Nikola Tesla
  • 2.
    • Born July 10th, 1856
    • Smiljan, Austria (now Croatia)
  • 3.
    • Father: Rev. Milutin Tesla
    • Mother: Duka Mandic
    • Sisters: Milka, Angelina and Marica Tesla
  • 4.
    • 1875 starts technical schooling in Graz, Austria for three years
    • Quits school and moves to Maribor, Slovenia
    • Starts Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague in 1880
    • Fell ill
  • 5.
    • Moves to Budapest, Hungary, to work under Tivadar Puskás in a telegraph company
    • Becomes chief electrician to the company
    • Develops first loud speaker
    • Moves to Paris, France to work for the Continental Edison Company , helping to resolve problems with their DC dynamos
    • Goes back to his mothers birthplace after he learns of her death
  • 6.
    • 6 June 1884 first arrived in the US in New York City
    • Edison hires Tesla to work for his Edison Machine Works
    • Offered 1.1 million dollars if he redesigned Edison's inefficient motor and generators
    • Quits working for Edison and begins to dig ditches
  • 7.
    • 1886, Tesla forms Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing
    • Initial financial investors relieve Tesla of his duties at the company
    • 1886 to 1887 works as a common laborer to raise capital for his next project
  • 8.
    • 1880 constructs alternating current induction motor and the Tesla coil
    • Begins working with George Westinghouse at Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company's Pittsburgh labs
    • Experiments with X-rays, mechanical resonance, radio technology, radio controlling of a boat model
  • 9.
    • AC current was used to illuminate the exhibition
  • 10.
    • Wins the contract to light Niagara Falls with AC electricity
    • November 16, 1896 first power reaches Buffalo
  • 11.
    • 1899, Tesla begins research in Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • conducting wireless telegraphy experiments
    • observed unusual signals that he later thought may have been evidence of extraterrestrial radio communications
    • Left January 1900
  • 12.
    • Received $150,000 from J. P. Morgan to construct Wardenclyffe
    • December 12, 1901Marconi developmed a radiotelegraph system
    • Morgan stopped funding the project
    • 1905 the project was abandoned
  • 13.
    • On 11 July 1934 the headline on the front page of the New York Times read, "TESLA, AT 78, BARES NEW 'DEATH BEAM.'"
  • 14.
    • Died some time between the evening of 5 January and the morning of 8 January 1943, at the age of 86.
    • Tesla's funeral took place on 12 January 1943, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan, New York City.
    • His body was cremated and his ashes taken to Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1957. The urn was placed in the Nikola Tesla Museum.
  • 15.