Nikola Tesla- one of the highest minds on the earth.
Ere many generations pass, our machinery will
be driven by a power obtainable at any point of
the universe. Throughout space there is energy.
-- Nikola Tesla, 1892
On 10 July (O.S. 28 June) 1856, a legend
was born in the village of Smiljan, Austrian
Empire (modern-day Croatia) to Milutin
Tesla, a Serbian Orthodox priest and Đuka
Tesla (née Mandić).
The legend was named
In 1882, Tesla began working for the Continental Edison
Company in France, designing and making improvements
to electrical equipment.
In June 1884, Tesla relocated to New York City. During
his trip across the Atlantic, his ticket, money, and some
of his luggage were stolen, and he was nearly thrown
overboard after a mutiny broke out on the ship.
He arrived with only four cents in his pocket, a letter
of recommendation, a few poems, and the remainder
of his belongings.
But could the trials of time maul him
In 1885, Tesla claimed that he could
redesign Edison's inefficient motor and
generators, making an improvement in
both service and economy.
According to Tesla, Edison
remarked, "There's fifty thousand
dollars in it for you—if you can do it"
The world had not always been just to him……..
After months of work, Tesla fulfilled the task and inquired
about payment. Edison, claiming that he was only
joking, replied, "Tesla, you don't understand our American
Instead, Edison offered a US$10 a week raise over Tesla's
US$18 per week salary; Tesla refused the offer and
immediately resigned, just to land up launching his own
venture, Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing in 1886.
He was undoubtedly persecuted by the energy power
brokers of his day -- namely Thomas Edison, whom we
are taught in school to revere as a genius.
He was also attacked by J.P. Morgan and other "captains
Upon Tesla's death on January 7th, 1943, the U.S.
government moved into his lab and apartment
confiscating all of his scientific research.
Let's take a look at what Nikola Tesla -- a man who
died broke and alone -- has actually given to the world.
For better or worse, with credit or without, he
changed the face of the planet in ways that perhaps
no man ever has.
The DC current that Edison had been working on produced
dangerous sparking from the required converter. Regardless,
Edison and his backers utilized the general "dangers" of electric
current to instill fear in Tesla's alternative: Alternating Current.
Tesla responded by demonstrating that AC was
perfectly safe by famously shooting current
through his own body to produce light.
Of course he didn't invent light itself, but he did invent
how light can be harnessed and distributed. Tesla
developed and used florescent bulbs in his lab some
40 years before industry "invented" them.
Guglielmo Marconi was initially credited, and most believe him to
be the inventor of radio to this day. However, the Supreme Court
overturned Marconi's patent in 1943, when it was proven that
Tesla invented the radio years previous to Marconi.
Radio signals are just another frequency that needs
a transmitter and receiver, which Tesla also
demonstrated in 1893 during a presentation before
The National Electric Light Association.
This invention was a natural outcropping of radio.
Patent No. 613809 was the first remote controlled
model boat, demonstrated in 1898.
Tesla's invention of the electric motor has finally been
popularized by a car brandishing his name.
This invention has fundamentally changed the
landscape of what we now take for granted:
industrial fans, household applicances, water
drives, electric wristwatches and compressors.
And much more!!!
AWARDS AND HONOURS
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ORDER OF THE WHITE LION
National Inventors Hall of
Crater on moon named after Tesla