Nikola Tesla

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Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in Smiljan, Lika, which is now in modern day Croatia. His father, Militun Tesla, was a Serbian-Orthodox priest and his mother, Djuka Mandic, wan an inventor of household appliances. In 1873, Tesla studied at the Polytechnic Institue in Graz, Austria, aswell as the University of Prague. Originally he studied math and physics but moved on to electrical engineering. His career began even before he moved to America, in the early 1880s, he began to work for the Continental Edison Company in Paris. In 1884, he moved to America to personally work with Edison. Tesla began improving Edison’s line of dynamos in Edison’s lab in New Jersey. It was here that the "War of Currents" arose. The war was based upon Edison's belief that DC was superior, while Tesla believed the opposing AC came out on top, which, of course, it did. Due to the "War of Currents", Tesla left Edison and began to work on his own projects, designing the first power plant in 1895. Another of his widely known projects was the Tesla Coil, invented in 1891, which is used in most modern day televisons and radios. He also pioneered X-Rays, but strangely allowed Rontgen to take credit. Tesla recieved his last patent for an uncreated VTOL biplane in 1928. After his career ended, in 1937, Tesla left his home in a New York Hotel to feed pigeons. On his commute he was unable to doge an oncoming Taxi cab and was thrown to the ground, breaking several ribs. He was finally able to get up in 1938, but was left a broken man. On January 7, 1943, Tesla died in his hotel room of coronary thrombosis. A state funeral in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City, to which 2000 people attended. Unlike rival Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla is not a household name. In his death, Tesla's memory remains little known, making him the most important forgotten person, in history.


1856 - Birth1873 - Began studying at the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria1884 - Moved to the U.S.1943 - Death

- Alternating current (AC): A form of delivering electircal currents to establishments in which the flow of electric charge periodically reverses direction- Wireless communication: The process of sending radio waves to communicate with other people. i.e. Texting- The Tesla Coil: A high-frequency air-core transformer. Used to create powerful electric fields for spark-gap radios and wireless telegraphy

Lasting Impact

Tesla has invented many things still used today AC (Alternating Currents), the remote control, robotics, and wireless communication.



Nikola Tesla, the most important forgotten man in history.


The Tesla coil, named for its creator is perhaps one of the most flashy inventions of Tesla's. The purpose? While it had many, the most common two were spark-gap radio transmitters and wireless telegraphy.

Tesla's early design for a radio.

Tesla, A Short Story


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