Nikola Tesla - Inventor
Born on July 10th, 1856 to Serbian parents in what is now Croatia, Nikola Tesla enjoyed a fine education focused on math and technology. His childhood dream was to go to America and harness the power of Niagara Falls. Tesla studied at Austrian Polytechnic in Graz Austria, but never graduated because he did not pass his last semester. After a few years of personal reflection, Tesla moved to Budapest where he became the Chief Electrician and eventually began working for the Continental Edison Company in Paris.
This role in Thomas Edison's company allowed for Nikola to transfer to the United States and work for the Edison Company for three years. Nikola eventually resigned his position over a dispute with Thomas Edison because he thought he was owed for redesigning Edison's motor and generators.
Nikola Tesla then went to form his own company, Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing, but because of a dispute with his investors, was forced out of his own company. Around this time Tesla developed the principles for his Tesla coil, and George Westinghouse licensed Tesla's polyphase induction motor and transformer.
On July 30th, 1891 Nikola Tesla became a naturalized citizen of the United States, of which he held at a significant value. From 1892 through 1894 Tesla acted as the Vice President of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers where he invented significant improvements in conductors, circuits and wireless electromagnetic energy.
In 1897, Nikola filed the first radio patent and soon thereafter demonstrated a radio-controlled boat at an exhibit at the Madison Square Garden. Around this time, he also invented the modern day spark plug. Later in his life, Tesla moved to Colorado Springs to perform various tests on transmitting power and energy without wires over long distances before returning to New York to demonstrate his findings. Tesla faced many hardships due to the depression and stock market crash, and was unable to continue to raise funds for his experiments.
Nikola Tesla developed the first primitive radar units in 1917, a type of biplane that could take off vertically in 1928, and made claims to being able to create a military particle gun weapon. In total, Tesla obtained nearly 300 patents worldwide.
Nikola Tesla was found dead on January 7th, 1943 at the age of 86 in the New Yorker Hotel of coronary thrombosis. ... show more