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1856, 10 July
Born at Smiljan, a village near Gospić (a small town in Austrian-Empire, now in the Republic of Croatia);
Passed the final examination in the secondary school (Realgymnasium) at Karlovac;
1875 - 1878.
Studies at the Polytechnics in Graz;
Studies natural philosophy at the Charles' University in Prague;
Starts working for the Central Telegraph Office in Budapest and makes his first invention: voice amplifier for the telephone receiver;
Invents the rotating magnetic field and leaves Budapest; finds employment in the Edison Continental Company in Paris
Spends six months working on the reconstruction of the power station in Strasbourg. Makes the first model of the induction motor;
Returns to Paris. On the recommendation of the Board in Paris travels to New York to work in the "Edison Machine Works";
Leaves Edison's company and founds the "Tesla Arc Light Co." in New York. Makes first alternating current motors and generators. Applies his first patent "Commutator for Dynamo-electric Machines", followed by patents on arc-lamps regulators;
Well-known, cherished and admired by some, he remains little-known by the public due to his eccentricities and due to defamation by his principal rival and contemporary fellow scientist, Thomas Edison.
Edison was a highly intelligent man and his mental capacity applied to much more than science. Intimidation, blackmail, extortion and plain theft led to this man accumulating over 1000 patents in his lifetime, from the lightbulb blueprints he forced someone else to sell him to the breakthroughs in electricity he directly stole from Tesla by having his laboratory raided.
Both Edison and Tesla gained respect and lucrative contracts in America at the turn of last century but whereas Edison turned his profit into more profit, Tesla ruined himself with increasingly bizarre experiments, some of which would eventually revolutionise the fields of magnetism and electricity and indeed usher in the second industrial revolution of mechanisation. In fact, our old television sets still use Tesla coils in them to regulate the image and Tesla, while working for Westinghouse, developed AC or Alternating current, the form of electricity still used by most of the world as a safe means of powering our homes. AC was deemed safer than DC or direct current (without any surge control) that Edison was pushing and eventually, Tesla’s undeniable testing results proved the preferable viability of AC.
Originally posted by MrsBlonde
Thomas Edison was the Devil he electrocuted and Elephant and I'm pretty sure that the Elephant was innocent
I'm a huge Tesla fan everything I find out about him amazes me
this is great post Thanks!