Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American (July 10, 1856 to January 7, 1943). He was an engineer known for designing the alternating-current (AC) electric system, which is still the predominant electrical system used across the world today. Most people don’t know that Tesla had a terrific sense of humor. Tesla had what’s known as a photographic memory. He was known to memorize books and images and stockpile visions for inventions in his head.
Innovation runs in Tesla’s blood. Tesla once wrote: “My mother was an inventor of the first order and would, I believe, have achieved great things had she not been so remote from modern life and its multi fold opportunities. She invented and constructed all kinds of tools and devices and wove the finest designs from thread which was spun by her.”
Tesla designed the first hydroelectric power plant in Niagara Falls, New York, harnessing the power of the waterfalls he had marveled at since childhood.
- He was an inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist.
- Was best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
- He also built a wireless controlled boat, one of the first ever exhibited.
- Tesla was renowned for his achievements and showmanship, which eventually got him into a popular culture of an archetypal “mad scientist”.
- “Teslas,” a unit used to measure the strength of magnetic fields, are named after Tesla.
- Another namesake is Tesla Motors, the electric car start-up, in homage to Tesla’s role in the invention of the electric motor.
Inventions and Discoveries
- Three Phase Electric Power
- Induction Motor
- Wireless telegraphy
- Alternating Current
- Neon lamp
- Remote controle
- Tesla Coil
He believed that, ‘The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence’.
Tesla lived his last decades in a New York hotel, working on new inventions even as his energy and mental health faded.