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NIKOLA TESLA: The Genius who Lit the World

Updated on January 7, 2016

Nikola tesla

"If your hate could be turned into Electricity. It would light up the whole world."

Nikola Tesla was an engineer, inventor and futurist. He was born on July 10, 1856 in Smiljan, Croatia. His father name is Milutin who was a Priest and Djuka Mandic is his mother who was an inventor. Tesla was first intended to study physics and mathematics, but then electricity made him fascinated. He began his career as an electrical engineer in Budapest in 1881. Once, Tesla was walking there with his through the city park and then the elusive solution to the rotating magnetic field flashed through his mind.


In 1882, Tesla began working for the Continental Edison Company in France, designing and improving the electrical equipment. In June 1884, young Nikola Tesla came to the United States with an introduction letter from Charles Batchelor to Thomas Edison: "I know two great men, one is you and the other is this young man."
Edison hired him to work with simple electrical engineering and rapidly progressed to solving more tough problems. Tesla was offered the task of completely redesigning the Edison's DC Generators. According to Tesla, Edison said, "There's fifty thousand dollars in it for you, if you can do it."
Tesla worked very hard and after bone breaking work for several months, he fulfilled the task and ask about payment. Edison said that he was only joking, "Tesla, you don't understand our American humour." Instead Edison lowered the salary from US$ 18 per week to US$ 10 per week. Tesla refused the offer and resigned immediately.


The Idea of Wireless Transmission was struct in the mind of Tesla and he went on to pursue this idea of wireless lightning and electricity in New York and told the world that it is possible to transfer electricity without wire. In the ionosphere, the presence of ions will act as the energy source and it is transfer to the power station settled on the roof of the house. But he was failed fulfilled this work and it is now merely an impractical theory.



Tesla believed that Direct Current transmission of Edison is not efficient and has lots if limitation and his idea of Alternating Current is far better than that and can transmit light to greater distance and thus decreases the establishment of various power station as of DC Transmission required. In 1888, Tesla's demonstration of his induction motor and licensing of the patent create the so called 'War of Currents', a battle between two genius to lit the world. Tesla together with Westinghouse work on spreading the AC system and due to the betterment of AC induction motor helped him a lot and the competition went on to Tesla side. In 1892, Edison company decided to adopt the AC transmission technique without consulting to Edison and finally the Niagara fall battle was also rumoured that both of them fought for establishing the power plant there. And in 1895, Tesla designed the first hydroelectric power plant in Niagara fall and won the 'War of Current.' This achievement of Tesla was covered widely in newspapers and He was praised as a hero world wide.

He also conducted lots of experiments with X-ray imaging, electric discharge tubes and one of the first wireless controlled boat, Tesla coil, laser beam, and many more. Tesla's work on science earning him a reputation and fame and lots of money, which he used to finance his own projects. One of the most ideological fact is that He never lived in luxury from his previous work instead he used that money in next experiment, Brilliant!



On January 7, 1943 Tesla died in the Hotel New Yorker(Room 3327, 33rd floor), where he spent last 10 years. Tesla did lots of pioneering works in his lifetime and in his tribute, unit of magnetic flux density in named after him.

"I expect to photograph thoughts."

-Nikola Tesla

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