Inventors are inspirational. Nikola Tesla was an inventor. He was born on July 10, 1856 in Smiljan, Austrian Empire. He was an Austrian citizen, however got United States citizenship in 1891. This made him a Serbian American. In addition to being an inventor, he is remembered as a physicist, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist. He had around 300 patents, however is best known for his work on the design of the alternating current electricity supply system.
Tesla had an eidetic memory and had a brother and three sisters, although his brother died when he was young. In 1873, Tesla almost died from cholera. Before recovering his father agreed to send him to an engineering school. In 1875, Tesla enrolled in Austrian Polytechnic. He did really well for a couple years, however he started gambling and dropped out of school. After another try at school, in 1881, Tesla began work at a telegraph company. He became the chief electrician.
In 1882, he worked for the Continental Edison Company in France. In 1884, he moved to New York to work for Thomas Edison at Edison Machine Works. He redesigned direct current generators. Tesla later resigned and partnered with businessmen to start Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing in 1886. Disagreements led to Tesla being forced out. In late 1886, he met new partners. In 1887, they started Tesla Electric Company. He developed an induction motor that ran on alternating current. George Westinghouse, of Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, made a licensing deal for Tesla’s polyphase induction motor. He then hired Tesla to be a consultant at his company’s Pittsburgh labs. When this work ended he moved back to New York. In 1891, Tesla patented the Tesla coil.
He then served as vice president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers from 1892 until 1894. Tesla experimented with x-rays and later radio waves. In 1899, Tesla moved to Colorado Springs to work on high-voltage, high-frequency experiments. This work led to work on what is known as the Wardenclyffe Tower facility. This was on Long Island and he hoped to demonstrate wireless transmission of electrical energy across the Atlantic Ocean. By 1917, he had sold Wardenclyffe, but had received the Edison Medal. He worked in Milwaukee from 1919 until 1922. By 1934, he was back with Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing and living in New York. He is said to have worked on plans for a directed-energy weapon until his death.
Tesla works articles for magazines and journals, as well as, books. His work and life has a legacy in the scientific community and popular culture. There are many things named after him throughout the universe, including awards, plaques, organizations, events, and places like a crater on the far side of the moon. Be inspired! Have a bright day!