The Basics:
  • Born: July 10, 1856
  • Lived in: Croatia, Hungary, France, New York, Colorado
  • Discovered: Alternating current electricity, hydroelectric power, radio waves, radar, robotics
  • Invented: The “Tesla coil” electric transformer, the first long-distance power system, electric motors, loudspeakers, X-ray machines, remote controls, man-made lightning bolts.
  • Died: January 7, 1943
Did you know?
  • He was born during a lightning storm
  • Some of Tesla’s inventions are classified
  • Nikola Tesla worked for Thomas Edison, but they later became enemies. One of Tesla’s best friends was the writer Mark Twain.
  • Tesla was an environmentalist
  • He had the Idea for Smartphone Technology in 1901
  • Tesla died living as a very poor humanist
  • Tesla suffered from insomnia and obsessive-compulsive behaviors (OCD)
  • Pearls drove him crazy
  • He had a photographic memory and a fear of germs
  • Tesla built a tower intending to suck electricity out of the air
More on Tesla:

Several movies have highlighted Tesla’s life and famous works, most notably:

  • The Secret of Nikola Tesla
  • Nikola Tesla, The Genius Who Lit the World
  • The Prestige
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