- 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