Nikola Tesla Facts

Nikola Tesla Facts
Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 to January 7, 1943) was an American inventor, electrical engineer, and mechanical engineer. He developed an induction motor that ran on alternating current.
Interesting Nikola Tesla Facts:
Nikola Tesla was born to Serbian parents in Croatia.
He was the fourth of five children and was the son of an Orthodox priest.
In 1873 he graduated from Higher Real Gymnasium.
Shortly after graduation, he contracted cholera and came very close to death.
He spent nine months recuperating during which time his father promised to send him to engineering school if he recovered.
In 1875 he entered the Austrian Polytechnic where he excelled at his studies and earned a letter of commendation.
He became addicted to gambling and never graduated.
He disappeared to hide his failure from his friends and family.
In 1881 he moved to Budapest and took a job as the chief electrician at the Budapest Telephone Exchange.
In 1884 he moved to New York City and was hired by Thomas Edison to work at the Edison Machine Works.
Tesla completely redesigned the direct current generators but resigned from the company when Edison refused to pay him the reward he thought he had been offered.
He and two started Tesla Electric Light and Manufacturing but the partners eventually forced Tesla out and left him penniless.
In 1886 he and two new partners founded the Tesla Electric Company and set up a laboratory on Liberty Street.
Tesla's induction motor was patented in May 1888.
George Westinghouse purchased Tesla's design for $60,000, stock and a $2.50/unit royalty.
He also hired Tesla to be a consultant for Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing for the exorbitant salary of $2000/mo.
Tesla worked on an a/c system to power Pittsburgh's street cars but it was not successful.
In 1893 Westinghouse won the bid to light the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and Tesla was able to demonstrate his fully integrated alternating current system to the world.
Westinghouse and Tesla won the contract to build the current generating system at Niagara Falls.
July 29, 1891 Tesla became a US citizen and in that same year, patented the Tesla coil.
From 1892 to 1894 he was vice president of the American institute of Electrical Engineers.
In 1898 demonstrated a radio-controlled boat but was unable to interest the government in its military applications.
In 1899 he moved to Colorado Springs and built a laboratory to continue his experiments in wireless telegraphy.
In 1917 he was awarded the Edison Medal by the AIEE.
In 1917 he correctly predicted the invention of radar though his methodology was faulty.
In 1928 Tesla received a patent for a vertical takeoff aircraft.
In 1937 he revealed his plans for a charged particle beam weapon but he could not interest the military in its use.


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