Many people agree today that Nikola Tesla is indeed the undisputed king of inventions born in at least last 500 years. Why do they say so? Okay here is just one reason of the many – he was the man who gave us the Alternating Current of AC that we use today for everything we do. For example, you are reading this article on your computer. Your computer wouldn’t have run if there was no Nikola Tesla. Your mobile phones would not work if there was no Nikola Tesla. Your air conditioner, your TV, your tube lights or halogens or anything that uses electricity would not have run if Nikola Tesla was never born.
Well, he was also the man who almost built the world’s first wireless transmission technology (he would have succeeded had the greedy J.P. Morgan did not pull away the funding). He would have given the world of wirelessly transmitting electricity. He was indeed great. So, let us waste time no further and learn 30 interesting Nikola Tesla facts.
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1. Nikola Tesla was born in a place that we today know as Croatia. He was born in month of July in year 1856. Exact date was 10th of July and the exact place was Smiljan.
2. Tesla idolized Thomas Edison and was hell-bent on working with him. That’s the reason why Tesla went to United States of America in 1884 and did start working with Edison but only for a very short period of time.
3. Tesla actually inherited his interest in electricity from his mother whose name was Djuka Mandic. His mother used to creatively use her spare time building small appliances that she could use in her household.
4. Contrary to Nikola Tesla’s mother’s inventor-attitude, his father wanted him to get into priesthood because his father himself was a priest. His father was also a writer.
5. Johann-Rudolph-Glauber Realschule Karlstadt is where Nikola Tesla studied. It was a polytechnic institute located in Graz, Austria. Later in 1870s, Tesla studied in University of Prague.
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6. After his university studies, Tesla went to Budapest and joined Central Telephone Exchange as a worker. It is there where he first came up with induction motor idea.
7. Tesla moved to United States in 1884 hoping to work with Thomas Edison. Edison was not only a famed inventor but was also a tenured businessman. Edison earned his fortune by selling Direct Current across United States.
8. When Edison received Tesla’s request, Edison took him in. Both of them worked towards improving Edison’s inventions for a few months. It was only a matter of time that conflicts between the two men started. Tesla didn’t have business acumen and he was more humanitarian by nature as opposed to Edison’s capitalist nature. So, they just parted their ways.
9. A few investors came along in 1885 and gave Tesla money to start the Tesla Electric Light Company. The investors wanted Tesla to create an improved version of Arc Lighting. Once Tesla accomplished what the investors wanted him to do, he was thrown out of the venture.
10. With all funding lost Tesla was back to poverty and turned into a manual labor to ensure his survival. It was only in 1887 that Tesla came up with Alternating Current electricity and went ahead with filing several patents.