Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla! 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Prolific Genius

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Born on July 10, 1856, in Smiljan (now Croatia), Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, engineer, and physicist. Tesla is most famously known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity system.

Though he died poor in 1943, his reputation and inventions have caused a recent popular culture resurgence, where he’s now being depicted in movies, graphic novels, music and video games.

Did you know that Tesla actually thought up of wireless internet way before you were born?

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