july 10th 1856

Nikola Tesla:

Serbian-American inventor, discoverer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, theoretical and experimental physicist, mathematician, futurist and humanitarian. Born at midnight between July 9th and 10th in 1856, and passed away January 7, 1943. Tesla was a hyperpolyglot who could speak eight languages fluently including: Serbo-Croatian, English, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Latin. He was known to have one of the most remarkable memories, being able to recite full books, poetry and mathematical formulas by heart. He claimed to have had a three-dimensional memory and thought process that helped him with building his inventions in his own mind without wasting any physical energy. He has more original inventions to his credit than any other man in history and has been accounted for 278 patents in 26 different countries. He is the true father of radio and a man far ahead of his time. He is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system that we still use today. His commutatorless alternating current induction motor led to an AC/DC war with Thomas Edison’s direct current system to see who would use their system to power Niagra Falls. Ninety percent of the entire electrical industry pays tribute to his genius. All electrical machinery using or generating alternating current is due to Tesla. High tension current transmission without which our long distance trolley cars, our electrified lines, and our subways would be impossible. The Tesla Induction Motor, the Tesla Rotary Converter, the Tesla Phase System of Power Transmission, the Tesla Steam and Gas Turbine, the Tesla Coil, and the Oscillation Transformer are perhaps his better known inventions. In his labs he conducted a range of experiments with mechanical oscillators/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and some of the earliest X-ray imaging. He is also the father of remote control, building a wireless controlled boat first ever exhibited in 1898. Although not recognized for, he was the first to discovery the electron, radioactivity, radar, cosmic rays, terrestrial resonance, stationary waves (standing waves), and the first to invent florescent light bulbs. He first demonstrated wireless energy/power by lighting his light bulbs wirelessly in a demonstration given before the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, 1893. He theorized a particle beam to be used for defense in war, and also a plan to produce an artificial Aurora Borealis to light the night skies for ships at sea. In his later life he wanted to bring humanity so much more with his inventions and discoveries, but lacked the investments and funds to finish his work on a large scale. Unfortunately, his failings to fulfill his dreams would leave him with the public persona as being the mad scientist with unrealistic ideas. He would eventually die penniless and alone in his New York apartment, but like all the greats throughout history, he lives on through all his inventions and contributions to this world.