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Nikola Tesla – Exceptional Inventor

Last Updated on September 20, 2020 by Darshan Modi

Alternating current plays a vital role in our day to day life without which we cannot make use of many things. Do you know who invented the system? It is inventor Nikola Tesla. He invented the first alternating current (AC) motor and developed AC generation and transmission technology. He is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. He has also done many other inventions and discoveries. Many are aware of him but not of his amazing scientific inventions. To know about it, begin to explore now by reading further.

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Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla Superhuman Superpower

Nikola Tesla is a great and exceptional inventor who has invented Alternating Current (AC), Tesla coil, Remote control, Violet ray, Induction Motor, Three phase electric power, Wireless telegraphy, Neon Lamp, Tesla valve, Vacuum variable capacitor etc…, and he has obtained around 300 patents worldwide for his inventions.


Nikola Tesla was born on 10th July, 1856 in Smiljan, Croatia to Milutin Tesla and Djuka Mandic.

Early Life of Nikola Tesla

Along with his parents and four siblings, Nikola lived in Croatia. His father was an orthodox priest cum writer and he wanted Tesla to become a priest. His mother has invented small household appliances. Loss of his brother in an accident, when Tesla was 7 years old affected him and enabled him to see visions. Nikola’s interest was towards science. He carried out his studies in Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria and the University of Prague. He had incredible abilities to calculate mathematical problems. Tesla has constructed a sixteen-bug power motor by harnessing June bugs to a thin wooden wheel at the age of 9.

Nikola started to work as a draftsman at the Central Telegraph Office in Budapest in 1881 and then he became the chief electrician in the Budapest Telephone Exchange. He moved to Paris to work in Continental Edison Company. Later in the year 1884, he went to US and worked for inventor Thomas Alva Edison. Then resigned from there due to some issues. After that he started working with George Westinghouse in 1885 where he devised an electrical distribution system that employed alternating current (AC). He had a good relationship with Mark Twain and Tesla photographed him with phosphorescent light for the first time.

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About Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla is a famous inventor with incredible creative skills who has done many discoveries and inventions in his time period. He had photographic memory which enabled him to memorize whole books, speak eight languages and invent many things. His great power is that before inventing anything, best ideas related to design size and detailed picture flashed into his mind as working units. He has received many awards and honours.

In 1885, Tesla started his own company – Tesla Electric Light Company with the help of funding he received from his investors. Industrialist George Westinghouse hired him inspired his by his idea for the polyphase system. Tesla portrayed the wireless energy transfer to power electronic devices in 1891 to the public. He has designed the first AC hydroelectric power plants in the United States, at Niagara Falls in 1895. He faced lot of problems in his journey including the patents issues. In 1899, Tesla moved to Colorado Springs in order to create a wireless global energy transmission system.

During his latter period, Tesla continued his research work on electricity generation and turbine design. Despite of these many inventions and much talents, it is sad to say that he lived in poverty in the last years. He died on 7th January 1943 in a hotel room in the New York City due to coronary thrombosis at the age of 86.

A street sign identifying Nikola Tesla Corner was installed near the site of his former New York City laboratory, at the intersection of 40th Street and 6th Avenue in 1994. To honour Nikola Tesla, a car company named Tesla Motors was found by a group of engineers in 2003 dedicated to the first fully electric-powered car. Many movies has highlighted Tesla’s life and famous works. The airport in Belgrade bears his name, Nikola Tesla Award was named after him and the magnetic field strength of MRI scanners is measured in Teslas. His fame and his inventions still remains even after his departure from earth.

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Genetic or Learned

Innovation skills of Tesla is genetic as he obtained certain skills from his mother who was an inventor. His interest towards science and in-born innovative skills enabled him to become a great inventor.

Names Known by

  • The man who invented the 20th century
  • Forgotten genius of electricity

Nikola Tesla Youtube Videos

Featured In

  • Time magazine in 1931
  • New York Times in 1934

Books Published by Nikola Tesla

  • My Inventions – The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla
  • X-Ray Vision: Nikola Tesla on Roentgen Rays
  • Dr. Nikola Tesla Selected Patent Wrappers from the National Archives (4 Volume Set)
  • Dr. Nikola Tesla Complete Patents
  • Tesla Said
  • Nikola Tesla – From Colorado to Long Island: Research Notes – Colorado Springs 1899-1900 – New York 1900-1901
  • Correspondence with Relatives
  • Nikola Tesla: Lecture Before the New York Academy of Sciences April 6, 1897: The Streams of Lenard and Roentgen and Novel Apparatus for Their Production
  • Tesla-Bildband: The Nikola Tesla Photo Collection
  • Miscellaneous Writings
  • Famous Scientific Illusions
  • Fantásticas Invenções de Nikola Tesla
  • Very Truly Yours, Nikola Tesla
  • Nikola Tesla: Collected German and American Patents
  • Nikola Tesla: Tagebuch Aus Strasbur 1883-1884 (Diary from Strasbourg)
  • Nikola Tesla: Notebook from the Edison Machine Works 1884-1885
  • Tesla: The True Wireless
  • Nikola Tesla on His Work with Alternating Currents
  • My Inventions, With the Correspondence between Nikola Tesla and Hugo Gernsback
  • Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency
  • Nikola Tesla: Colorado Springs Notes, 1899-1900
  • The Fantastic Inventions of Nikola Tesla
  • Nikola Tesla: Guided Weapons and Computer Technology
  • My Inventions