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Who is Tesla?
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) is regarded as one of the most important physicists and inventors in history. He is well known for his contributions to electricity and magnetism. His patents and theoretical work form the basis of modern alternating current electric power (AC) systems, radio and wireless technologies. With his inventions he helped usher in the Second Industrial Revolution. Tesla is widely known for his rivalry with the inventor Thomas Alva Edison, who advocated direct current for electricity, while Tesla advocated AC system that prevailed, and with Marconi over the invention of radio transmission. He was also well known personality at his time, close friend of many artists, including Mark Twain and Sarah Bernhardt.
Nikola Tesla, about 1890
He was a famous inventor, physicist and engineer to whom we have to thank for the electricity we use today: alternating current and the three-phase power distribution system, induction motor, wireless communication and remote control, radio and other things.
the famous photo of Tesla
One of his most controversial ideas was wireless transfer of electricity, and he spent many years researching his theories in Colorado Springs and on Long Island. However, it was never developed, perhaps because the industry could not find the way to charge their customers for the energy freely distributed by air.
Tesla on the cover of the Time Magazine, 1931
Many contemporary admirers of Tesla have deemed him the man who invented the twentieth century. The scientific compound derived SI unit measuring magnetic flux density or magnetic induction, the tesla (T), was named in his honor.
Nikola Tesla in his laboratory in New York City
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