About Brief History about Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla states, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”
He had set future standards for electricity for America, the most famous inventor of all time.
Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856, in Yugoslavia. His father was a Greek clergyman, and his mother an inventor of household appliances. He was schooled in Paris as a child. Later he studied physics and mathematics in Austria. He was over 6ft tall, had deep-set eyes, was handsome, and a lifelong bachelor. He had devoted his life to the sciences. He began his career in 1881, in Budapest, Hungary, at a phone company as an electrical engineer. It was there that he had a flash of the solution to the elusive to the rotating magnetic field. He was walking through the park with a friend and with a stick he drew a diagram in the sand explaining the principal of the induction motor.
In Strasbourg in 1883, he built a prototype of the induction motor. No one was interested in it, so Tesla accepted an offer in America from Thomas Edison to improve the line of dynamos. In 1884 he emigrated to the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen. It was there that his opinion of alternating current began, and this disagreement started the war of D.C and A.C current. Edison fought a losing battle over direct current. He had built an empire on direct current. The first D.C power plant was in lower Manhattan New York. Edison had supplied industries and households with this type of electricity. This weak current could not travel more than 2 miles. It could not be stepped up to make it more powerful or travel over longer distances.
In 1888, earned him a considerable amount of money and became the cornerstone of the polyphase system that was eventually marketed.
Attempting to develop inventions he could patent and market, Tesla conducted a range of experiments with mechanical oscillators/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and early X-ray imaging. He also built a wireless-controlled boat, one of the first-ever exhibited. Tesla’s alternating current changes direction every 50 to 60 seconds and could be stepped up to high voltage, minimizing power losses at great distances. The future was alternating current. Tesla had 40 patents of transformers, generators, and motors, which Westinghouse bought to supply America with the Tesla system. After Tesla left Edison, he set up his first laboratory on South 5th avenue in New York. He had some famous friends, such as Mark Twain and Robert Underwood Johnson. They had even participated in some of his experiments. Later his lab burned down, and his research was lost. He opened his second lab on in Mulberry. It was funded by J.P Morgan and John, where he worked to improve dynamos. Here he worked with harmonic vibrations, nearly destroying buildings around him.
George Westinghouse required patents of Tesla, and in 1893 at the World’s Fair in Lake Michigan, he lit up over 200,000 light bulbs. A Stunning display. In 1891 he created his famous Tesla coil, which produces low frequency, high voltage. The Tesla coil is used in Televisions, radio, and many other applications today. His largest Tesla coil produced half a million volts in 1899. He spent a year at his lab in Colorado Springs, where he created 30-foot sparks. He experimented with wireless transmission of electricity. In Colorado Springs, he built a laboratory to make the largest Tesla Coil ever built. This was called the 'Magnifying Transmitter. Tt was generating some 300,000 watts of power and (reportedly) could produce a bolt of lightning 130 feet long. According to local accounts, Tesla actually managed to successfully transmit about 30 to 50 thousand watts of power without wires using the 'Transmitter'.
The Waldorf Astoria is where he lived at the height of his financial success. Tesla had invited famous people to dinners and presented his experiments. J.P Morgan financed him in 1901, and he built a lab in Long Island, New York. He had made a 185 ft huge copper dome and was
planned to be the first broadcasting system. This would turn the planet into a huge dynamo, which would be free electricity anywhere in the world for industry and communication.
In 1896 he patented the first radio. His radio transmissions devices were installed on warships prior to WW1. He created the wireless transmission; Marconi had worked with Tesla and had stolen his idea. In 1901 Marconne established radio.
Tesla built the first hydropower plant at Niagara Falls in 1885. There is a Tesla Museum in Belgrade showing his patents and works. invented the Tesla Coil that I talk about in my book. He built it because he wanted the planet to have free electricity but that did not work out. These days it is used a healing tool.
Many years ago, I would ask people if they knew who Tesla was, and it was rare anyone did. Thanks to the History Channel, Discovery Channel, the internet, and youtube.com, he is becoming very well known. To learn more about him, research on the internet shows a tremendous amount of information about him.