You know those greatest minds of all time that seem so brilliant as if they were not human at all? Nikola Tesla was one of those minds. A man that revolutionized the human civilization by giving us electricity, internet and so many things most of us can’t imagine a single day without. Who is that guy? Let us tell you a little more about this man from the future…
Nikola Tesla symbolizes a unifying force and inspiration for all nations in the name of peace and science. He was a true visionary far ahead of his contemporaries in the field of scientific development. New York State and many other states in the USA proclaimed July 10, Tesla’s birthday – Nikola Tesla Day.
In February 1882, Tesla discovered the rotating magnetic field. He brilliantly adapted the principle of rotating magnetic field for the construction of alternating current induction motor and the polyphase system for the generation, transmission, distribution, and use of electrical power.
Tesla’s A.C. induction motor is widely used throughout the world in industry and household appliances. It started the industrial revolution at the turn of the century. Electricity today is generated transmitted and converted to mechanical power by means of his inventions. Tesla’s greatest achievement is his polyphase alternating current system, which is today lighting the entire globe.
Tesla registered over 700 patents worldwide
Tesla was a pioneer in many fields. The Tesla coil, which he invented in 1891, is widely used today in radio and television sets and other electronic equipment. That year also marked the date of Tesla’s United States citizenship. His alternating current induction motor is considered one of the ten greatest discoveries of all time. Among his discoveries are the fluorescent light, laser beam, wireless communications, wireless transmission of electrical energy, remote control, robotics, Tesla’s turbines and vertical take-off aircraft. Tesla is the father of the radio and the modern electrical transmissions systems. His vision included exploration of solar energy and the power of the sea. He foresaw interplanetary communications and satellites.
Nikola Tesla – engineer, inventor, physicist
The Electrical Review in 1896 published X-rays of a man, made by Tesla, with X-ray tubes of his own design. They appeared at the same time as when Roentgen announced his discovery of X-rays. Tesla never attempted to proclaim priority. Roentgen congratulated Tesla on his sophisticated X-ray pictures, and Tesla even wrote Roentgen’s name on one of his films. He experimented with shadowgraphs similar to those that later were to be used by Wilhelm Rontgen when he discovered X-rays in 1895. Tesla’s countless experiments included work on a carbon button lamp, on the power of electrical resonance, and on various types of lightning. Tesla invented the special vacuum tube which emitted light to be used in photography.
The breadth of his inventions is demonstrated by his patents for a bladeless steam turbine based on a spiral flow principle. Tesla also patented a pump design to operate at extremely high temperature.
Nikola Tesla patented the basic system of radio in 1896. His published schematic diagrams describing all the basic elements of the radio transmitter which was later used by Marconi.
“The world will wait a long time for Nikola Tesla’s equal in achievement and imagination.”
– E. ARMSTRONG
We have visited Tesla’s birth house
During the Algebra International school’s summer program in 2017, we had a chance to visit the place where Nikola Tesla was born – Smiljan, a small village in Croatia on halfway from Zagreb to the seaside. There is a memorial center build there with a museum and many interesting stories, quotes, models, and exhibits from Tesla’s life. It was interesting to see how unusual and special this man was through all aspects of his life.