Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in Smiljan, Lika. His father, Milutin Tesla was a Serbian Orthodox Priest and his mother Djuka Mandic was an inventor in her own line of household appliances. Tesla studied at the Realschule, Karlstadt in 1873, the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria and the University of Prague. At first, he intended to specialize in physics and mathematics, but soon he became fascinated with electricity. He began his career as an electrical engineer with a telephone company in Budapest in 1881.
Tesla died privately and peacefully at 87 on January 7, 1943 New York hotel room from no apparent cause in particular. Hundreds filed into New York City's Cathedral of St.John for his funeral services, and a flood of messages acknowledged the loss of a great genius. Three Nobel Prize winners in physics (Millikan, Compton, and W.H. Barton) addressed their tributes. One of the outstanding intellects of the world who paved the way for many of the technological developments of modern times, Nikola Tesla.
In 1883, while on assignment for Continental Edison in Strasbourg, France, Tesla used his spare time to build his first polyphase (out-of-step) AC motor. In such a motor, coils are arranged so that when out-of-step alternating currents energize them, the resulting magnetic field rotates at a predetermined speed. In 1884, Tesla left Europe for the United States and went to work for the inventor Thomas Edison. Edison respected the young engineer but the American inventor was a strong supporter of direct current (DC), and so he had little interest in Tesla's alternating current (AC) generation, transmission, and motor ... ... middle of paper ... ... creation of fluorescent lighting. During his later years he led a secluded, eccentric, and penniless life, nearly forgotten by the world he believed would someday honor him.
During the 1870’s Tesla moved to Budapest where he worked at the Central Telephone Exchange, it was also where the idea was introduced for the induction motor first came to Tesla, but after the age of 28 and gaining interest Tesla decided to leave Europe and move to America. Nikola Tesla studied Math and Physics at the Technical University of Graz and Philosophy at the University of Prague. He would spend his six years of life “thinking” about electromagnetic fields and hypothetical motor powered by alternate-current that would or should work.
In Germany and France, he attempted to interest investors in his concept of an AC motor but had no success. It was clear that in order to realize his idea, he would have to meet the greatest electrical engineer in the world—Thomas Alva Edison”(Coming to America,Tesla Life and Legacy). Being fascinated by Thomas Edison, he went to America in search to work with him due to his success of electrical engineering. Tesla being promised fifty thousand dollars, he went on to improve on Edison’s DC, direct current, motor. His direct current motor was a machine which created voltage going only in one direction; nevertheless, the exact quantity of volts the motor produces is how much is going to be sent through the current, if too much current is sent it will cause an explosion.
By talking about building a powerful “death beam” he was going to invent and use on Thomas Edison. This “death beam” was sought after by the Soviet Union during World War Two. Poor, old and lonely Nikola Tesla died on January 7th, 1943 at the age of 86. In New York City. where he had lived for nearly sixty years.
However, his mind became enthralled with electricity, and he soon began a career with a telephone company as an electrical engineer. It was not long before his mind started to produce designs for machines involving electricity. The first of many was for an induction motor. "While in Strassbourg in 1883, he privately built a prototype of the induction motor and ran it successfully. Unable to interest anyone in Europe in promoting this radical device, Tesla accepted an offer to work for Thomas Edison in New York" (Vujovic).
Nikola Tesla, arguably one of the most renowned inventors in American history, developed the AC current, patented in 1888, to further ease the use of electricity. He sought for a more efficient way to transport energy and spoke out against Thomas Edison’s use of the direct current. Being a worker for him for some time he got to witness Edison’s tactics firsthand when it came to generating power. Starting as early as the 1880’s, people from around the world started contemplating on how to effectively generate and transport energy. With the discovery of electricity provided by Thomas Edison others were trying to elaborate on his ideas.
Faraday built two devices to produce what he called electromagnetic rotation: that is a continuous circular motion from the circular magnetic force around a wire. Ten years later, in 1831, he began his great series of experiments in which he discovered electromagnetic induction. These experiments form the basis of modern electromagnetic technology. In 1831, using his "induction ring", Faraday made one of his greatest discoveries - electromagnetic induction: the "induction" or generation of electricity in a wire by means of the electromagnetic effect of a current in another wire. The induction ring was the first electric transformer.
He was unable to keep a job and wasn’t credited enough for anyone to believe his theorems, yet. He married Mileva Maric in 1902 and they had their first son, Hans Albert, was born (Magill 1035). Things came together for Einstein in 1905. While working as a patent clerk, he wrote five groundbreaking articles that were published in a major scientific newsletter of the time. The first paper, titled, “On A Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light,'; would earn him a Nobel Prize for physics in 1922.