Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljan, Croatia July 10th, 1856. Nikola’s father was Milutin Tesla who was a Serbian Orthodox Priest. His mother was Djouka Mandic who was an inventor who made household appliances. He had one brother, whose name was Dane, and three sisters: Angelina, Milka, and Marica. As a child Tesla wanted to become an engineer. However his father wanted him to him to go into the clerical profession and the army was equally determined that he should perform military service (Cheney & Uth). As a child Tesla would sometimes experience visions of scenes, people, and things so realistic that he was unsure of whether or not what he was seeing was real or imaginary. His father had a substantial library in which Tesla immersed himself in once he learned how to read. His dad was afraid that young Tesla would ruin his eyes so he took away the candles used for nighttime reading. In turn Tesla would make his own candles from scrap pieces of wax and placed rags underneath his door to prevent light from leaking out.
When Tesla entered school at the age of 5 he did outstandingly well. One year after he entered school his family moved to the nearby city of Gospic. There he attended public school for four years. Afterwards he attended the Real Gymnasium at C...
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