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Nikola Tesla: A Forgotten Inventor Essay

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The remote control, radio, electric motor, and wireless communications are items we use on a daily basis. But would you believe they were all made by one man during 20TH century. Nikola Tesla, the inventors of these items, is now known by many the true inventor of the electrical age however he was often unnoticed during his lifetime due to his work being way ahead of his time. Nikola once said, “The present is theirs; The future, for which I work, is mine” and can finally be seen today since the innovations of this one man influenced numerous inventions that shaped our word today.
Tesla was born in Smilijan, Croatia on July 10, 1856 to a priest and housewife/inventor. At the start of his ...view middle of the document...

He then went to Germany and France to interest investors in his concept for a Rotating Magnetic Field that used an AC motor, which failed. At 28 Nikola went to the USA, with a letter of introduction from Charles Batchelor, a business associate of Thomas Edison’s, in hope to work for Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison told Tesla that he would pay him 50,000 dollars if he would make improvements on his DC generation plants. After several month of working on improvements, Tesla successfully completed his task. Edison surprised that it was actually done told Tesla, “Tesla, you don’t understand American humor” meaning that Edison was not going to pay Tesla and was only trying to get him away. Tesla immediately stopped working for Edison. After a couple of jobs just enough to keep him alive, Tesla met Mr. A.K. Brown of the Western Union Company. He agreed to invest in Tesla’s Idea for an AC motor.
Shortly after completion, George Westinghouse bought 40 basic U.S. patents from Tesla’s AC electric system and started supplying the nation with the system. Edison soon heard of the competition, and was determined that his DC current to still be a monopoly business. Edison started to tell people that AC currents were not safe, after the first scientist created the electric chair using AC currents. In addition Edison sometimes went as far as killing stray animals by electrifying them on the Ac current, just to prove his false information. On May 1, 1893, the Columbian Exposition was held; a hundred thousand lights illuminated the fairgrounds that were all powered by Tesla’s Alternating current. For the millions of people that attended the fair the choice of the better power generator was clear.
After winning the War of Currents, Tesla went on to work for other projects. The first hydroelectric power plant was built by Tesla in 1895 at Niagara Falls. A couple years later, Tesla created Tesla coils, which uses polyphase alternating currents to create high voltages. Thus causing impressive sparks and electric flame. Tesla coils can be seen in movie like, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and entertainment today. While studying about high frequencies of energy Tesla also created the first neon and fluorescent light, took the first x-ray photographs and he even illuminated a vacuum tube wirelessly, having transmitted energy through air. Tesla also created the first radio in 1897; however the credit was given to Guglielmo Marconi until 1942 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Tesla patents had...

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