The man who invented the modern world
You’d think you’d know his name. Every time you turn on a light, or turn on your radio, his contributions are as far reaching as those as Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, or even his nemesis, Tom Edison.
Known for: (According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla)
Tesla electric car
Tesla's Egg of Columbus
Rotating magnetic field
Particle beam weapon
Terrestrial stationary waves
Yet today who has ever heard of Nikola Tesla.
[release]"Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using seventeen of my patents." - Nikola Tesla[/release]
Aside from his work on electromagnetism and electromechanical engineering, Tesla contributed in varying degrees to the establishment of robotics, remote control, radar, and computer science, and to the expansion of ballistics, nuclear physics, and theoretical physics.
Another of Edison's assistants was Nikola Tesla, to whom Edison promised $50,000 if he succeeded in making improvements to his DC generation plants. Several months later, when Tesla had finished the work and asked to be paid, Edison said, "When you become a full-fledged American you will appreciate an American joke." Tesla immediately resigned. With Tesla's salary of $18 per week, the payment would have amounted to over 53 years' pay and the amount was equal to the initial capital of the company. Tesla resigned when he was refused a raise to $25 per week. (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_...Work_relations)
[release]"All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life." - Nikola Tesla[/release]
Later Tesla was denounced as a crackpot and was removed from the historical record, because he wanted to serve the mankind and didn't want profit.
[release]"Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine." - Nikola Tesla[/release]
YouTube video: (Many of it's copies were removed from YouTube)
He died alone in a hotel room on 7 January 1943. With his last breathe, Tesla gently smiled.
Without Tesla, no computers, mobile phones or public available electricity would exist.