The Maverick scientist known for his groundbreaking inventions

Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 and was one of the greatest inventors and scientists. His ideas were ahead of their time. It is the reason we are getting electricity in its form today. Tesla is widely known for its exceptional contributions to the design of the modern AC power system. Tesla was born on this day in 1856 in Smiljan, Austria, which is in present-day Croatia. He was the fourth child of an Orthodox Roman Catholic priest.

During his school days he showed the qualities of an intelligent student. He could solve the most difficult questions in mathematics. Tesla loved reading books and spoke eight languages.

After graduating, Tesla worked in many places and devoted his knowledge and expertise to new inventions. He also worked with scientist Thomas Edison, who challenged him to improve the way his generator and engine worked. Edison is said to have promised him several thousand dollars for it. But when Tesla overcame that challenge, Edison broke his promise that forced Tesla to quit his job from there.

Edison thought direct current (DC) was better, which worked at 100 volts but was difficult to convert to other voltages. Tesla believed that alternating current (AC) was better because it could be easily carried from one place to another. Tesla has perfected AC transmission technology. Today, electricity is distributed around the world based on this technology. Tesla built the first hydropower plant based on the Faraday principles.

Tesla was the one who theorized that radio waves could be sent anywhere in the world, which is used today from the Internet to space exploration. He invented the radio coil used to power radios, telephones, cell phones and televisions. The foundation stone for today’s wireless technology was laid by Tesla.

In 1895, Tesla was the first person to build the first hydropower plant at Niagara Falls in Canada. In 1900 he was involved in a very large project. He wanted to create a wireless communication system for the whole world. He also won investors for his project, but once the work started, investors did not believe in his plan. Tesla had to leave the project due to lack of money and was declared bankrupt in 1917.

He died on January 7, 1943, whereupon the US Supreme Court canceled some of the important patents of the Italian inventor Marconi and recognized Tesla’s radio inventions.

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