Who is Nikola Tesla?

Interest in Nikola Tesla surged after the sudden rise in fame of Tesla Motors and their extremely popular electric cars. But exactly who is Nikola Tesla? Here are the most important facts you have to know:

1. He was born in 1856 in what was then known as the Austrian Empire. The place where he was born is in modern day Croatia, but ethnically Tesla was a Serb. Later on he became a Serbian-American. He arrived in New York when he was 28 years old.

2. He is now considered the true father of the modern electric age. He had 300 patents to his name and his research included a wide range of scientific topics

3. He was famous for his “feud” with Thomas Edison, as they promoted different forms of electricity. Edison was the champion for DC or direct current, while Tesla pioneered the alternating current with his ally George Westinghouse.

4. Tesla actually worked for Edison’s Manhattan lab when he came to the US. He was highly recommended, as he had studied math and physics at the Technical University of Graz. For good measure, he also studied philosophy at the University of Prague.  Read more “Who is Nikola Tesla?”