Nikola Tesla: A Man from Future
Now we may have heard the term Tesla so many times in our textbooks, novels in magazines related to automobiles, Tesla motors etc. Did you know that there was a world-famous inventor by the same name. He was a genius inventing the very ac supply system at a time. Where light bulbs were just a new invention. Yes, you guessed it right I am talking about the man from future, Nikola Tesla.
Nikola Tesla was born on 10th of July 1856 in the village Smiljan, Lika county. His family consisted of his dad Milutin Tesla who was a priest, mother Đuka Tesla was a talented female who had a gift to make home crafting tools and mechanical appliances and also had a very sharp memory as she could memorize Serbian epic poems in no time. Her sharp memory was inherited by Nikola and he credited her for that for passing it down to him. Other than his parents Nikola had three sisters and a brother who died in a horse riding incident when Nikola was five.
“The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”
Nikola was a genius when it came to studies just a straight down path to victory. He finished his primary school and middle school when he moved from his hometown to Gospić, Lika. In 1870 he moved to Karlovac to attend high school at the Higher Real Gymnasium. Which was on the Austrian-Hungarian Military frontier. There was also a time were Nikola was forcefully asked to join the Austro-Hungarian Army in Smiljan as a conscription was placed at that time. Tesla avoided it by running away and he became a physically and mentally strong person after exploring nature and reading books. In 1873 when cholera took hold of him Nikola’s father promised to send him to the best engineering college as Tesla had encountered multiple near-death experiences during that time.
Finally, Tesla got enrolled to Austrian Polytechnic in 1875 on the basis of a Military Frontier scholarship but he never really graduated due to certain circumstances. He did try his best to enroll at the Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague but he was too late. He attended lectures as an auditor for the same but did not get any grades for that.
In his early years, Tesla worked at the telephone exchange company in Budapest under Tivadar Puskás. The post of chief electrician was allocated to him. He was known for his remarkable work in improvising all the equipment. Then again in 1882, Tivadar Puskás got Tesla a job at The Paris branch of the Edison company. He was assigned the job to install the lighting system around the whole city. The management took notice of his refined knowledge in engineering and physics. And gave him a new job to improve and design the generating dynamos and motors. He was also sent to France and Germany. To check for engineering problems for the other utilities built for Edison’s company.
Tesla’s electric light called the arc lighting system was one of the very first inventions by Tesla. A company by the name Tesla electric light and manufacturing was established to manufacture the product. Which gained prominence very soon. Later the company was closed as the investors lost interest in his new ideas. They started their very own utility company and Tesla was left out. He had to work as a ditch digger and do various electrical repair jobs for $2 every day. He would describe that time of 1886 as
“My high education in various branches of science, mechanics and literature seemed to me like a mockery”
The AC powered Induction motor was the very first of his inventions with the new company Tesla had started in 1887. With the help of a Western Union superintendent Alfred S. Brown, and New York attorney Charles F. Peck. The same year Tesla made the very first AC powered induction motor. Which would take over the market as it was one of its kind at the time it was released. A patent was also filed for the same in May 1888. Tesla is also the man of electric age as he was the one who made the alternating current system. Which powers many houses today.
Throughout his working days, Tesla had set up many laboratories. Like the one in Manhattan, New York and Colorado Springs and the infamous Wardenclyffe tower which he had to sell later on.
Tesla had a lot of interest in wireless communication or wireless transmission of electricity the man was obsessed with it. Wireless communication was the sole reason for which the Wardenclyffe tower was built by Tesla. Since investors started turning against Tesla he had to close the project and sell the property to cover his debts. Marconi may have been the first man to transmit radio transmission but it was Tesla’s ideas that he used to do the same.
Did you know that Tesla was actually the inventor of RADAR but he never got the credit for it when he tried to approach the US Navy during WWI for his idea could help the navy it was rejected as Thomas Edison was the head of R & D at the time. Edison and Tesla had their issues as Edison was the man supporting his DC current system and Tesla supporting his AC supply system. The credit was never given to Tesla for inventing RADAR but to a man named Robert A Watson-Watt in 1935. 18 years after Tesla initially came up with the idea.
Hydroelectricity was a very less known term during the time of Tesla but many ideas and theories were put upon the use of hydroelectricity. In 1893 Edward Dean Adams of the cataract construction company took tesla’s advice on which type of system should be used for the power generated at the power station. Tesla was the man. Who knew for a fact that hydroelectricity was a possible source of power. When the term was not known to anyone.
Tesla was the first person to know that X-rays were dangerous and shouldn’t be used on living subjects. The wireless transmission of electrical energy was actually discovered by Nikola Tesla. He also made a working model for the same but was afraid that his patents might get stolen. No thank to what happened with the wireless transmission matter with Marconi.
Tesla is also known famously for the invention of the remote control. Yes, the same ones that you use today for your TV’s, ACs and various other equipment. In total Tesla had over 300 patents to which only 278 are known today. Others are kept hidden from the public by the government.
“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
Tesla was an absolute geek who was dedicated towards his work and he also got success for the same in due time. Many of his patents were stolen by others but he still kept quiet because his patents were still his ideas that were taking form in others hand. Edison was also a reason why Tesla had to face many difficulties during his career. The man was definitely from future as the very inventions and theories he put up became reality after his death. Tesla was a noble and kind person the one everyone should be in today’s age. Thanks to him many houses are shining bright with lights. Thank you, Nikola Tesla, for everything you’ve done for this world.