Nikola Tesla was the son of a Serbian priest and was born on 10 July, 1856 in the town of Smiljan during the days of the Austrian Empire (now Croatia).
He studied electrical engineering at the Austrian Polytechnic in Graz after which he went on to attend Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague. Tesla had to leave university after completing one term as, sadly, his father passed away early.
In 1880 he accepted to work under Tivadar Puskas at a telegraph company in Budapest. He was then promoted to chief electrician and soon became an engineer for the company. Later on, he went to Paris and became an engineer at the Continental Edison Company.
Tesla was then still unaware of his true potential and the lasting impact he would make on the world one day.
To begin this journey, he moved to the United States and started working for Thomas Edison in New York. However, the two masterminds did not get along well and, as a result, Tesla took a job with George Westinghouse. During his time there, he devised an electrical distribution system that employed alternating current (AC), which is probably his most important contribution to the history of energy.
This technology swiftly became the basis for most modern electrical distribution systems.
Other notable inventions of Tesla include the development of generators and turbine design and the earliest demonstration of fluorescent lighting.
He continued his research and work until the very end of his wondrous life. Even at the age of 81, Tesla claimed to have developed a “dynamic theory of gravity”, but unfortunately, it was never published.
Nikola Tesla passed away on 7 January 1943 due to heart complications. He was 86 years old.
Let us share some of the most profound thoughts of a marvelous man whose life and gifts to the world will never be forgotten:
If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. – Nikola Tesla
I don’t care that they stole my idea … I care that they don’t have any of their own. – Nikola Tesla
Of all things, I liked books best. – Nikola Tesla
If your hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world. – Nikola Tesla
My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration.
We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them.
The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences – Nikola Tesla
What one man calls God, another calls the laws of physics. – Nikola Tesla
It’s not the love you make.
It’s the love you give. – Nikola Tesla
As I review the events of my past life I realize how subtle are the influences that shape our destinies. – Nikola Tesla
I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success…
such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything. – Nikola Teslа
Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. – Nikola Tesla
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. – Nikola Tesla
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. – Nikola Tesla
Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors. – Nikola Tesla
The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention.
It is the most important product of his creative brain. – Nikola Tesla