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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Nikola Tesla Info.

Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943) (Baptism name: Николай; Nikolaj) was a Serbian-American inventor, physicist, and electrical engineer. Tesla's most famous contribution was the theory of polyphase alternating current electricity, which he used to build the first induction motor, invented in 1882, as well as developing the designs of numerous other electrical machines and related technology. His theory and many of his patents form the basis for the modern electric power system. Tesla is also noted for inventing the Tesla coil and a bladeless turbine (which functions on the principles of fluid viscosity and the boundary layer effect). Tesla's contributions to the modern world are widely regarded as more important and long-lasting than those of his nemesis, one-time employer, Thomas Edison.

The child of light, Tesla, in St. Louis, Missouri, made the first public demonstration of radio communication in 1893. When Tesla was 41 years old, he filed the first basic radio patent (No. US645576). On July 3, 1899, Tesla discovered terrestrial stationary waves within the earth. In 1900, Tesla began planning the Wardenclyffe Tower facility.

Nikola Tesla, in August 1917, first established principals regarding frequency and power level for the first primitive RADAR units in 1934. On Tesla's seventy-fifth birthday in 1931, Time magazine put Tesla on the cover. The cover caption noted his contribution to electrical power generation. When he was eighty-one, Tesla challenged Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, announcing he was working on a dynamic theory of gravity. Tesla's funeral took place on January 12, 1943 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan, New York City.

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