Nicola Tesla – The Genius and his legacy

I don’t care that they stole my idea..I care that they don’t have any of their own.

— Nicola Tesla

This year (OMG, it was last year already!) we celebrated the 160th Anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla ( 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943). He was an inventor, a futurist, a physicist, a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, a genius. He was born in Smiljan (today Croatia) which was part of the Austrian Empire at the time. He is most well known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity system. He obtained around 300 patents worldwide for his inventions.

He was a “hyper polyglot” as he spoke eight languages fluently (Serbo-Croatian, English, Czech, German, French, Hungarian, Italian and Latin).

The legend says that Tesla was born during an extremely violent lightning storm. The midwife interpreted this sign as a bad omen, stating that the newborn would have become a “child of darkness.” Tesla’s mom replied:  “No. He will be a child of light.” And he did  become the man of light.

Tesla may have had obsessive compulsive behavior and insomnia. He was also obsessed with the number 3, and its multiples; he detested round objects, jewelry, especially pearls. He simply refused to speak to women wearing them.

Tesla had an eidetic or photographic memory which enabled him to memorise complete books just by flipping through the pages.

He was always working for the benefit of all mankind,and his goal was to create free electricity
for the whole world. His legacy is carried forward in our days by Elon Musk who is the co-founder of Tesla Motors. The mission of the company is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport. Tesla’s engineers first designed a powertrain for a sports car built around an AC induction motor, patented in 1888 by Nikola Tesla, who inspired the company’s name. Tesla Roadster was the first model of the brand. One charge makes it possible for the vehicle to cover 250 miles distance! The latest creation of Tesla Motors is the long-awaited electric car for the masses: the Tesla Model 3 ( see pic above ) which has been launched for the public in 2016, and in 2,5 hours approx. 133,000 pre-orders had been placed. Model 3 will be priced starting at US$35,000.

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