Nikola Tesla

(1856 - 1943)

Nikola Tesla was born into a Serbian family in what is now Croatia; his father was an Orthodox priest. In 1884 Tesla emigrated to the United States and began working at Thomas Edison’s Machine Works, then headquartered in New York City’s Lower East Side. His Tesla coil, used to produce electricity in wireless radio and medical devices, was patented in 1891, the same year he became a U.S. citizen.

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“His method was inefficient in the extreme,” scoffed Nikola Tesla in 1931 in a New York Times obituary for his former employer and longtime scientific competitor, Thomas Edison. “In view of this, the truly prodigious amount of his actual accomplishments is little short of miracle.”

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