Scientists Project

By Mel Coloma 3/13 3rd hour

Nikola Tesla(A-E)

Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljan, Croatia July 10, 1856 his nationality was Serbian-American he later on died in January 7, 1943 in New York City, New York. Nikola Tesla's mother was Djuka Mandic and his father was Milutin Tesla. He went to University of Prague, Realschule, Karlstadt (renamed Johann-Rudolph-Glauber Realschule Karlstadt), The Polytechnic Institute (Graz, Austria).

Professional Life(F-I)

In 1870s Nikola Tesla moved to Budapest and worked at Central Telephone Exchange later on Tesla moved to the United States in 1884 to focus more on electrical works Tesla worked for Thomas Edison in the United States.

Numerical Information

When Nikola Tesla came to America he landed a job at Edison General Electric his weekly salary was $18. Edison offered Tesla $50,000 bonus if he could redesign and significantly improve the current Direct Current electrical motor system Tesla did accomplished the job yet Edison did not give him the bonus claiming that the $50,000 bonus was a joke, but Edison did offer to give Tesla a $10 raise though Tesla refused and quit. Then Tesla was approached by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company and offered a generous deal to license his technology. In 1888 Tesla met with company founder/president George Westinghouse and agreed to license his patents for the sum of $60,000, plus 150 shares of stock and a $2.50 royalty per horsepower generated by his AC motor. He was also given a $2000 a month salary to work for Westinghouse but Tesla's real windfall didn't come from stock, salary or bonuses, it came from those royalties. Then a war happened between Edison’s company and the Westinghouse leading Tesla to tear up his contract by tearing up the contract and relinquishing his royalties, Tesla single-handedly saved the Westinghouse Electric company. In return, Westinghouse paid Tesla a $216,000 lump sum for the right to use his AC patents in perpetuity. In retrospect, Tesla may have been a brilliant inventor but he was a terrible capitalist. In 1907, when he tore up the contract, bankers estimated the value of his patents to be $12 million. When Nikola Tesla came to America he landed a job at Edison General Electric his weekly salary was $18. Edison offered Tesla $50,000 bonus if he could redesign and significantly improve the current Direct Current electrical motor system Tesla did accomplished the job yet Edison did not give him the bonus claiming that the $50,000 bonus was a joke, but Edison did offer to give Tesla a $10 raise though Tesla refused and quit. Then Tesla was approached by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company and offered a generous deal to license his technology. In 1888 Tesla met with company founder/president George Westinghouse and agreed to license his patents for the sum of $60,000, plus 150 shares of stock and a $2.50 royalty per horsepower generated by his AC motor. He was also given a $2000 a month salary to work for Westinghouse but Tesla's real windfall didn't come from stock, salary or bonuses, it came from those royalties. Then a war happened between Edison’s company and the Westinghouse leading Tesla to tear up his contract by tearing up the contract and relinquishing his royalties, Tesla single-handedly saved the Westinghouse Electric company. In return, Westinghouse paid Tesla a $216,000 lump sum for the right to use his AC patents in perpetuity. In retrospect, Tesla may have been a brilliant inventor but he was a terrible capitalist. In 1907, when he tore up the contract, bankers estimated the value of his patents to be $12 million.