Nikola Tesla

By. William Ho

Early Life

Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in Smilijan, Croatia. His father was very religious and his mother was a hardworking women. As he was growing up, his child hood was an on and off situation. He wanted to be like his father at first ( he literally immersed himself into his libraries). Soon after seeing his mother working very hard, he put his mind on to science.

Growing up

As Nikola was growing up, he went to Graz University of Technology, intending to be an engineer. But his mother inspired him to be an inventor.


Tesla had an idea. Seeing that Thomas Edison light was to week, he created a poly-phase alternate current to make it stronger. Thomas later saw him as a rival but not bitter enemies. Edison also described him as competition. His theories of a better electrical supply led to the Tesla Coil: an electrical coil name after the inventor himself, he used it to its full extent in the lab for demonstration. This invention uses poly-phase alternating currents to create a transformer with high voltages. Now, it’s primary used for entertainment today. This is his best and famous invention he had ever made. One thing he'd overcome was the lost of his parents death. It got in the way of his work. This made him want to quit science, luckily he didn't.

Events happening

As Tesla work was improving so did his laboratories. Later on when WW1 was on, European stopped funding his labs. And later on WW2 one of his other famous invention, the Wardenclyff Tower, was destroyed.

Legend's end

Nikola Teslad died on January 10, 1943 due to Coronary Thrombosis ( Heart Disease) in Manhattan, New York.
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Nikola received the following awards: Elliott Cresson Medal 1894, IEEE Edison Medal 1916, John Scott Legacy Medal and Premium 1934.

Famous Quote

“It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects.”

What would happen without Tesla

The world wouldn't have generating electricity using the alternative currents(better lights to switch on an off).

Interesting Facts

1. He was not married and did not have kids

2. Nikola is interesting to where he was born. He was born during a lighting storm. His mother said he’d be the child of light. (he made light stronger)

What is he known for?

The genius who lit the world!