January 7, 1943: Nikola Tesla Passed Away

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

Born in 1856, Nikola Tesla was the inventor of alternating current. Tesla even worked for Edison from 1882 to 1886. He then started the Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing company in where he worked more on AC electricity.

This started the “War of Currents”, which we talked about on January 3rd when Edison electrocuted Topsy, the Elephant.

Tesla was also known for many patents and inventions, including the Tesla coil, Electro-magnetic motor, incandescent electric light, electric railway system and many more. He was known for X-Rays, radio, the remote control and wireless communications.

Learn more about Nikola through Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age book at Amazon

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 7

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  • Frank D

    Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing company was not an AC company, its was a (failed) Arc lighting company, and it had nothing to do with the “War of Currents”. “War of Currents” started when William Stanley Jr. invented an AC transformer for Westinghouse (in 1885), who then began competing head to head with Edison for domestic power delivery, Tesla had nothing to do with it. Tesla showed up with a motor patent in 1888 but that was not developed into a working motor until 1893, after the “War of Currents” was over.

    Also “Edison electrocuting Topsy” is noted by historians to be an uban myth. That was a 1903 Coney Island stunt pulled off by the owners of Luna Park. There was no “War of Currents” in 1903 and Edison had long since left the electric power business.