Nikola Tesla, The Man Who Electrified The World
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), was the discoverer of the alternating current light and power system in use all over the world today. His inventions should have made him a multimillionaire, but he died in relative poverty. He was a true martyr for science and human progress.
In 1884, a poor Serbian immigrant named Nikola Tesla arrived in the United States – at that time the land of the free… Though he was poor in this world’s goods, he was rich in ideas that would eventually light up the United States… and the entire world.
While walking in Budapest Park, Hungary, Nikola Tesla had seen a vision of a functioning alternating current (AC) electric induction motor.
The Edison Company was totally locked into DIRECT CURRENT (DC) and wanted nothing to do with Tesla’s AC current. Tesla actually offered his invention to a German company in Strassburg, Alsace, then a part of Germany.
Here is what happened:
“The Mayor brought together a number of wealthy Strassburgers. To them the new motor was shown in operation, and the new system and its possibilities described, by both Tesla and the Mayor. The demonstration was a success from the technical viewpoint but otherwise a total loss. Not one member of the group showed the slightest interest.
Tesla was dejected. It was beyond his comprehension that the greatest invention in electrical science, with unlimited commercial possibilities, should be rejected so completely.” (O’ Neill, Prodigal Genius, pp. 56-57).
The U.S. manager of the French branch of the Edison Company advised him to seek his fortune in the New World.
On the way to the boat he actually lost all his possessions and he arrived in New York with 4 cents in his pocket. After Sept., 20, 1870 , millions of Roman Catholic immigrants from Europe were pouring into this country, and their only interest in the United States was its vast economic and military potential to restore the lost Papal States to their master in Rome.
Tesla was Greek Orthodox and only interested in the use of electricity to ease the heavy burdens of his fellow human beings.
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