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Anniversary of Nikola Tesla's death

by Anonymous on Jan. 07th, 2013

Nikola Tesla c. 1893: The inventor and electrical engineer was born July 10, 1856 and died on January 7, 1943.
Nikola Tesla c. 1893: The inventor and electrical engineer was born July 10, 1856 and died on January 7, 1943.Courtesy Public domain photo by Napoleon Sarony via Wikipedia
Seventy years ago on January 7, 1943, inventor, physicist, and electricity wonder-kind Nikola Tesla died alone in a New York City hotel room. The Serbian-American scientist held more than 700 patents including several that made radio possible, yet he died penniless and deep in debt.

In his prime, Tesla (with investor George Westinghouse) had battled with Tesla's former employer Thomas Edison over the best method of transmitting electrical current. Edison favored direct current and won the battle, but later he admitted Tesla's alternating current was superior. It's been the standard means of transmitting electricity for more than a century (although, this could be changing).

Below are some links to more information about the remarkable Tesla.

Monument to Tesla sought
PBS show on Tesla
1899 interview with Tesla in Pearson's magazine
Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Museum