As a student, Tesla displayed such remarkable abilities to calculate mathematical problems that teachers accused him of cheating. During his teen years, he fell seriously ill, recovering once his father abandoned his demand that Nikola become a priest and agreed he could attend engineering school instead.
Although an outstanding student, Tesla eventually withdrew from polytechnic school and ended up working for the Continental Edison Company, where he focused on electrical lighting and motors. Wishing to meet Edison himself, Tesla immigrated to the U.S. in 1884, and he later claimed he was offered the sum of $50,000 if he could solve a series of engineering problems Edison's company faced.
Having achieved the feat, Tesla said he was then told that the offer had just been a joke, and he left the company after six months.
Tesla then developed a relationship with two businessmen that led to the founding of Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing. He filed a number of electrical patents, which he assigned to the company. When his partners decided that they wanted to focus strictly on supplying electricity, they took the company's intellectual property and founded another firm, leaving Tesla with nothing.
Tesla reported that he then worked as a ditch digger for $2 a day, tortured by the sense that his great talent and education were going to waste.
In 1887, Tesla met two investors who agreed to back the formation of the Tesla Electric Company. He set up a laboratory in Manhattan, where he developed the alternating current induction motor, which solved a number of technical problems that had bedeviled other designs. When Tesla demonstrated his device at an engineering meeting, the Westinghouse Company made arrangements to license the technology, providing an upfront payment and royalties on each horsepower generated.
The so called War of the Currents was raging in the late 1880s. Thomas Edison promoted direct current, asserting that it was safer than AC. George Westinghouse backed AC, since it could transmit power over long distances. Because the two were undercutting each other's prices, Westinghouse lacked capital. He explained the difficulty and asked Tesla to sell his patents to him for a single lump sum, to which Tesla agreed, forgoing what would have been a vast fortune had he held on to them.
With the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 looming in Chicago, Westinghouse asked Tesla to help supply power; they'd have a huge platform for demonstrating the merits of AC. Tesla helped the fair illuminate more light bulbs than could be found in the entire city of Chicago, and wowed audiences with a variety of wonders, including an electric light that required no wires. Later Tesla also helped Westinghouse win a contract to generate electrical power at Niagara Falls, helping to build the first large scale AC power plant in the world.
Tesla encountered many obstacles. In 1895, his Manhattan laboratory was devastated by a fire, which destroyed his notes and prototypes. At Madison Square Garden in 1898, he demonstrated wireless control of a boat, a stunt that many branded a hoax. Soon after he turned his attention to the wireless transmission of electric power. He believed that his system could not only distribute electricity around the globe but also provide for worldwide wireless communication.
Seeking to test his ideas, Tesla built a laboratory in Colorado Springs. There he once drew so much power that he caused a regional power outage. He also detected signals that he claimed emanated from an extraterrestrial source. In 1901 Tesla persuaded J.P. Morgan to invest in the construction of a tower on Long Island, that he believed would vindicate his plan to electrify the world. Yet Tesla's dream did not materialize, and Morgan soon withdrew funding.
In 1909, Marconi received the Nobel Prize for the development of radio. In 1915, Tesla unsuccessfully sued Marconi, claiming infringement on his patents. That same year, it was rumored that Edison and Tesla would share the Nobel Prize, but it didn't happen. Unsubstantiated speculation suggested their mutual animosity was the cause. However, Tesla did receive numerous honors and awards over his life, including, ironically, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers Edison Medal.
Tesla was a remarkable person. He also claimed that many of his best ideas came to him in a flash, and that he saw detailed pictures of many of his inventions in his mind before he ever set about constructing prototypes. As a result, he didn't initially prepare drawings and plans for many of his devices.
The 6' 2" Tesla cut a dashing figure and was popular with women, though he never married, claiming that his celibacy played an important role in his creativity. Perhaps because of his nearly fatal illness as a teenager, he feared germs and practiced very strict hygiene, likely a barrier to the development of interpersonal relationships. He also exhibited unusual phobias, such as an aversion to pearls, which led him to refuse to speak to any woman wearing them.
Tesla held that his greatest ideas came to him in solitude. Yet he was no hermit, socializing with many of the most famous people of his day at elegant dinner parties he hosted. Mark Twain frequented his laboratory and promoted some of his inventions. Tesla enjoyed a reputation as not only a great engineer and inventor but also a philosopher, poet and connoisseur. On his 75th birthday he received a congratulatory letter from Einstein and was featured on the cover of Time magazine.
In the popular imagination, Tesla played the part of a mad scientist. He claimed that he had developed a motor that ran on cosmic rays, that he was working on a new non Einsteinian physics that would supply a new form of energy, that he had discovered a new technique for photographing thoughts, and that he had developed a new ray, alternately labeled the death ray and the peace ray, with vastly greater military potential than Nobel's munitions.
His money long gone, Tesla spent his later years moving from place to place, leaving behind unpaid bills. Eventually, he settled in at a New York hotel, where his rent was paid by Westinghouse.
Always living alone, he frequented the local park, where he was regularly seen feeding and tending to the pigeons, with which he claimed to share a special affinity. On the morning of January 7, 1943, he was found dead in his room by a hotel maid at age 86.
Today the name Tesla is still very much in circulation. The airport in Belgrade bears his name, as does the world's best known electric car, and the magnetic field strength of MRI scanners is measured in Teslas. Tesla was a real life Prometheus, the mythical Greek titan who raided heaven to bring fire to mankind, yet in punishment was chained to a rock where each day an eagle ate his liver. Tesla scaled great heights to bring lightning down to earth, yet his rare cast of mind and uncommon habits eventually led to his downfall, leaving him nearly penniless and alone.
There was a fierce thunderstorm that raged over the town Smiljan, modern day Croatia on the day Nikola Tesla was born. His family thought it was a bad omen, however it seemed to become the child of the light.
Nikola Teslas was a genius from his early childhood, he invented things and has shown huge potential which alter became true as he changed our planet with his inventions and technology.
He left Croatia at 28 years old on the invitation of Thomas Edison and worked for him until they became rivals and on end sworn enemies.
Tesla loved nature and was a environmentalist. He cared about Earths resources being depleted by humans so much this is one of the reasons he tried to make our civilization fueled by electricity.
He had a photographic memory, this is why he was able to memorize books, experiments, images, visions and facts that helped him in his work.
Tesla mentioned he loved a girl in his younger age, however felt the relationship be an obstacle in his research so chose celibacy.
Tesla claimed his brain was a receiver. My brain is only a receiver, in the universe, there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists.
He loved to walk alone so he could think about his inventions and problem. In time it became an OCD for him.
Tesla has claimed he had visions made of intense flashes of light that explained to him how he would build his inventions.
His greatest invention besides electricity is rotating magnetic field.
He firmly believed in alien species and that we are not alone in universe.
Nikola Tesla never received a Nobel Prize for modernizing the whole of human kind.
He was monitored by American intelligence agencies due to his experiments of his controversial invention called the death beam, that was able to bring down numerous planes from huge distances.
He started to work on experiments with a flying machine in 1910, more correctly an antigravity flying machine.
He was a avid numerologist, he was obsessed by the number three and had to circle around a building for 3 times before entering it. Superstition, belief and a mind for technology obviously go hand in hand.
Albert Einstein worked with Nikola Tesla before his death. They tried to create an invisibility cloak for the USS Eldrige, American warship
According to witnesses, the Philadelphia Experiment went terribly wrong. The ship didn't just disappear from radar, according to reports the USS Eldridge disappeared completely and reappeared with some of the crew embedded into the metal of the ship.
He invented more beyond electricity, in fact over 700 inventions like wireless connection & communication, turbine engines, helicopters, neon lights, torpedoes, X-rays.
He was sleeping only two hours per night plus some short napping if he felt like it.
He died a poor man and a humanitarian and never cared about money in materialist sense, except to fund his experiments.
Many of his original belongings are today in Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia that was opened in 1950's. However some of his work and papers are still classified by the U.S. government.
Smartphones were actually invented by Tesla, at least the idea of smartphones where Tesla described in 1901. to J.P. Morgan his vision of smart communication that we have today.
He hated Pearls, he would send his secretary home if he saw her wearing pearls. He had very distinct sense for style.
It is thought that Tesla in one of his experiments intercepted a sort of intelligent signal from space, today there is a whole theory about it called the Black Knight Satellite.
Apparently, Tesla too was obsessed with time travel. He worked on a time machine and reportedly succeeded, saying:
I could see the past, present, and future all at the same time.
The idea that humans are able to travel in time has captured the imagination of millions around the globe. If we look back at history, we will find numerous texts that can be interpreted as evidence of time travel.
When Albert Einstein published his theory of relativity in 1905, it created a buzz in the scientific community, opening the page for many questions such as:
Is time travel, a possibility?
Looking at the Mahabharata, written in the eighth century BC, King Raivata is described as traveling to the heavens to meet with the creator god Brahma, only to return to Earth hundreds of years in the future.
In Japan, the legend of Urashima Taro describes the tale of a fisherman's visit to the protector god of the sea, Ryujin in an underwater palace for what seemed like only three days. When he returns to his fishing village, he finds that it's been 300 years that he's been gone.
Not long ago, a team of scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia, have simulated how time traveling photons might behave, indicating that at least on a Quantum Leve, the grandfather paradox, which demonstrates how time travel is not possible, can be resolved. Using photons, single particles of light, researchers simulated quantum particles traveling to the past. After studying their behaviors, researchers revealed possible anomalous aspects of modern day physics.
It seems that Nikola Tesla may have worked on time travel before modern science even thought it was possible.
According to reports, in 1895 Tesla made a shocking discovery suggesting that time and space could be influenced by magnetic fields. Allegedly, this idea, that one could alter time and space by magnetic fields, led to a number of experiments that allegedly gave birth to the infamous Philadelphia Experiment, considered mostly a hoax.
It is believed that Tesla worked on the idea of time travel, discovering amazing results along the way. Using magnetic fields, Tesla found that the space time barrier could be altered, and accessed by creating a trojan horse which eventually led to a different time.
It is still unclear whether or not Tesla actually achieved this as there are no documents whatsoever that prove, or for that matter, disprove something like this occurred.
The only thing we do know is that reports state that in 1895, a witness found Tesla at a small coffee shop looking shaken and disturbed. His assistant claimed that Tesla was almost electrocuted by a machine as Tesla was trying to solve the time travel riddle.
After nearly dying, Tesla claimed he had found himself in an entirely different time and space window, where he could see the past, present, and future at the same time while staying within the artificially created magnetic field. Regrettably, there are no documents, which we were able to find, to back up these claims. If Tesla tried to achieve time travel, he surely wasn't the only scientist to try.