Electrical Engineering History, Entrepreneur, Innovations

Nikola Tesla, a giant of innovation


In July, 20 1931, Tesla was on the cover of Time magazine, and in 1960, the General Conference on Weights and Measures named the SI unit of magnetic flux density the tesla in his honor, and the namesake of Tesla, the automaker is the genius Nikola Tesla Name “Tesla”. And in 2012, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who was not involved in the founding of the company, donated to a project to turn Tesla’s old lab into a museum.

Tesla filed more than 700 patents for everything from wireless communication to fluorescent lighting. He was one of the pioneers of modern electrical engineering, and is recognized as one of the world’s greatest inventors. His most famous work formed the basis of the modern alternating current (AC) electrical power system.

In June 1884, Tesla emigrated to the United States and began working for Edison.

In 1885, he obtained his first patent in the US;  improved DC generator.

In 1887, Tesla developed an induction motor that ran on alternating current (AC).

In 1888, Westinghouse hired Tesla to be a consultant at the Westinghouse’s labs. .

In 1889, Tesla proved the existence of electromagnetic radiation.

After 1890, Tesla attempted to develop a wireless lighting system.

In 1893, Tesla developed and patented a better way to generate alternating current.

In 1893, Westinghouse Electric branded AC system as the “Tesla Polyphase System”.

In 1893 Tesla was sure he could power to any distance without the use of wires.

From 1892 to 1894, Tesla served as a vice-president of the IEEE.

From the 1890s through 1906, Tesla focus was on  the power wireless transmission.

Starting in 1894, Tesla may have proceeded his own experiments in X-ray imaging.

In 1898, Tesla demonstrated a radio-controlled boat, or the Radio remote control.


Tesla demonstrating wireless lighting by “electrostatic induction” in  1891


Tesla spent his later years “broke” in a hotel room in New York city, where he was found dead in his room by a hotel maid at age 86 on the morning of Jan. 7, 1943.

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