Few figures in the History of Technology & Science have been as innovative and inscrutable as Nikola Tesla. One of the modern era’s most brilliant minds and eccentric personalities, Tesla defies generalization.
World famous during his lifetime, today he is known mostly among fanboys convinced, not without justification, that he has been maligned by Fate. For proof, look no further than this entry from The Oatmeal. It’s awesomesauce. (Warning: sentence enhancers)
Over the course of his career, Tesla built or conceived many of the modern world’s most important electrical advances including: alternating-current (AC) power transmission and electric motors; high-frequency communications, radio; television; remote radio-control; x-rays, neon and fluorescent lights, wireless transmission, computers, smartphones, laser beams, the first hydroelectric plant; and robotics.
Although he won the “war of the currents” against the leading inventor-entrepreneur of his age, Thomas A. Edison, it was Edison who went on to achieve lasting fame and fortune as the founder of General Electric, Tesla would be left to die in obscurity, deeply in debt though also deeply in love with…a pigeon.
“I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life.”
For those interested in knowing more about Nikola Tesla’s life and work, the PBS documentary Tesla: Master of Lightening (2000) is well worth investigating.
You can view it HERE (at least for the time being).