Nikola Tesla was welcomed into this
world on July 9th, 1856, in Smiljan, Croatia. His father became a conventional
priest and pushed him toward the church, but Nikola uninterested in religion
was fascinated in mechanics, mathematics and physics. As a child, Nikola loved
to read and retained knowledge extremely well. He also learned numerous foreign
tongues. This enabled him to read far more than what was written in his native
Serbo-Croatian (teslauniverse). He got his parent approval to study
engineering in a training college in Graz, Austria. In early schooling Nikola
loved mathematics and one of which he was grand in. when he was given a problem
to solve he didn’t need a blackboard or sheet of paper. He truly was a genius.
When tesla was in late high school
early college his studding was so intensive that his health quickly diminished.
His father feared that engineering, which required many years of intense study
and to which young Nikola aspired, would further jeopardize his son’s wellbeing (teslauniverse). Nikola was
interested in poetry and literature and was also versed in various languages.
He began studying at Charles University in Prague in 1879. But when his father
died his schooling was cut short. His intellect in electricity landed him his 1st
job at a telegraph office of Hungary then to the telephone company in Budapest,
and in 1882 to the Continental Edison Company in Paris.
While in Budapest, Tesla had an idea, a
rotating electromagnetic field that made and AC (Alternating Current) electric
motor. Having no confidence in his idea he left for America in 1884 with a
letter of introduction to Thomas Edison. The letter was from Charles bachelor
he was an associate and a good friend of Edison. Bachelor was impressed with
tesla and urged him to go work with or for Edison. Edison had no interest in
alternative current motors but gave him a job designing dc motors.
Tesla left in 1884 because of an argument
following Tesla’s pay and with some help formed his own company to make street
lights. But while the lamps where in production he was forced out of his
company. Poverty followed and for a while tesla dug diches for pay until 1887
he made Tesla electric a company with some support of executives of the western
union telegraph company.
He got a lab to explore his ideas for
AC motors. From 1887 to 1891 he patented a few inventions of his and in 1888 he
sold his patens for an ac motor to George Westinghouse. Tesla’s inventions had
a massive impact on cities with motive power for electric railways. After he
perfected his idea for the AC motor he went to work on arc lamps to reduce the
hum they gave off and he found the higher the frequency the less he heard of
it, which led to the development of the Tesla coil transformer.
One of Tesla’s greatest inventions
though was the development of the first hydroelectric generator. He also
experimented with radiotelegraphy and in 1898 patented a radio-controlled ship.
Living alone in a NY hotel room, Tesla was an introvert and would prefer the
company of pidgins to people. In his later years tesla became a total recluse
and an extreme eccentric. Tesla died in January 7th, 1943. Over 2000
people came to his funeral in a new York cathedral.
But by far tesla’s biggest achievement was the
hydroelectric plants made in waterfalls and rivers. The hydropower plants get
energy from falling water to generate electricity. The falling water goes
through a motor and transfers the kinetic energy of the falling water into
electricity providing a clean and reliable source of electricity. The amount of
electricity the power plant generates is dependent on two factors, the speed at
which the water flows through the dam and the amount of water flows through the
turbines. To find out the power one dam produces is equivalent to power = (Height of dam) x (River flow rate)
x (Efficiency) / 11.8 (wvic). With this
invention now we have served many people with clean renewable energy.
The thing that surprised me the most
is that he died a broke humanitarian. He did what he did for the betterment of
mankind, to help people have a better life. He didn’t seem interested in money
or fame. Although the downside to this is that he never seemed to have enough
money for the things he needed to do. Tesla had famous friends like Mark Twain
and Sarah Bernhard but he struggled financially. Edison and Westinghouse were
much more successful businessmen, which partly explains the strength of their
legacies. (nationalgeographic) Tesla was also an
environmentalist he was very concerned about the fact that we were and still
are using up earth’s resources too quickly and wanted us to start using
renewable non fossil fuels.
I would not have wanted to be tesla,
it seems that he almost worked himself to death a few times and made almost no
money off of it. He almost died from malaria twice and that only brings you pain.
He lived in the 1800s so not a lot of technology was around and I love
technology. He had to study for hours on end and studding is not fun at all. So
to be honest I would not like to be Nicola tesla he made no money for his hard
work, got a deadly disease twice and died alone.