Have you ever heard of Nikola Tesla?
You should have.
Nikola Tesla has invented the technologies on which our modern world is built. Scientists are still discovering what Tesla has predicted, are still studying his theories and research. His work is still, in many ways, future technology.
Nikola Tesla had an amazing mind, he was a scientist, an engineer, an inventor, a mystic and poet. His mind was too great to be fully appreciated by the people of his time. During his lifetime he patented more than 700 inventions. A list, by no means complete, of the inventions which still power our world today.
1. Tesla Coil & auto ignition system
2. AC induction engine (no carbon brushes)
3. Solar powered engines
4. Transmitting Power without Wires (called WiTriciity in 2007)
5. Seeing by Telephone and wirelessly (TV & Radio)
6. A Means of Employing Electricity as a Fertiliser
7. Fluorescent Lighting & neon lights.
8. Specialized lighting and a precursor to the X-ray machine
9. Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft
10. Terrestrial Stationary Waves
13. Valvular Conduit
14. Earthquake Machine
15. Magnifying transmitter
17. Death Rays
18. Thermo-Electric Power
19. X-Ray machine
21. Electrotherapeutics and Biotronics
22. Computing Logic Circuits/Remote Control/Communications
23. Bladeless Turbine
24. Solar Tower
Tesla coil from above
Tesla is also the inventor of the Tesla-Coil, without this device none of our electrical apparatuses would function. And yes, dear readers, that includes our laptops!
So you might still think that it was Marconi who invented the principals of radio-transmission, but in fact Tesla had the first patent. The American patent office later gave the patent to Marconi and Tesla spend many years fighting this decision.
In December 1901. Marconi established wireless communication between Britain and Newfoundland, Canada, earning him the Nobel prize in 1909. But much of Marconi s work was not original. Many theories and parts to build a radio were inventions by other people. The heart of radio transmission is based upon four tuned circuits for transmitting and receiving. It is Tesla’s original concept, demonstrated in his famous lecture at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1893. The four circuits, used in two pairs, atre still a fundamental part of all radio and television equipment.
In 1943, six months after Tesla’s death, the United States Supreme Court recognized Tesla’s more significant contribution as the inventor of radio technology.
Tesla’s letterhead, showing the the antenna of Tesla’s “World’s radio station” which he constructed in Long Island in the vicinity of New York. It testifies his farsightedness and ingenuity. His idea was that this station, build in 1900 should by remote wireless control transmit throughout the world not only the news but music and photographs as well. However, that great plan could not be carried out because when it was realized free unmetered energy would also be made available (the tower would also send out free electricity) to everyone Tesla’s funding was terminated and his tower was destroyed.
Yes friends, think about that. This project was destroyed because everybody would get free energy, and Tesla’s partner JP Morgan wanted money. Metered energy for which you could charge people.
And Tesla never got a Nobel prize.
He should have gotten about ten at least.
Tesla dreamed of free power for everybody, he believed that electrical power could be drawn freely from the potential electricity in the area above the magnetosphere. Actually Nasa has now done this using Tesla’s research.
Our AC electrical power is the result of Tesla winning a huge fight with Edison, who wanted electrical power being delivered by DC. Now DC has a much lower voltage and cannot be send over large distances, (more than 2 miles) like AC can. If Edison had won we would need a power station every two miles, so really the use of Electricity would never have become widespread.
At Niagara Falls, Tesla was the first to successfully harness the mechanical energy of flowing water. Change it to electrical energy, and distribute it to distant homes and industries. His revolutionary model set the standard for hydroelectric power as we know it to day. Since his childhood, Tesla had dreamed of harnessing the power of the great natural wonder. And in late 1893, his dream became a reality, when Westinghouse was awarded the contract to create the powerhouse. It was the most likely power source for Tesla’s wireless powered car….
Think about that…
Tesla was working on X-ray photography at the same time Röntgen was. He send his photographs to Röntgen.
Tesla X-ray photo
The first neon lights ever, a Tesla invention
Tesla in his laboratory in Colorado.
One of Tesla’s best friends, Mark Twain, in his laboratory
A few great photo’s of Tesla coils generating high voltage.
I’ve written this post because my old buddies from my student years have re-instated our internet group, the ”Tesla-Net”. And I thought it was high time I payed my own tribute to this great man, the architect of our time.
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