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Nikola Tesla

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Nikola Tesla

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Born July 10th, 1856 Smiljan, Austria (now Croatia)

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Father: Rev. Milutin Tesla Mother: Duka Mandic Sisters: Milka, Angelina and Marica


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1875 starts technical schooling in Graz, Austria for three years

Quits school and moves to Maribor, Slovenia

Starts Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague in 1880

Fell ill

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Moves to Budapest, Hungary, to work under Tivadar Puskás in a telegraph company

Becomes chief electrician to the company Develops first loud speaker Moves to Paris, France to work for the

Continental Edison Company, helping to resolve problems with their DC dynamos

Goes back to his mothers birthplace after he learns of her death

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6 June 1884 first arrived in the US in New York City

Edison hires Tesla to work for his Edison Machine Works

Offered 1.1 million dollars if he redesigned Edison's inefficient motor and generators

Quits working for Edison and begins to dig ditches

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1886, Tesla forms Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing

Initial financial investors relieve Tesla of his duties at the company

1886 to 1887 works as a common laborer to raise capital for his next project

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1880 constructs alternating current induction motor and the Tesla coil

Begins working with George Westinghouse at Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company's Pittsburgh labs

Experiments with X-rays, mechanical resonance, radio technology, radio controlling of a boat model

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AC current was used to illuminate the exhibition

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Wins the contract to light Niagara Falls with AC electricity

November 16, 1896 first power reaches Buffalo

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1899, Tesla begins research in Colorado Springs, Colorado

conducting wireless telegraphy experiments observed unusual signals that he later

thought may have been evidence of extraterrestrial radio communications

Left January 1900

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Received $150,000 from J. P. Morgan to construct Wardenclyffe

December 12, 1901Marconi developmed a radiotelegraph system

Morgan stopped funding the project

1905 the project was abandoned

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On 11 July 1934 the headline on the front page of the New York Times read, "TESLA, AT 78, BARES NEW 'DEATH BEAM.'"

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Died some time between the evening of 5 January and the morning of 8 January 1943, at the age of 86.

Tesla's funeral took place on 12 January 1943, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan, New York City.

His body was cremated and his ashes taken to Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1957. The urn was placed in the Nikola Tesla Museum.

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