Nikola Tesla

Portrait of Tesla
Occupation: inventor, scientist
Best known as: inventor of alternating current

Nationality: Serbian / American
Home: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Born: July 10, 1856, in Smiljan, Austrian Empire (present-day Croatia)
Died: January 7, 1943, New York City, USA

Short biography:
Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest scientists of all time and is known as the "patron saint of modern electricity." He is best known for his contributions to the field of electromagnetism at the turn of the 20th century. Tesla invented alternating current (AC) and successfully waged a fierce rivalry (called the "current war") with Thomas Edison, the inventor of direct current (DC). Additionally, Tesla is credited with inventing the radio and has also contribued to the fields of magnetism, robotics, remote control, radar, computer science, ballistics, nuclear physics, and theoretical physics. His achievements helped to start the Second Industrial Revolution. In addition to his scientific achievements, Tesla was notable for his eccentric personality (see Trivia for more details).

Friends: Mark Twain
Enemies: Thomas Edison

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