Biographical Information


Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 of Serbian nationality in an area called Smiljan, which was part of the original Austrian Empire. As a young student, at age 19, he studied at the Austrian polytechnic school in the city of Graz. Later he enrolled into the Charles Ferdinand University in Prague. He did not complete this degree program, but did receive honorary doctoral degrees in engineering and physics later in life. It has been quoted by many, that he had a unique ability to visualize three dimensional images in his head. When working on projects, he would rarely write down his plans or scale drawings, instead he would memorize, calculate and construct images formed in his mind. In 1880 he moved to Budapest where he worked for a telegraph company. During this time, he became acquainted with twin turbines and helped developed electrical devices that provided more amplification for the telephone.


In the spring of 1884, Tesla, with funds provided by Uncles Petar and Pajo, packed his gear and caught the next boat for America. His trip didn't start too smoothly because his ticket, money and some of his luggage were stolen. To make matters worse, a mutiny broke out on the ship and Tesla was nearly thrown overboard. Through his strong resolve, Tesla was not deterred. He arrived in New York a few weeks later with four cents in his pocket, a few poems and remnants of his belongings.



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The "Tesla Collection" is the most comprehensive compilation of newspaper and periodical material ever assembled by or about Nikola Tesla. The Collection begins on August 14, 1886 and continues through December 11, 1920. Comprising approximately 1,700 separate items totaling more than 4,200 pages, the Collection is drawn from both American and British publications and is reproduced directly from the original English Language material.

Seen together "The Tesla Collection" not only sheds new light on the early days of electricity, and the development and widespread acceptance by the public and scientific community of Alternating Current, but also provides a one-of-a-kind look into the early days of X-Ray, Wireless, Remote Control, Robotics and the efforts and experiments made by Tesla into the development and delivery of wireless Electricity.

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Chronological OUTLINE of Tesla's Life

An Article about Tesla in 1892 from Popular Science Magazine


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ARTIST, Ni­er Desmond  creates a colorful new look at legendary Nikola Tesla in her upcoming

coloring book " Man of Tomorrow ".

As the title suggests, Tesla was far ahead of his time, his ( AC ) alternating current system literally powered the rise of civilization in the 20th century! Without Nikola we would be in the dark without a radio to listen to- no AC/DC. ‑is extraordinary genius contributed vastly to our modern age with his ideas, experiments and inventions, yet has remained virtually unknown until only recently.

Tesla died quietly and alone in room #3327 on the 33rd floor of the Hotel New Yorker in New York City. The coroner would later estimate the time of death at 22:30 EST. Tesla was 86 years old.

January 7th, 1943

Tesla had placed a "do not disturb" sign on his door on January 5th, 1943. Ignoring the sign, maid Alice Monaghan entered the room to find Tesla dead in his bed. Assistant Medical Examiner H. W. Wembly was called to the scene and after examination of the body, gave his opinion that the cause of death had been coronary thrombosis and that there had been no suspicious circumstances. Tesla's body was taken to the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home at Madison Ave. and 81st St. A sculptor was commissioned by Hugo Gernsback, a long-time friend and supporter of Tesla, to create a death mask which is now displayed in the Nikola Tesla Museum.


" There is no conflict between the ideal of religion and the ideal of science, but science is opposed to theological dogmas because science is founded on fact. To me, the universe is simply a great machine which never came into being and never will end. The human being is no exception to the natural order. Man, like the universe, is a machine. Nothing enters our minds or determines our actions which is not directly or indirectly a response to stimuli beating upon our sense organs from without. Owing to the similarity of our construction and the sameness of our environment, we respond in like manner to similar stimuli, and from the concordance of our reactions, understanding is born. In the course of ages, mechanisms of infinite complexity are developed, but what we call "soul" or "spirit," is nothing more than the sum of the function's of the body. When this functioning ceases, the "soul" or the "spirit" ceases likewise ".

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