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A Shout Out For Tesla.
Writer, Arthur, Venture, Drawing, Philosophy

Not many people actually realize the things that Nikola Tesla has done for us. So I thought I would summarize his life here, for those who wish to know more about the recently dubbed 'Rock Star Scientist'.

When Tesla arrived in New York from Serbia, he had 4 cents to his name. Tesla brought a letter of recommendation to Thomas Edison that read: "My Dear Edison: I know two great men and you are one of them. The other is this young man!" He was offered $50,000 to improve some of Edison's ideas, but when he delivered, Edison claimed that he had only been "joking," and refused to pay him. At the beginning of World War I, Nikola Tesla proposed the use of energy waves to detect German submarines (known today as RADAR). Thomas Edison rejected his idea as ludicrous.

Later, Tesla achieved the "impossible" by demonstrating a working brushless polyphase AC induction motor to a group of wealthy investors – none of whom would invest a penny. In 1886, Tesla persuaded investors to fund the Tesla Electric Light & Manu facturing Company. Tesla invented a revolutionary arc lamp and the company made money. The investors then promptly reaped the profits and fired Tesla, who was forced into manual labor to survive. Tesla also discovered X-ray radiation 3 years before Wilhelm Roentgen was credited for the same discovery.

In 1898, the United States military showed no interest when Tesla demonstrated a remote-controlled boat. Even though Tesla's wireless device was the beginning of the technology that enabled robotics that were initially conceived by Leonardo da Vinci.

In a manner of self sacrifice in order to keep electricity inexpensive to the public, Tesla sold George Westinghouse his own royalties, which were worth $12 million, for just $216,000. If Tesla had kept his royalties, he may have been the first billionaire, sharing financial history with the likes of John D. Rockefeller the worlds first in 1916, Howard Hughes, and Bill Gates who became the first man to reach $100 billion in 1999.

In his latter years, Tesla asserted that he had indeed discovered a limitless power supply from a source that no one else had even suspected, but he never revealed the source. He claimed to have designed a death ray – or "peace ray," as he preferred – that could electrocute an approaching army completely at a distance of 200 miles.

Taken from Wikipedia:

"His records indicate that it was based on a narrow stream of atomic clusters of liquid mercury or tungsten accelerated via high voltage (by means akin to his magnifying transformer). Tesla gave the following description concerning the particle gun's operation:

[The nozzle would] send concentrated beams of particles through the free air, of such tremendous energy that they will bring down a fleet of 10,000 enemy airplanes at a distance of 200 miles from a defending nation's border and will cause armies to drop dead in their tracks.[88]

The weapon could be used against ground based infantry or for antiaircraft purposes.[89] Tesla tried to interest the US War Department in the device.[90] He also offered this invention to European countries.[91] None of the governments purchased a contract to build the device. He was unable to act on his plans."

Tesla adorned the cover of Time Magazine in 1931, and was praised by Albert Einstein as "an eminent pioneer in the realm of high frequency currents..." He was also best friends with Author and Humorist, Mark Twain.

In 1928 he received his last patent, which was a forerunner to the modern day helicopter, which was initially conceived of by Leonardo da Vinci. In his lifetime some have stated that he had applied for 840 patents and received 700. What can be found is that he has 112 US Patents and 34 International Patents. Regardless, he was known as the Father of Radio, Television, Power Transmission, and the Induction Motor.

Eventually, Tesla was awarded the Edison Medal, which was an insult to Tesla, given the verbal abuse that he had taken from Edison throughout his career.

On January 7, 1943: Tesla died penniless and alone in room #3327 of the Hotel New Yorker. Soon after his death, the United States Government (with the help of the FBI) seized all of his research materials and writings, most of which never again reappeared.

In conclusion: He was shortchanged at every turn, but never gave up his vision. Constantly stepped on, he sacrificed himself for the good of the people, and was made a scientific martyr - albeit an unrecognized one. Thomas Edison was a bigoted, self-aggrandizing opportunist with no shame in his repertoire, and was proponent in Tesla's downfall. A fact that is little known, which America wish for you not to know.

That a man of such brilliance could survive and dream so big in a world of apprehension and disbelief, is an inspiration.

“Before I put a sketch on paper, the whole idea is worked out mentally. In my mind I change the construction, make improvements, and even operate the device. Without ever having drawn a sketch I can give the measurements of all parts to workmen, and when completed all these parts will fit, just as certainly as though I had made the actual drawings. It is immaterial to me whether I run my machine in my mind or test it in my shop. The inventions I have conceived in this way have always worked. In thirty years there has not been a single exception. My first electric motor, the vacuum wireless light, my turbine engine and many other devices have all been developed in exactly this way.” - Nikola Tesla.

“Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.” - Nikola Tesla

The world will wait a long time for Nikola Tesla’s equal in 

achievement and imagination.”  E. ARMSTRONG

The Nikola Tesla Award is one of the most distinguished honors presented by the Institute of Electrical Engineers. The award has been given annually since 1976.