Do you know what is the greatest invention of all time? Electricity !! but what could have been the greatest invention of all time? Any guesses… Wireless transmission of electricity. Do you know anything about the Man who dreamt of giving this world an unlimited supply of free energy? Yes, I am talking about this Serbian-American Genius, Nikola Tesla. Tesla was born in 1856 in Smiljan, Croatia. A revolutionary, an artist, crazy scientist, a rebel and one of the greatest minds of all time.
If you couldn’t imagine life without your TV remote, thank Nikola Tesla for making it possible. Tesla invented, predicted or contributed to the development of hundreds of technologies that play big parts in our daily lives — like the remote control, neon and fluorescent lights, wireless transmission, computers, smartphones, laser beams, x-rays, robotics and, of course, alternating current, the basis of our present-day electrical system
All in the family: Innovation runs in Tesla’s blood. Tesla once wrote: “My mother was an inventor of the first order and would, I believe, have achieved great things had she not been so remote from modern life. She invented and constructed all kinds of tools and devices and wove the finest designs from thread which was spun by her.” He credited both his parents’ influence for his success. Ironically, his Father was a priest in a Catholic church in Serbia.
Power of Imagination: Tesla was able to visualize objects, including inventions he was building, in his head, down to the minutest detail. His method of working was pretty unorthodox compared to other inventors, as he rarely created sketches or drawings, relying instead on the power of his own imagination to work out details. Imagination is one of the most powerful tools to create miracles in this world. Unfortunately, our education system still doesn’t focus on this aspect. He had over 300 patents to his name and he credited it largely to his extraordinary power of imagination.
Battle of Currents: During the war of the currents, alternating current (AC) — favored by Tesla — battled for wide acceptance with direct current (DC), favored by Edison. At stake was the basis for the entire nation’s electrical system. Edison launched a campaign against AC, claiming it was dangerous and could kill people; Tesla countered by publicly subjecting himself to 250,000-volt shocks to demonstrate AC’s safety. Ultimately, alternating current won the fight. Tesla`s AC model is still the basis for the modern electrical system.
Wireless Dream: In 1901, Tesla received financial backing from J. Pierpont Morgan to build his Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, Long Island. The facility included the “Tesla Tower,” a 185-foot high structure with a 65-foot copper dome transmitter on the top. Tesla’s vision was to use the tower to transmit signals and free, unlimited wireless electricity all over the world. Thanks to Tesla’s early work, wireless transfer of energy is finally being realized today — from wireless chargers for electric toothbrushes and smartphones, to wireless electric vehicle charging, a technology being researched at the Energy Department’s National Labs
The radio and Communication: In the 1890s Tesla invented electric oscillators, meters, improved lights and the high-voltage transformer known as the Tesla coil. He also experimented with X-rays, gave short-range demonstrations of radio communication two years before Guglielmo Marconi and piloted a radio-controlled boat around a pool in Madison Square Garden. Together, Tesla and Westinghouse lit the 1891 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and partnered with General Electric to install AC generators at Niagara Falls, creating the first modern power station
Lessons Learnt: The man was a genius with almost every technology that we enjoy, credited to him. Yet, he failed in his ambitious project of lighting up this world with wireless electricity and his famous invention: death ray is still a subject of mere fascination.No matter how great you are, there is something you will fail to achieve. He was not a savvy businessman and suffered financially, despite his achievements. He lost financial backing from Morgan, who felt he couldn’t profit from Tesla’s wireless electricity concept and sold his assets to a film company.
“I don’t care that they stole my idea, I care they don’t have any of their own”-Tesla A genius who died in debts but left an indelible mark on humanity. When life gives a million-volt shock, make a miracle out of it. There is no limit to what you can achieve with the power of imagination. Until next time!! Keep dreaming!!