Nikola Tesla. Genius.

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Have you ever heard of Nikola Tesla?

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I hadn’t, and I was totally amazed when I discovered him.

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Some people are remembered for one thing only, not for a lifetime of such creative invention.

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Nikola Tesla was not only outstanding intellectually but also in his physical presence.

He was a tall man of commanding mien.

He spent a large part of his life in America mixing with the rich and famous of his day, drawing his friends and acquaintances from the heights of fine society such as the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers.

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Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

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His story began in Croatia in 1856 and ended in America in 1943.

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He was born on the stroke of midnight an 9th July in Smiljan.

His father Milutin was an Orthodox priest and his mother was Djuka, from a family of priests, who was said to have invented some household appliances.

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Tesla had great powers of imagination and memory from an early age.

Later on, he would say that he developed his inventions inside his mind.

He was intuitive, and  could see his ideas in 3D, therefore being able to examine complex machinery he developed in his mind.

He could innovate and make changes until the invention was complete, saying that he did not need to have a physical model to build and test because he could run the prototype model in his head instead.

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He later attended the University Of Prague.

Early interests were in mathematics and physics but Tesla soon found himself fascinated by electricity.

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While working in Budapest for a telephone company he suddenly had an idea flash into his mind which was the principle of the induction motor.

In 1883, working privately, he built a prototype of this motor and it worked well.

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Because of a lack of interest in his work he accepted an offer of work with Thomas Edison in New York, arriving there in 1884 with a few cents in his pocket.

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Edison and Tesla had disagreements and conflicting ideas so they parted company in 1885.

This was because Edison had invested in direct current powerhouses along the Atlantic coast seaboard.

His lamps were weak and the direct current system needed power stations to be built every three miles.

Tesla invented, believed and proved the better efficiency of his alternating current which changes direction 50 or 60 times per second and can be taken to very high voltage levels.

This meant very little power loss over vast distances.

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Tesla held 40 basic patents for his polyphase alternating system which he sold to the Westinghouse Company in 1885.

This system now lights the world.

In 1893 Westinghouse used Tesla’s system to light up the Chicago world Fair.’

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By 1887 Tesla had a laboratory in New York where he worked upon his inventions.

He was very interested in electrical resonance.

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There was one time in his New York lab when he created an earthquake in his neighbourhood.

He had attached a small vibrator to an iron column in the room and when he started it vibrating it caused different objects to begin shaking in different parts of the lab as he changed the frequency.

Unfortunately the column went all the way down into the building’s foundations and the resulting tremors were being felt all over Manhattan.

Just as the walls and floor began to move in his lab and he stopped using the vibrator, he saw the police burst into the room.

Local people had been milling in the streets in horror when an earthquake had started breaking windows and making buildings sway.

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There is a tale that he offered to let his good friend Mark Twain, the writer, try out a vibrating plate in the lab.

When Tesla told him to get off the plate he refused because he was having such fun enjoying the sensation.

Suddenly, Twain had to dash from the room because he suddenly found out that one of the less enjoyable effects was that it caused diarrhoea.

Tesla had neglected to tell him about that.

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He was a lifelong bachelor and said to be totally chaste throughout his lifetime.

At the height of his fame women found him totally uninterested in anything but his work, which led to various rumours about his disinterest being caused by him being a homosexual.

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He was in the habit of giving dinner parties for the great and the good, this being followed up with demonstrations in his lab showing his control over the power of electricity.

He would stand, tall and commanding, dressed in elegant evening clothes and white gloves, with electric current running through his body, and then he would light up unwired lamps himself.

There were also reports of glowing balls of energy moving around him

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He became an American citizen in 1891, and developed the Tesla Coil that same year.

He also developed the induction Motor, plus new types of generators and transformers, fluorescent lights and steam turbines.

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In 1896 he designed and built X-Ray tubes, afterwards publishing X-Ray pictures of a man, in the Electrical Review magazine.

When Roentgen announced his discovery of X-Rays, Tesla did not bother to proclaim his own prior invention.

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In 1896 Tesla patented the basic system of radio waves, which were later used by Marconi.

Tesla actually built a device to receive radio waves which established his priority in discovering radio too.

In 1943 the United States Supreme Court found Marconi’s patent to be invalid, recognising Tesla’s invention of radio technology.

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He became was also very interested in the wireless transmission of power.

In 1899 he discovered terrestrial stationary waves, thus proving that the earth could be used as a conductor of electrical vibrations.

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A financier called J.P. Morgan decided to back Tesler’s research with 150,000 dollars of funding, thus allowing him to begin building a wireless broadcasting tower on Long Island.

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The tower had foundations that were 100 feet deep and it reached 187 feet in height.

The structure being topped with a copper dome.

Things went well until Tesla told Morgan that he wanted to broadcast endless energy all over the world.

Morgan then pulled the funding as his intention was only to made even more money not to provide free electricity for everyone, saying ‘energy for the world, where would we put the meter!’

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Tesla was forced to begin work in other areas after that, as he was never rich in his own right.

Other men such as Steinmetz, Edison and Marconi used his discoveries to become wealthy public figures, but Tesla was a creative genius and not a wise businessman.

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Like many geniuses, he did have strange rituals, fears and obsessions.

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He was reputed to sleep for only two hours per night.

He was also very afraid of germs and would not shake hands with other people.

The touch of other people’s hair was abhorrent to him and he hated to see women wearing pearl earrings.

Round objects were also said to be repulsive to him

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His classic obsessive/compulsive tendencies may well have been the reason for his lifelong celibacy, as close intimacy would possibly have been an unbearable thought for him.

In his heyday he lived in a suite of rooms at the Waldorf/Astoria Hotel, therefore needing to do nothing for himself.

He dined alone each night, at the same table in the Palm Room.

He had set rituals for the staff there to follow, when attending to his needs.

Before each meal he would clean all of the china and cutlery on the table, using spotless linen napkins.

He would calculate the cubic capacity of each vessel, and by extension, the volume of food set before him.

He also needed to be provided with exactly 18 napkins and would he apparently would not eat alone with women.

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Because of his acute hypersensitivity to sound he was caused much distress.

He could hear watches ticking in far away rooms, could sense thunderstorms many miles away and felt and suffered pressure in caves, tunnels and under bridges.

As he was plagued by city vibrations from passing cars, trucks and trains, the legs of his table in the Palm Room and at home were sheathed in rubber.

Even sunlight pressed down on him and his vision was distorted by flashes of light and auras that no one else could see.

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He needed to compulsively count his steps, organising his world in multiples of nine.

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He lived in  hotels for his time in America.

From 1917 his fortunes went into a decline and he could no longer afford to enjoy the high life in a top class hotel.

He was reduced to the fate of living in cheap boarding houses from which he would frequently be evicted for secretly keeping pigeons in his rented room

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He managed to earn a living by writing, one article describing how he invented a ‘Death Ray’.

The vague description sounded like a particle accelerator of some kind..

The Tunguska Incident, http://www.qsl.net/w5www/tunguska.html for which no cause was ever decided on, was even said by some to be caused by his ‘Tower’ experiments after discovering the terrestrial stationary waves in 1899.

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He sadly earned a reputation as a crank and in his autobiography he said that he believed himself to be an alien avatar who was born to earth parents.

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He died in 1943 in relative poverty at The Hotel New Yorker, where he lived for the last ten years of his life in Room 3327.

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After his death all of his papers and notebooks were immediately removed by federal agents and kept by them., his papers having been transported away in a boxcar.

There were said to be two FBI men and a nurse present at his death, and when relatives arrived they found his safe drilled and all of his papers gone.

All of this information is still secret and from 1943 his scientific notebooks, research papers and experimental jottings were kept by The Alien Property Custodian, a very questionable action as he had been an American national for years.

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Apparently, when the American Government uncovered Nazi documents in the ‘Paperclip’ intelligence operation, it showed that the scientists in Germany had been developing new weapons based upon Tesla’s principles and inventions.

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After the war Tesla’s papers were officially classified as Top Secret and taken to a facility at Los Alamos.

Seemingly, eight years later,Tesla’s nephew succeeded in gaining release of 150.000 documents.

He used these to set up the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade.

He surely cannot have been such a crank then, as his work is so secret.

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His funeral was attended by about 2.000 people including Eleanor Roosevelt and Vice President Wallace.

At the time of his death he held 700+ patents.

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All requests under the Freedom Of Information Act are still refused!
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