A portrait of Tesla in 1904.

Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943) was a Serbian inventor, who lived in America for most of his life, pioneering many modern inventions before anyone else. He is most commonly known as the inventor of Alternating Current (AC), though he is responsible for many other inventions and discoveries. He is said to have developed ways to create energy "from the Aether", and to transmit energy wirelessly through the atmosphere, but these plans were scrapped because J.P. Morgan refused to fund them.



Tesla died January 7, 1943 in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel, in Manhattan, New York. The FBI were reported to have collected his documents. However, no one could locate the Edison Medal that Tesla was awarded, which apparently, he kept in his room with him, in his safe.

Tesla's funeral was at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City, January 12, 1943. A state funeral was held at the Cathedral of Saint John, the Divine, in New York City. 2,000 people paid respect to Tesla. The Pallbearers was Noble Prize winners. Telegrams of condolence were received by many notables including the first lady, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Vice-President Wallace. The Eulogy was given by Mayor La Guardia of New York City over radio.[1]

Tesla's Legacy

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In his home country of Serbia, Tesla is regarded as something of a national hero. In 2006, in honor of what would have been his 150th birthday, the airport in Belgrade was renamed Nikola Tesla Airport. Also, Tesla, along with the equation for the unit of measure known as the tesla is currently on the Serbian 100 Dinara note. There was also a 20 dinara coin marking the 150th anniversary of Tesla's birth minted in 2006.

The repository for all of Tesla's writings, the Nikola Tesla Museum, founded on December 5, 1952, is also in Belgrade, Serbia. It is in this museum where a large number of Tesla's important documents and personal effects are, including a golden globe containing his ashes (though, currently, the public is not allowed to see it). There are also several statues and plaques throughout the city of Belgrade noting the accomplishments of Tesla.


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