Who is Nikola Tesla?
Nikola Tesla is one of the giants of human intellect and the man whose research marked the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Tesla’s personality and scientific mind have become legendary thanks to his capacity to ingeniously solve most complex technical problems. His projects were more of an R&D character and, from a commercial point of view, often risky. Being obviously far ahead of his time and not skilled in making his projects commercially successful, Tesla was at the same time uncomprehended by potential investors and admired by intellectuals.
He has an electric car company and a rock band named after him. Legendary rock musician David Bowie even played the eccentric scientist in the 2006 movie “The Prestige.”
With his visionary ideas, daring and risky research projects, Nikola Tesla has given an immeasurable contribution to the development of a number of technical disciplines. He had hundreds of patents registered in his name – yet he never won a Nobel Prize for his lifelong work with electricity. The inventions and discoveries he made over his lifetime are the basis for much of our modern lifestyle.
Did you know?
The tesla (symbol T) is the SI derived unit of magnetic flux density, commonly denoted as B. One tesla is equal to one weber per square metre:
T = Wb/m2
It was named in 1960 in honour of Nikola Tesla.
Never got married and never received the Nobel Prize.