If the first thing that comes to your mind when we speak about Nikola Tesla is the brand created by Elon Musk, we’d like to share some historical facts with you to make you happy and enlighten your day. Tesla was a highly inspirational human who contributed with his ideas and inventions to almost everything we use in our everyday lives, from the remote control to the neon lamp.
Allow us to introduce you to the man behind modern technology and share some details about his fascinating life! Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor who also was an electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist. He is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.
Nikola Tesla, son of the famous Milutin Tesla (you are going to learn why in just a few paragraphs), was born in Croatia in 1856 and passed away in the United States in 1943. In the 86 years he lived he built extraordinary theories and inventions that have lightened up the creativity of many throughout the years.
In this short but insightful blog post, you are going to learn 10 things about Nikola Tesla you probably didn’t know about. Did you know what Nikola’s father did for a living? Or what do Nikola Tesla and Doctor Dolittle have in common?
Be ready to learn more about this unique personality and get inspired!
Nikola Tesla: Living and creating the future
Many things have been said about Nikola Tesla, but in this article we’d like to give you a different perspective. We want you to meet the man behind the inventions, therefore, we gathered together 10 facts about Tesla’s life that can both inspire you and give you some intriguing details about his life and legacy.
In the past, we’ve written about other highly inspirational people, such as René Descartes or Mary Kenneth Keller. Today it is Tesla’s turn.
Be enlightened. Learn more. Share these facts with your kids!
1. He was extremely afraid of germs. Yes, Nikola Tesla was considered a germaphobe and some people assure that he felt compelled to act out rituals of washing and cleaning.
2. Nikola Tesla had a breathtaking memory: He had the power to memorize entire books, and even pictures – all with great detail.
3. This might remind you of Doc Emmet Brown and Marty McFly, and that is perfectly fine! Did you know that Nikola Tesla was born during a lightning storm? Well, now you do!
4. It is claimed that Tesla had very sharp senses. Some people say that he could even hear a pocket watch ticking a few rooms away from his own.
5. Was Nikola Tesla an old version of Dr. Dolittle? Tesla said in one opportunity that he could actually communicate with the pigeons he fed when in New York City. What do you think?
6. Tesla received a recommendation letter from Thomas Edison, even though they had only met in person a couple of times. Nevertheless, Edison realized how good Tesla was when young Nikola stayed up until very late to fix a generator.
7. Even though Tesla died in 1943, many of his inventions are still classified. Can you imagine what kind of things could be discovered in the near future that was already invented many decades ago? If you have some ideas about that, we encourage you to write about them in the comments section, below.
8. Nikola’s father, Milutin, was an Archpriest of the Greek Orthodox Church and reputedly spoke twelve languages. Are you encouraging your kids to do what they love the most even if they are not doing what you do?
9. Tesla was bedridden for 9 months after contracting Cholera. Even though this prevented him from becoming a priest, as his father and himself wanted at some point, it did give him the time to focus on what he loved most: physics and mathematics.
10. Smartphones in the 1930s? Well, almost! In 1926, he predicted the appearance of portable technology and accessible information. He said: “When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do this will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.”
What do you think about these cool facts about Nikola Tesla? If you like one or some of them, let us know about it in the comments section below!
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