Nikola Tesla

- September 25, 2012

In this collection of EDN content, we celebrate Nikola Tesla, one of history’s most under appreciated and under acknowledged engineers.

Credit for his work is often gray and debated, sometimes due to unscrupulous competitors and sometimes due to timing. But Tesla is well known within engineering circles, often remembered for his work on AC (alternating current) and his “War of Currents” feud with Thomas Edison.

He accrued about 300 patents in his lifetime yet died penniless and in debt.

Tesla’s work was considered so important that, immediately after his death, many of his papers and notebooks were impounded by the United States government and declared “top secret.”

In this collection of content, we remember Tesla, honor what he envisioned and invented, and the impact he made and continues to make on engineering.

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Nikola Tesla is born, July 10, 1856

  • 07.10.2017

On this day in tech history, engineer Nikola Tesla, one of history’s most famous inventors, was born. Read More...

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Tesla gives 1st public demonstration of radio, March 1, 1893

  • 03.01.2017

On this day in tech history, Nikola Tesla gave the first public demonstration of radio in his presentation, "On Light and Other High Frequency Phenomena." Read More...

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Was Tesla for real, or not?

  • 09.03.2015

A new book about Nikola Tesla attempts to cast doubt that the mythical engineer's inventions weren't all that original. Instead, history is written by those who patent inventions.Read More...

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Nikola Tesla and Wireless Power future

  • 09.29.2014

Wireless power transfer, especially for battery charging, is a growing and dynamic market trend in portable electronics and also Electric Vehicles in the near future. Nikola Tesla first ushered in the concept and demonstrated his theory in the late 1800s. Read More...

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Nikola Tesla, the Russians and Witricity: Wireless power transmission revived

  • 06.28.2014

On July 10, 2014, it will be Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday celebration celebrated at the Shoreham-Wading River High School auditorium----close to the site where his Wardenclyffe laboratory still stands today on Long Island, NY. Read More...

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Tesla Wardenclyffe laboratory purchased for museum

  • 05.05.2013

Just a few miles from where I live on Long Island, NY, Nikola Tesla’s laboratory still stands and instead of a real estate developer tearing the lab down and building condos, we now have the hope of having a museum to fuel the minds of the new generation of potential engineers and scientists.Read More...

10 things you may not know about Tesla

  • 03.15.2013

Nikola Tesla stood out not only for his brilliance but also for some of his personal traits and beliefs that were sometimes odd. Take a look at 10 details that were at play in Tesla’s life and, in whatever part, accompanied his intelligence and made him the man he was. Read More...

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Has Thomas Edison ultimately won the DC vs AC power transmission controversy against Tesla?

  • 01.03.2013

How ironic it is that the ABB HVDC Light underwater cable link between Connecticut and Long Island, NY is connected to Shoreham, NY---just a stone’s throw away from Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, NY and also the failed Shoreham nuclear power plant!Read More...

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War of currents: Tesla vs Edison

  • 10.12.2012

A look at how Tesla and Westinghouse's polyphase alternating current system electricity battled Edison's direct current.Read More...

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Tesla museum is a go!

  • 10.11.2012

Plans to build a museum honoring Tesla and his work are moving ahead.Read More...

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