Nikola Tesla

Elon Musk decided to borrow the name Tesla to bring luck to his company. This choice is not insignificant and shows the respect he has for this talented inventor who had been able to evolve in the methods of energy conversion.

We present you everything you need to know about Nikola Tesla without claiming to establish a Biography.

Nikola Tesla

His Life

Nikola Tesla was born on 10 July 1856 in Croatia (formerly Smiljan, Empire of Austria).

He arrived in the United States in 1884 and worked on numerous patents with Thomas Edison before working on his own projects.

His passion for invetions comes from his mother, Djuka Mandic, who invented small cameras to make life at home easier while Nikola Tesla was growing up.

Tesla died in New York City on January 7, 1943 at the age of 87.

The Character

He decided to work with Thomas Edison, also a very important figure, but it didn’t work out because he wasn’t business-oriented enough like Edison was.

Tesla never wanted to commercialize its discoveries and was in great financial difficulty because of this state of mind.

His character has inspired many artists and appears in science fiction novels: The prestige of Christopher Priest, playing a mad scientist who discovered teleportation.

He also appears in Superman where he plays his first enemy who uses a death ray.

His Achievements

The Tesla coil was developed in 1891 and initiated the production of generators, motors and transformers.


The AC electric model we know today.

Tesla holds 40 patents in the United States that were acquired by George Westinghouse (An American Engineer and Businessman).

In 1893, at the World Columbian Conference, Tesla demonstrated the first hydroelectric plant.

In 1895, Tesla validated its system by installing this facility in Niagara Falls, a feat that earned it worldwide recognition.

In the 1900s Tesla worked on a project for a global communications system associated with a network of towers but was unable to complete it due to financial difficulties. His prototype was destroyed in 1917 following the sale of the land.

It has helped to advance the following projects: Dynamos, radar technology, X-rays and alternating current.