On this day back in 1943, at the age of 86, Nikola Tesla died.
What an amazing man he was. I wonder if he knew that 75 years later, one of the most sought-after electric cars in the world would carry his name?
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.
He was born and raised in the Austrian Empire where he received an advanced education in engineering and physics in the 1870s and gained practical experience in the early 1880s working in telephony and at Continental Edison in the new electric power industry.
In 1884, he emigrated to the United States where he worked for a short time at the Edison Machine Works in New York City before going out alone.
With the help of partners to finance and market his ideas, Tesla set up laboratories and companies in New York to develop a range of electrical and mechanical devices.
What a great mind he had. Nikola Tesla had an eidetic memory. He read many works, memorizing complete books, and supposedly possessed a photographic memory. He was a polyglot, speaking eight languages: Serbo-Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Latin.
During his early life, he was repeatedly stricken with illness. He suffered a peculiar affliction in which blinding flashes of light would appear before his eyes, often accompanied by visions. Often, the visions were linked to a word or idea he might have come across; at other times they would provide the solution to a particular problem he had encountered. Just by hearing the name of an item, he would be able to envision it in realistic detail.
Tesla would visualize an invention in his mind with extreme precision, including all dimensions, before moving to the construction stage, a technique sometimes known as picture thinking. He typically did not make drawings by hand but worked from memory.
Sadly, on 7 January 1943, at the age of 86, Tesla died alone in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel.
Assistant medical examiner H.W. Wembley examined the body and ruled that the cause of death had been coronary thrombosis.
What a great mind and a great man. I could write pages and pages on him, his story fascinates me so much, but this is just a glimpse into the amazing man that was Nikola Tesla.