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Happy birthday, Nikola Tesla: Thanks for the electricity

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Sir Nikola Tesla birthday was celebrated at Koramangala BESCOM S4 Division. Executive Engineer Shantha Mallappa ST,  Assistant Executive Engineer Koramangala Sub Division Manoj Kumar and others took part. They all remembered and thanked Tesla’s contribution to electrical system that powers virtually all of the devices we use in our day-to-day lives.
Nikola Tesla was born on 10 July 1856 and died on 7 January 1943 due to poverty.
All you know is Thomas Edison, the famous inventor of the gramophone, and whose name is usually attached to the invention of the light bulb, but Tesla’s name is rarely said.
Many children are familiar with the Tesla coil – used at science demonstrations and lectures to demonstrate what happens when you discharge a high voltage (but low current: it’s current that kills, not voltage) over a small space. Films of Frankenstein often show, somewhat anachronistically, Tesla coils discharging lightning-like bolts like billy-o.
Electric motors, power generation, electricity delivered over great distances, radio and even those sparking towers in the Frankenstein films – a Yugoslav-born electrical engineer is the one to thank.
Back in the late 1880s, sparked a huge fight between Tesla and Edison, in which Edison was a complete jerk to Tesla. Edison did introduce his own system for transmitting electrical currents, known as direct current or DC, but it was highly inefficient. It required there to be a power plant every square mile, which is incredibly impractical. Tesla, on the other hand, developed the system known as alternating current, or AC, that we still use today because it allows us to transmit electricity over vast distances.
Tesla, an ethnic Serb from Smiljan, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, started out his engineering life working for a telephone company in Budapest in 1881, aged 24. He’d already studied physics and maths.
His list of 300 or so patents is a cornucopia of revolutionary ideas. Among his inventions are radio, neon lighting, and cryogenic engineering. His work was also critical to the development of X-ray technology and transistors.
He developed the idea for smartphone technology in 1901 itself.
Tesla may have had a brilliant mind, but he was not as good at reducing his ideas to practice. In the race to develop transatlantic radio, Tesla described to his funder and business partner, J.P Morgan, a new means of instant communication that involved gathering stock quotes and telegram messages, funneling them to his laboratory, where he would encode them and assign them each a new frequency. That frequency would be broadcast to a device that would fit in your hand. In other words, Tesla had envisioned the smart phone and wireless internet.
However his life ended sadly: he spent the last ten years of his life in the two-room suite 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel, having sold his patents and racked up substantial debts. After his death, the New York Supreme court ruled that he – rather than Marconi – invented the radio.

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