Physics and Chemistry

Electricity and Magnetism

Who was Nikola Tesla?

Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) was a leading innovator in the field of electricity. Tesla held over one hundred patents, among which are patents for alternating current and the seminal patents for radio. Tesla’s work for Westinghouse in the late 1880s led to the commercial production of electricity, including the Niagara Falls Power Project in 1895. After a bitter and prolonged public feud, Tesla’s alternating current system was proven superior to Thomas Edison’s direct current system. Tesla was responsible for many other innovations, including the Tesla coil, radio controlled boats, and neon and fluorescent lighting.


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