Tesla – The Unrewarded Genius

Tesla – The Unrewarded Genius

Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in Serbia (modern-day-Croatia). He was an electrical and mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist. Best known for his invention of alternating current, he lived a very hard life with many mysteries surrounding him. He is said to have led an eccentric personal life – he did not sleep for more than 2 hours at a time, was obsessed with pigeons, and was known for his ability to visualize whole inventions. 

Before Tesla had made his inventions and discoveries, Thomas Alva Edison had already invented the light bulb. Edison believed in the concept of direct current, while Tesla knew that it had fewer benefits. So, he invented alternating current, a concept that has almost abolished direct current in today’s world. When Edison realized that Tesla could gain more fame than him, he developed a strong enmity against him. He used his fame and power to prevent Tesla from becoming the greatest discoverers of all time. For every discovery he made, every patent he wanted to do, every job/ project he wanted to go to, Edison prevented the authorities from funding him, and organizations and groups from letting him work. Tesla faced a terrible amount of mental and career torture by Edison. When he died, he had more than 700 patents that Edison did not let him patent under his belt.

Nikola Tesla’s greatest unknown invention was the wireless transmission of electricity. He had successfully completed his idea in 1899 and had done a practical in a field, in which he put unconnected light bulbs and lit all of them without wires, by a common source providing energy to all. This came to be known as the Tesla coil experiment.

Tesla had also made an exceptionally unique weapon, known as Tesla’s “death ray”. It worked on the principle of an electromagnetic particle beam, which could be used to surround the country to prevent invaders ( through planes, seas, and land) from entering another country, in order to prevent wars. This unrewarded genius, who had a lot of potential, was purposely ignored, and it’s about time we acknowledged his genius and relevance to today’s society.

-Shashvat Rastogi 




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