July 10, 1856 (Smiljan, Croatia) – January 7, 1943 (NY, NY)
“When wireless is perfectly applied, the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one anther instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles, and the instruments through which we shall be able to do all of this, will fit in our vest pockets.” ~Nikola Tesla, 1926
Nikola Tesla was a man before his time. It’s stunning that he could see the future so
clearly 100 years ago. Eli Musk will keep Tesla’s name alive for many decades to come.
It must have been incredibly difficult for Tesla to be so far out front like this, and have the public scoff at his brilliance, as well as his inventions, and to not be able to convince investors to buy into his extraordinary vision.
It was in the 1890’s that Tesla began experimenting with “wireless lighting and worldwide wireless electric power distribution in his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs. In 1893, he made pronouncements on the possibility of wireless communication with his devices.”
According to author Richard Gunderman, Chancelor’s Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University (Nikola Tesla: The extraordinary life of a modern Prometheus), Tesla achieved the following:
- Spoke 8 languages
- Produced the first motor that ran on AC current
- Developed the technology groundwork for wireless communication
- Had approximately 300 patents
- Claimed to have developed a “superweapon” that would end all war