During his lifetime, Tesla invented fluorescent
lighting, the Tesla induction motor, the Tesla
coil, and developed the alternating current (AC) electrical supply
system that included a motor and transformer, and 3-phase electricity.
Tesla is now credited with inventing modern radio as
well; since the Supreme Court overturned Guglielmo
Marconi's patent in 1943 in favor of Nikola Tesla's earlier
patents. When an engineer (Otis Pond) once said to Tesla, "Looks as if
Marconi got the jump on you" regarding Marconi's radio system, Tesla
replied, "Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using
seventeen of my patents."
The Tesla coil, invented in 1891, is still used in radio
and television sets and other electronic equipment.
Nikola Tesla - Mystery Invention
Ten years after patenting a successful method for producing alternating
current, Nikola Tesla claimed the invention of an electrical generator
that would not consume any fuel. This invention has been lost to the
public. Tesla stated about his invention that he had harnessed the
cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device.
In total, Nikola Telsa was granted more than one hundred
patents and invented countless unpatented inventions.
Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse
In 1885, George
Westinghouse, head of the Westinghouse Electric Company, bought the
patent rights to Tesla's system of dynamos, transformers and motors.
Westinghouse used Tesla's alternating current system to light the
World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago.
Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison
Nikola Tesla was Thomas
Edison's rival at the end of the 19th century. In fact, he was more
famous than Edison throughout the 1890's. His invention of polyphase
electric power earned him worldwide fame and fortune. At his zenith he
was an intimate of poets and scientists, industrialists and financiers.
Yet Tesla died destitute, having lost both his fortune and scientific
reputation. During his fall from notoriety to obscurity, Tesla created
a legacy of genuine invention and prophecy that still fascinates today.