Nikola Tesla- NYSSPE Engineer of the Week

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

NYSSPE’s Engineer of the week is Nikola Tesla, a Serbian American inventor, mechanical and electrical engineer, a physicist, and a futurist. Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in Smiljan, Austrian Empire (modern-day Croatia). After moving to the United States in 1884, he worked for Thomas Edison in telephony and electrical engineering. George Westinghouse also hired Tesla for a short period of time and helped him patent his AC induction motor. 

Tesla had many achievements during his life and was also involved in projects using alternating current, high voltage, and high-frequency power experiments. Like many other scientists, not all of Tesla’s experiments were successful. He was however, still recognized for his impressive accomplishments and was later called an archetypal “mad scientist” by many.

In Tesla’s later years, he was able to fund many of his own projects in wireless lighting and electricity distribution from the considerable amount of money that his patents brought in. He passed away at the age of 86 on January 7, 1943 but in an effort to honor his life, the General Conference on Weights and Measures named the SI unit of magnetic flux density the tesla in 1960. To this day, this measurement is often referred to.

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