Famous Serbian scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest minds in human history, died on this day(7 January) in 1943.
His inventions have laid the foundation of scientific and technical development in the 20th century.
He was born as the son of a priest of the Serbian Orthodox Church. He studied electrical engineering, but never finished his studies. Contrary to all the great minds of his time, he insisted on the use of the alternating current instead of the direct. He invented the rotating magnetic field, induction motor, generator and transformer, electromagnetic resonance phenomenon and patented a number of inventions which represent the foundation of the modern electronics and electrical engineering in general. Without his inventions the modern civilization would have a completely different look.
He was also a pioneer of radio technology, wireless telegraphy, radar. He patented over 700 inventions. After he quit his studies in Graz, he spent some time in Budapest and Paris, then moved to the USA, where he remained until his death. In 1960, in honor of Tesla, the General Conference on Weights and Measures for the International System of Units dedicated the term “Tesla” to the SI unit measure for magnetic field strength or magnetic flux density.
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