Tesla, Nikola

Tesla, Nikola

Tesla, Nikola, 1856-1943, American electrician and inventor, b. Croatia (then an Austrian province). He emigrated to the United States in 1884, worked for a short period for Edison, and became a naturalized American citizen (1891). A pioneer in the field of high-voltage electricity, he made many discoveries and inventions of great value to the development of radio transmission and to the field of electricity. These include a system of arc lighting, the Tesla induction motor and system of alternating-current transmission, the Tesla coil, generators of high-frequency currents, a transformer to increase oscillating currents to high potentials, a system of wireless communication, and a system of transmitting electric power without wires. He produced the first power system at Niagara Falls, N.Y. There is a museum dedicated to his work in Belgrade, Serbia.

See biographies by H. B. Walters (1961), J. J. O'Neill (1968, repr. 1986), I. Hunt and W. W. Draper (1986); J. J. O'Neil (1986), and B. H. Johnston (1989).

Tesla may refer to:

In science

  • Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943), a Serbian-American physicist, inventor, and electrical engineer
  • Tesla (unit) (symbol T), SI derived unit of magnetic flux density (or magnetic inductivity), named after Nikola Tesla
  • TESLA, a proposed Tera-electronvolt Energy Superconducting Linear Accelerator, now merged into the International Linear Collider (ILC) project
  • Tesla Fault, a seismically active geological formation in the Livermore Valley, California, USA
  • 2244 Tesla, an asteroid discovered in 1952 and named for Nikola Tesla

In commerce

  • Tesla (company), a former state-owned electro technical conglomerate in the former Czechoslovakia
  • Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of electric vehicles

In music

  • Tesla (band), an American hard rock music band originating from Sacramento, California

In fiction

  • Tesla (Bleach), a minor character in the anime and manga series Bleach

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