I've run into a common misconception that Nikola Tesla was a Serb living in Croatia when this is not the case. Nikola Tesla's genealogy is mixed: part Croatian and part Serbian. As he indicated in his personal diary which is on display at the Nikola Tesla University in Belgrade, Serbia: "It is dear to me that the Croats hold to me as their own because my roots, my family Draganici are Croatians from Zadar. From the birth of the family name in the 16th century they left Zadar and moved to Lika and settled there. They came to Lika by going over Novo Vinodola. My mother's roots from the family Kalinici are also Croatians from Novog Vinodola. My great-grandfather because of unfortunate circumstances had to leave Lika and went to Bosna Krajina(know as turkish hrvatska at that time) and there he married a Orthodox Christian girl and as well also became a member of the Orthodox religion. My great grandfather had buckteeth and people gave him the nickname Tesla after the tool with that name which is used to carve wood. My grandfather was a highranking official in the Lika Army and my father was an orthodox priest." Tesla is, therefore, a son of both Croatia and Serbia.