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Some Personal Recollections

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June 5th, 1915
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An Autobiographical Sketch I am glad to be accorded this opportunity for two reasons. In the first place I have long since desired to express my great appreciation of the Scientific American and to acknowledge my indebtedness for the timely and useful information which its columns are pouring out in a steady stream. It is a publication remarkable for the high quality of special articles as well as for the accurate review of technical advances. The knowledge it conveys is always reliable and rendered still more valuable through the scrupulous observance of literary courtesy in the quotation of... continue reading »

Inventors of Radio - Nikola Tesla

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April, 1963
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Nikola Tesla was an extremely visionary person — even bordering on the neurotic — who had the uncanny habit of making most of his visions come true. This is attested to by the more than 900 patents to his credit, many of which were fundamental. His other visions were mostly ahead of his time. Like others who have accomplished things, he preferred his workshop to society.

Nikola Tesla, Electrical Genius; 'Father' of Radio Hated It

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January 8th, 1943
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Nikola Tesla, 86, the electrical genius who discovered the fundamental principle of modern radio, was found dead in his room at the Hotel New Yorker, Manhattan, last night. Tesla never married. He had always lived alone, and the hotel management did not believe he had any near-relatives. Despite his more than 700 inventions, he was not wealthy. He cared little for money, and so long as he could experiment was happy. Thought Radio a Nuisance He was the first to conceive an effective method of utilizing alternating current, and in 1888 patented the induction motor, which converted electrical... continue reading »

Tesla, 78, Has Beam to Destroy Armies, Planes, at 200 Miles

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July 11th, 1934
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As a gift to the world on his 78th birthday, Dr. Nikola Tesla, pioneer in the field of electricity, pulled out of his scientific grab bag a death ray capable of destroying an army at 200 miles or 10,000 planes at 250 miles. He has perfected a method and apparatus, Dr. Tesla said in an interview yesterday at the Hotel New Yorker, which will send concentrated beams of particles through the free air of sufficient intensity to cause whole armies to drop dead in their tracks. Dr. Tesla said he considered this the most important of the 700 inventions to his credit. The ray; he said, would consist... continue reading »

Tesla's Fixtures in Sheriff's Sale

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March 10th, 1906
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Famous Inventor's Paraphernalia to be Sold to Satisfy a Judgment for $928. The sale of a quantity of personal property belonging to Nicola Tesla, the famous electric inventor, to satisfy an execution issued out of the county court in favor of C. J. Duffner, for $928.75 and costs, was scheduled to be held yesterday but was postponed by consent until 10 o'clock on the morning of March 22. The property held by the sheriff consists of 27 cases of goods and 10 coils of copper wire, all of which was levied upon in Tesla's experimental station on Nob hill.

What of the Future in Electricity?

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March 17th, 1912
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Dr. Nikola Tesla Looks Forward to the Era When One Titanic Electrical Wireless Station Shall Supply Power for the World — Tells of Other Developments That We Have Good Reason to Expect. “What did the year 1911 contribute to the electrical progress of the world?” “What does the year 1912 promise in the same direction?” These questions, asked of Dr. Nikola Tesla, brought forth the following response: “While there has been no fundamental discovery announced during the year just past, progress has been steady and continuous. Almost insensibly great changes have been brought about in various... continue reading »

Springs' Tesla Remembered

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February 10th, 1979
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Who was this madman who sent lightning bolts up to the sky and blew the electric company's generator, plunging Colorado Springs into darkness? He was Nikola Tesla, and the year was 1899. Tesla and other soldiers of the industrial revolution will be honored Sunday, when the National Inventor's Hall of Fame celebrates Inventors Day. Tesla was inducted into the hall in 1975 alongside Wilbur and Orville Wright, Guglielmo Marconi and Samuel Morse. The select group also includes such visionaries as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Cyrus McCormick, Enrico Fermi and Louis Pasteur. Back at the... continue reading »

The Man Who Invented AC

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November, 1976
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164-166 & 168-170
Tesla, the greatest pioneer of them all! Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), the inventor whose discoveries completely changed the cadence of human progress, spent his entire life under the influence of an irresistible impulse for crossing frontiers and delving into the unknown. A young immigrant from Yugoslavia stirred the world of electrical engineering when, in 1888, he presented a paper, “A New System of Alternate Current Motors and Transformers,” before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (N.Y.). His discovery of the rotating magnetic field and its application to the generation,... continue reading »

Nikola Tesla.

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January 8th, 1943
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As an inventor Nikola Tesla had the unusual experience of living for half a century after some of his most important discoveries and developments were announced to the world. He was thus able to see the application, improvement and consequences of a number of basic electrical inventions. Tesla's motor and his system of alternating current power transmission were devised in 1888; three years later he brought out a transformer, and by 1896 was experimenting with wireless. He shared with numerous other inventors, however, the more common experience of advancing some of his scientific ideas long... continue reading »

Tesla, Electrical Genius, Dead

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January 8th, 1943
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New York, Jan. 8. (U.P.) — Nikola Tesla, 86, the electrical genius who discovered the fundamental principle of modern radio, was found dead in his hotel room last night. He died in bed sometime yesterday. The maid who cleaned his room daily found the body. Gaunt in his best years, he had lately been wasting away. Tesla was never married. He had always lived along, and the hotel management did not believe he had any near relatives. Despite his more than 700 inventions, he was not wealthy. He cared little for money, and so long as he could experiment was happy. Much of the time, he did not even... continue reading »

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