„I have devoted much of my time during the year to the perfecting of a new small and compact apparatus by which energy in considerable amounts can now be flashed through instellar space to any distance without the slightest dispersion.“
Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia (then part of Austria-Hungary) on July 10, 1856, and died January 7, 1943. He was the electrical engineer who invented the AC (alternating current) induction motor, which made the universal transmission and distribution of electricity possible. Tesla began his studies in physics and mathematics at Graz Polytechnic, and then took philosophy at the University of Prague. He worked as an electrical engineer in Budapest, Hungary, and subsequently in France and Germany.
In 1888 Tesla discovered the rotating magnetic field. George Westinghouse bought the patent rights and made it the basis of the power system still in use today.
Note: A biography on Nikola Tesla by Michael Krause will be published by WILEY-VCH fall 2009.