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Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943) was one of the great
geniuses of the early electrical age. His invention of the alternating
current motor set the stage for the power and lighting systems now used
every day around the world. Educated in Austria, Nikola Tesla emigrated
to New York in 1884, where he found work with Thomas Edison. Edison
worked with direct current, but Tesla favored a system he called
alternating current, and soon enough the two inventors clashed and
became rivals. Tesla went to work for George Westinghouse, and
alternating current ultimately became the most widely-used system of
public power. Tesla patented over 700 inventions, making major
contributions to the fields like radio, remote control, and public
lighting. The Tesla Coil, a gadget which projects lightning-like bolts
and sparks in spectacular fashion, remains a popular feature in science
museums around the world. His well-known phobias and eccentricities
(including an increasing fear of germs) were winked at without scorn,
thanks to his successes. Always better at science than finance, Nikola
Tesla spent his last years in seclusion at the New Yorker hotel in
Manhattan, and is now regarded as an underappreciated genius. (via
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