10 Bizarre Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Nikola Tesla

Tesla was a brilliant but misunderstood eccentric genius who helped a staggering array of important electrical and electronic technologies, like fluorescent lighting and utility-scale AC power. We recently discovered an idea Tesla had for wireless communications in this post at www.pbs.org.

As part of the 95th Anniversary Celebration for Electrical Wholesaling a few years back, the magazine's editors published online articles about some of the Giants of Our Times in the electrical industry. You may have seen our posts on 10 Great Quotes from Thomas Edison, or our first Giants of Our Times post.

We also paid tribute to some of the electrical industry's brilliant inventors. Everyone thinks first of Thomas Edison or George Westinghouse. But we often forget Nikola Tesla. You will remember him after checking out this gallery, the most popular we have ever run on www.ewweb.com.

Tesla was a brilliant but misunderstood eccentric genius who helped a staggering array of important electrical and electronic technologies, like fluorescent lighting and utility-scale AC power. We recently discovered an idea Tesla had for wireless communications in this post at www.pbs.org.

In a PBS interview  W. Bernard Carlson, author of “Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age,” said, "Tesla may have had a brilliant mind, but he was not as good at reducing his ideas to practice. In the race to develop transatlantic radio, Tesla described to his funder and business partner, J.P. Morgan, a new means of instant communication that involved gathering stock quotes and telegram messages, funneling them to his laboratory, where he would encode them and assign them each a new frequency. That frequency would be broadcast to a device that would fit in your hand, he explained. In other words, Tesla had envisioned the smart phone and wireless internet."

Photo credits: Getty Images, Tesla Universe (A great online resource for anything to do with Tesla), Wikimedia Commons and www.teslasciencecenter.org.

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