World Tesla Day

Posted 2012.07.10 8.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

July 10th is Nicola Tesla’s birthday. Tesla was under-appreciated during his lifetime, and for a long time after he died. Lately he’s getting more press, which is good, but late.

Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943)

You can read some factual stuff about Tesla here, and some fun and factual stuff about Tesla here.

One thing about Tesla that stood out to me in his biography, was that he invented the alternating-current electric motor. That is, a motor which spins around and around in one direction, while powered by A/C electricity, which moves back and forth in both directions. According to his biography, he invented it after overhearing a couple university professors saying that such a thing was simply impossible and could not be done.

Incase you don’t realize how big this is, here’s a very short list of things you plug into an electrical outlet, that exist because Tesla invented his motor: Air Conditioner; Washing Machine; Dryer; Dishwasher; Blender; Food Processor; Electric Pumps; Vacuum Cleaner; Sewing Machine; Power Tools (drills, saws, milling machines, lathes, routers); Elevators; Escalators.

So in other words, basically every modern convenience in our homes and factories, exists thanks to Tesla setting out to proove a couple university professors wrong.

Not only did he invent the A/C electric motor, but from what I have read, Tesla didn’t actually make any money from this invention – he gave it away, because he thought it would benefit mankind.

So next time you turn up the air conditioner, blow-dry  your hair, or mix up a daquiry in the blender, stop a moment and think about the man who made it possible. Despite his brilliance and all his gifts to the modern world, he died broke and alone, unappreciated in his own time.

Thank you Mr. Tesla. Thank you for everything.

I’ll make some sparks and raise a glass.