Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

  • Newell-Simon Hall
  • Robotics Institute Main Entrance, 4th floor

Born: Village of Smiljan, Lika (Austrian Empire)

While we can't hold our traditional Birthday Gathering in honor of NIKOLA TESLA (1856-1943) at  his Statue on  July 10, we're always happy to note,  that this once unrecognized genius, an American Scientist who revolutionized our world,  is "wonderfully no-longer forgotten."  in lieu of a party, take a hour or two to learn more and even more about Tesla, his work and times.

There are three aspects of Tesla's work which particularly deserve our admiration: The importance of the achievements in themselves, as judged by their practical bearing; the logical clearness and purity of thought, with which the arguments are pursued and new results obtained; the vision and the inspiration, I should almost say the courage, of seeing remote things far ahead and so opening up new avenues to mankind.

                                                                                                                                          — I. C. M. Brentano

                                                                      Appears in Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney, 1981

Nikola Tesla was amongst the greatest discoverers the world has known. Even so, Tesla has been one of the least recognized scientific minds in history. 

  • It was Tesla, not Edison, who discovered the alternating current we use today.
  • It was Tesla, not Marconi, who discovered radio.
  • It was Tesla who discovered fluorescent lighting.
  • It was Tesla who discovered the basics of robotry, computers, and missile science that are the foundation for today‰'s technology.

                                                                                   — Jeffrey L. Sellon, P.E.

Celebrate Tesla wherever you are.  Simply turn on the lights, plug in your computer, or turn up the radio....and give thanks for this imperfect man who gifted us with his perfect scientific mind. Oh yes, and have some cake!

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