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Nikola Tesla has been referred to as ‘the man who invented the 20th century, ’ and he is well known for being one of the most innovative inventors to have ever lived. Tesla rarely receives the credit that he deserves and people tend to be fairly hazy on the details when it comes to explaining exactly what his contribution to the modern world actually was. In order to clear up the matter, here is a run-down of the most impressive feats of Nikola Tesla.
One of Tesla’s most groundbreaking inventions was one of his earliest attempts. In 1888, Tesla created the AC polyphaser system which allowed generators to transport electricity hundreds of miles. Until that point, electricity could only be transmitted a distance of approximately one mile. While Tesla initially offered the technology to Thomas Edison it was eventually purchased by George Westinghouse. In today’s world practically every electrical power station in the world utilizes Tesla’s extraordinary nineteenth-century innovation and engineers have found very little which can improve upon his original design.
A decade later, Tesla invented and displayed a remote control torpedo boat at the Electrical Show in Madison Square Garden. This invention, which Tesla referred to as a teleautomation, contained all the components that would later be used to transmit sound waves via radios. In 1899, Tesla realized the potential of this invention and began to experiment with sending impulses all over the world using radio waves. While a rival inventor called Marconi first created and patented the wireless radio, Tesla was the first person to come up with the theoretical groundwork behind the idea. Indeed, in 1943 the US Supreme Court ruled that Marconi’s patents were invalid due to the fact that Tesla had come up with the original idea and planned exactly how the technology would work. This means that Tesla is effectively the officially recognized inventor of the radio.
As though these achievements were not enough, Tesla also came up with the idea of using energy waves to detect German submarines during the First World War. The foundation he laid in creating this technology now forms part of the RADAR system which is still used by the world’s military powers to this day.
Even after his death, Tesla was still managing to make contributions to the world around him. Scientists who combed through his work posthumously found that he was working on inventions including the “bladeless disk turbine engine” which is one of the most effective motors to have ever been designed. These scientists also found that he was also working on the first modern superconductor.
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