10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the Tesla coil and alternating current machinery is, without a doubt, a genius man. Today, we’ve here compiled a list of some interesting facts about him that you probably never knew.  W. Bernard Carlson, author of “Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age,” and Marc Seifer, author of “Wizard: Life and Times of Nicola Tesla” have shared this information about Nikola Tesla in an interview.

The Lightstorm During Birth

Tesla was born around midnight, between July 9 and July 10, 1856, during a fierce lightning storm. Half way through the birth, the midwife proclaimed that the lightning is a bad omen and the child will be the child of darkness. But Tesla’s mum insisted that he’ll be a child of light, quite rightly so!

The Sense Of Humour

Not many people know that Tesla had a terrific sense of humour! So, you see, he was a funny man with witty answers! Not all scientists are geeks, you know!

The Rivalry With Edison

Tesla’s rivalry with Edison is misrepresented, according to his closed ones. He worked for Edison before he quit his job to pursue his own career. And while Edison was working on direct current, Tesla’s inclination was towards alternating current, so both of them are on the opposite side of current wars!

The Smartphone Technology

It is lesser known fact that Tesla actually envisioned the smartphone technology in 1901. “He was the first to be thinking about the information revolution in the sense of delivering information for each individual user,” Carlson said.

The X-Rays

He also conceived of but never developed technology for radar, X-rays, a particle beam “death ray” and radio astronomy.

The One With Mark Twain

Now this one is a funny story! Tesla had a high frequency oscillator, also touted as the earthquake machine by many. The legend surrounding it is that this earthquake machine nearly brought down the neighbourhood during experiments. But it is not true, as Carlson explained!t didn’t bring the block to ruins, Carlson said, but it did “shake the poop out of Mark Twain.” Twain was known for having digestive problems, so Tesla, who knew Twain through their gentlemen’s club, invited him over. He instructed Twain to stand on the platform while he flipped on the oscillator. After about 90 seconds, Twain jumped off the platform and ran for the facilities.

The Famous Friends

Not many people know that he was close friends with conservationist John Muir. Also among his other friends were famous financiers Henry Clay Frick and Thomas Fortune Ryan.

The Hate For Pearls

Tesla just could not stand the sight of pearls to the extent that he refused to speak to women wearing them.

White pearls luxury necklace on black background
** Note: Shallow depth of field

The Photographic Memory

Tesla had what’s known as a photographic memory. He was known to memorise books and images and stockpile visions for inventions in his head.

A Fear Of Germs

He had an extreme fear of germs. He was also known for having excessive hygiene habits, born out of a near-fatal bout of cholera as a teenager.
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