July 10, 1856: Electrical inventor Nikola Tesla is born in what is now Smiljan, Croatia. After working at Thomas Edison’s company in France, he arrived in the U.S. with just a few cents in his pocket and went on to earn about 300 patents around the world and help develop technologies that formed modern AC electricity. This portrait is from the Kenneth M. Swezey Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) - The Serbian Genius Who Lit the World. Scientist and Inventor. Inventions: a telephone repeater, rotating magnetic field principle, polyphase alternating-current system, induction motor, alternating-current power transmission, Tesla coil transformer, wireless communication, radio, fluorescent lights, and more than 700 other patents.