July 10, 2015
8 must-see sites in honor of Nikola Tesla’s 159th birthday
Nikola Tesla, who would be 159 years old on Friday, dreamed a century ago of a wireless world in which messages of all kinds would crisscross the globe and connect people.
At one point, this prolific Serbian-American inventor and scientist may have been even more famous than Thomas Edison. He held around 300 patents and is best known as the father of the alternating current power-supply system, which won “the war of the currents” over Edison’s direct current.
Tesla’s work made it possible for high-voltage power to travel long distances safely and cheaply — and that is how power is delivered into our homes today. Despite his brilliance, he died penniless and alone in a hotel room in Manhattan.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in his work, not in small part, perhaps, because of successes of electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203558040/composite TSLA -1.05%
The car maker’s founders, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, have said they chose to name the company after Tesla because “without his vision and brilliance, our car wouldn’t be possible,” according to an old post on the company’s website that has been since removed but it is archived here. Current Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk joined the company soon after and had nothing to do with the name choice.
Following are eight must-see sites in the U.S. for Tesla fans.
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