Nikola Tesla was an inventor and engineer who garnered over 300 patents in his lifetime. His most famous work, however, was the development of alternating current which laid the foundation for futuristic technologies. Here are a few interesting piece of trivia from the life of this famous scientist.
A lightning storm was raging when Tesla was born and apparently the midwife deemed it to be a bad omen and said “This child will be a child of darkness.” Hearing this, his mother replied, “No. He will be a child of light.”
Tesla was a man of wit and humor and he would indulge in funny correspondences with friends. For instance, he penned this letter to an acquaintance after dining with friend Rudyard Kipling.
April 1, 1901
My dear Mrs. Johnson,
What is the matter with inkspiller Kipling? He actually dared to invite me to dine in an obscure hotel where I would be sure to get hair and cockroaches in the soup.
Tesla was an inventor who realized the importance of renewable resources and even conducted research on how to utilize energy from earth and air. He was also a humanist who is described by Jane Alcorn as someone who “did what he did for the sake of the betterment of mankind and wanted to give people an opportunity to have a better quality of life. Thus, he never seemed to care about monetary gain and never had enough money for his research.”
Here are a few inspirational quotes by the famous scientist Nikola Tesla.