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Nikola Tesla

10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943

Tesla, aged 34, circa 1890. Photo by Napoleon Sarony

A personal acquaintance of Swami Vivekananda who made the first concerted effort to introduce the Holy Science of Yoga to the West, Nikola Tesla was a Serbian born inventor who moved to the USA. He is best remembered as electrical and mechanical engineer, a futurist who designed of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. He also developed X-ray imaging and wireless communication.

In 1882, Nikola Tesla got a job in Paris with the Continental Edison Company installing direct current incandescent lighting. He gained a great deal of practical experience in electrical engineering and improved system designs before moving to the USA.

His main interests were in the development of alternating current (AC) that we use today for the transmission of hight voltage electricity and a complementary wireless lighting system based on near-field inductive and capacitive coupling. Some think that he was re-inventing ancient technology as used by previous civilisations and evidence the Egyptian pyramids as electricity generators and the gold capped temple columns as receivers.

Around the world he is often regarded as the genius who's inventions were stolen and his best invention, free electricity for the entire planet crushed.

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