Snapshot Nikola Tesla Biography

He was an idealist and an idle dreamer. One who spent his time thinking about inventions. He ate little and didn’t indulge in vices. Other than generosity and a glass of wine at dinner. Nikola Tesla wholly dedicated himself to work. 

His work ethic and focus may have come from the example set by his mother. “My mother was an inventor…she invented and constructed all kinds of tools and devices and wove the finest designs from thread which was spun by her. She even planted the seeds, raised the plants and seperated the fibers. She worked indefatigably, from break of day to late at night.” Or maybe the work ethic came from his perspective that “the progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention.” Whatever the reasons, Nikola didn’t marry, had no children. He worked, creating inventions to improve the world. 

Throughout his life, three hundred patents would be granted to Nikola for inventions. More importantly, his work changed the world. After spending his latter years living in poverty in New York City, Nikola passed away on January 7, 1943, at the age of eighty-six.

Nikola Tesla portrait, circa 1890
Nikola Tesla, circa 1890


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Snapshot Nikola Tesla Biography Sources

Tesla, Nikola and Ben Johnston. My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla. 1st Hart Bros. ed. Williston, Vt., Hart Bros, 1982. / “Nikola Tesla.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (photograph)