By Remez Sasson
Nikola Tesla the Inventor
Nikola Tesla was great inventor, who developed the induction motor, new types of generators and transformers, a system of alternating current power transmission, fluorescent lights, and a new type of steam turbine.
Nikola Tesla was born on July 9, 1856, in the village of Smiljan, in Croatia, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and in 1891 became a U.S. citizen.
Nikola Tesla was known for his unusual mental abilities. He had a photographic memory and was able to use creative visualization with an unusual and practical intensity. He describes in his autobiography how he was able to visualize a particular apparatus and was then able to actually test run the apparatus, disassemble it and check for proper action and wear.
During the manufacturing phase of his inventions, he would work with all blueprints and specifications in his head. The invention invariably assembled together without redesign and worked perfectly.
It is said that Nikola Tesla slept one to 2 hours a day and worked continuously on his inventions and theories without benefit of ordinary relaxation or vacations. He was able to judge the dimension of an object to a hundredth of an inch and perform difficult computations in his head without benefit of slide rule or mathematical tables.