Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla
Today we celebrate Nikola Tesla‘s 157th birthday. On July 10, 1856, Tesla was born to Serbian parents in the village of Smiljan, Austrian Empire. A prolific inventor, Tesla’s groundbreaking discoveries help give birth to the commercialization of electricity. Sadly, despite his notable discoveries, Tesla was not able to achieve financial success during his lifetime. He died a recluse in his room at the New Yorker Hotel on January 7, 1943.
Did you know that Tesla was once close friends with writer Mark Twain? The pair spent much time in his lab together and Tesla once claimed that reading Twain’s works miraculously helped cure him of an illness.
Mark Twain in Tesla’s Lab