Nikola Tesla was an inventor/engineer who specialized in mechanical and electrical engineering.
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He helped invent things like the remote control, smartphones, computers, and x-rays.
Nikola is responsible for many of the items people use every day.
He grew up in the Austrian Empire (now Croatia). He lived there for 28 years and worked as an electrician before moving to the U.S. to work for Thomas Edison.
He lived the rest of his life there and during his time he was the first to receive the Edison Medal.
Nikola was not a very good businessman and suffered financially. He had to give up on his dream tower and the U.S. government destroyed his tower because they feared the Germans would use it during WWI.
He built his lab "Tesla Tower", a 185ft tower with an 85ft dome on top. His vision was to transmit free wireless electricity to the world.
He really looked up to his mother who was also an inventor. He credited both his parents' influence for his success.
His father was known to have a talent for making tools and mechanical appliances at home.
Elon Musk named his company and car after Tesla as a way to remember him for his inventions.
To his day the memory of Nikola lives on because of his contribution to the invention of the electric motor.