Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in Austo-Hungarian Empire. When Tesla was born the lady said that he would be a “child of darkness” because he was born when there was a violent lightning storm which was considered a bad omen but the mother said he would be a “child of light”.
He studied engineering at university in Austria and got the highest grades. Tesla started to go downhill when he lost his scholarship and became addicted to gambling and he gambled all of his tuition money. Tesla didn’t graduate from the university and didn’t receive his last semester grades because he failed an exam he didn't study for because of gambling.
Tesla started working with Edison at the first electric power plant. Tesla said that he would fix motors and generators and he had fixed all of the problems with them. Edison promised him that if he did he would give him $1 mill. His design that he did was so good that it’s still used today for motors from power tools to the Tesla electric car. When Tesla asked for the money Edison just laughed and told him "you don't understand humor" and gave him a $10 raise.