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Nikola Tesla is a unifying force for peace in the Balkans

Serbia and Croatia join to Honor Nikola Tesla: "The Genius Who Lit the World"

Proclamation of "Nikola Tesla Day" through United Nations will increase the brotherhood and peace in the Balkans and throughout the world.


Satellite Photo of "Earth at Night" - Tesla's Electrical Lights over continents  was published in the National Geographic Magazine, November Issue 2004

Above: Earth at Night, Click to Enlarge

Above: Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) at the age of 38.

Nikola Tesla's birthplace house and his Serbian Orthodox Church in Smiljan, Lika, Croatia are restored

Tesla Memorial Society of New York is grateful to the Croatian government for restoring Nikola Tesla's birth home and his Serbian Orthodox Church in Smiljan, Lika, Croatia where he was baptized.  These following photographs were taken by Prof. Milica Novkovic, Board Member, Tesla Memorial Society, on May 10, 2002.

A reconstruction of Tesla's village, his church and his house and brook, where he use to play as a child, where he came upon his first scientific ideas.  The idea is to transform the village of Smiljan into a shrine of Nikola Tesla, with a museum and theme park.

Above: Tesla's house where he was born in 1856.

Above: Serbian Orthodox Church in Smiljan, Lika, Croatia, where Tesla was baptized.  His father was a Serbian Orthodox Priest in this Church.

Above: The graves of Tesla's parents Djuka Mandic Tesla and his father Rev. Milutin Tesla.  In the photo is Prof. Milica Novkovic, Board Member, Tesla Memorial Society of New York.

Nikola Tesla's Family

Above: Tesla's father Rev. Milutin Tesla, a Serbian Orthodox Priest.  Tesla's mother Duka Mandic, was never photographed.


Above: (from left) Nikola Tesla's sisters: Milka, Angelina and Marica Tesla.

Above (left): Josif Tesla, brother of Nikola's father.  Above (right): Pajo Mandic, brother of Nikola's mother. 

"Military Frontier" of Austro-Hungarian Border against Turkish invasion

At the time of Tesla's birth in 1856, Tesla's birthplace in Smiljan, Lika was a part of the Austro-Hungarian "Military Frontier", as a defense border area against Turkish invasions which tried to invade Western Europe.  It was built at by the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy at the south-east border of the empire which extended thousand of miles from the Adriatic Coast and Lika Region to Voyvodina - the northern part of Serbia.  The "Military Frontier" was inhabited mostly by Serbian populations, Serbs defended the Christian Europe against the Ottoman Turks.  For their bravery in wars against the Turks, the Serbs were given land by the Austrian Empress.  The "Military Frontier" was abolished in 1881.


Text below taken from the International Symposium Nikola Tesla, happening on October 18-20, 2006.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) significantly influenced technological development with his polyphase system inventions. The system is in cornerstone of modern electrical energy production, long-distance transmission, and use of electrical currents. Beside inventing the induction motor, he invented the Tesla coil - a high frequency transformer, which is an essential part of all contemporary high frequency devices. Tesla also pioneered research into other effects produced by his currents, such as the possibility of induction heating, ozone production, and effects on the human organism. His inventions have been crucial to the development of many of today’s technologies including the radio, radar, television, motors of all kinds, and computers. He is also credited with predicting the emerging energy problem as early as 1900. After death of Nikola Tesla in 1943, all his belongings have been inherited by his nephew and transferred to Belgrade where in 1955 the Nikola Tesla Museum has been opened. His ashes are also in the Museum. After his death, the name „Tesla“ was given to the unit of magnetic induction.

The Nikola Tesla Archive in Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro) constitutes a unique collection of over 160,000 pages of the patents documentations, scientific correspondence, scientific papers, manuscripts, technical drawings, scientific measuring data, personal documents, and legal papers as well as over 1,000 original photographs of Tesla’s experiments and inventions, all of which are indispensable to the study of the history of electrification. Nikola Tesla’s Archive in Belgrade joins Memory of the World register.

Above (left): Nikola Tesla's father Milutin, the priest of Serbian Orthodox Church.  (Right) Tesla at age 23.


The Text below was taken from Medgadget.com

Next year, humanity will celebrate the 150th birthday of Nikola Tesla. Medgadget editor Ivor Kovic, a medical student from Rijeka, Croatia reports for the Good Old Days...

Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors of all time, was born on July 9, 1856, in the village of Smiljan, in the province of Lika, Croatia - then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was, and remains to be, a hot topic among Croatians and Serbs, but not always for the right reasons. Discussions about who "owns" Tesla are still present. Maybe you already noticed that some web sites claim he was Serbian, while others say he was Croatian. To offer peace and to silence those restless voices we can quote Tesla himself - "I am equally proud of my Serbian mother and my Croatian homeland". The truth is that the whole mankind has many reasons to be proud of Tesla and his inventions, which forever changed our way of life. It seems that some positive changes are happening after all.

House in which Tesla was born, Smiljan - CroatiaRecently, the Croatian government declared year 2006, in which we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Tesla's birth, to be Nikola Tesla year. They also started with the reconstruction of Tesla's village, the church, his house and the brook he used to play in as a child, where he came upon his first scientific ideas. In the initial phase of the project they will invest $5 million to transform the village of Smiljan into a shrine of Nikola Tesla, with a museum and a theme park.

But, who was this genius who ushered in the age of electrical power? He most definitely adored science and gadgets and was known for his eccentric lifestyle. Some of his phobias included pearl earrings worn by women, never staying in a hotel room or floor whose number was divisible by three, and insisting on a large number of napkins at every meal with which he would meticulously polish his silverware. Tesla had a good number of friends, one of which was Samuel Clemmons, also known as Mark Twain.

He had a vivid imagination and an intuitive way of developing scientific hypotheses. Here is how he explained his creative process:

"Before I put a sketch on paper, the whole idea is worked out mentally. In my mind I change the construction, make improvements, and even operate the device. Without ever having drawn a sketch I can give the measurements of all parts to workmen, and when completed all these parts will fit, just as certainly as though I had made the actual drawings. It is immaterial to me whether I run my machine in my mind or test it in my shop. The inventions I have conceived in this way have always worked. In thirty years there has not been a single exception. My first electric motor, the vacuum wireless light, my turbine engine and many other devices have all been developed in exactly this way."

Tesla completed his elementary education in Croatia and continued his schooling in the Polytechnic School in Graz and finished at the University of Prague. He worked as an electrical engineer in Germany, Hungary and France before emigrating to the United States in 1884.

Arriving in New York City with four cents in his pocket, Tesla found employment with Thomas Edison in New Jersey. Differences in style between the two men soon lead to their separation. In 1885, George Westinghouse, founder of the Westinghouse Electric Company, bought patent rights to Tesla's system of alternating-current. The advantages of alternating-current over Edison's system of direct-current became apparent when Westinghouse successfully used Tesla's system to light the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

Submergible version of Tesla's <br />Tesla established a laboratory in New York City in 1887. His experiments ranged from an exploration of electrical resonance to studies of various lighting systems. To counter fears of alternating-current, Tesla gave exhibitions in his laboratory in which he lighted lamps without wires by allowing electricity to flow through his body.

When Tesla became a United States citizen in 1891, he was at the peak of his creative powers. He developed in rapid succession 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. He also became intrigued with wireless transmission of power. Tesla was at the same time one of the pioneers of radio technology: He discovered the remote control system, lighting system using arcs, and designed high-frequency alternators as the basis of radio station transmission; he generated unsuppressed electromagnetic waves, discovered and patented the radio transmission resonance principle, elaborated his idea of interplanetary communication using ultrashort radio waves, while he also had an idea of how a complex radar system should look like. He postulated the ability to locate objects in the air or in the ground by using radio waves. Today, we call it RADAR, and when used to peer into the human body, the MRI.

Small Tesla coil designed for use by medical profession, 1897.In 1900, Tesla began construction on Long Island of a wireless broadcasting tower. The project was funded with $150,000 capital from financier J. Pierpont Morgan. The project was abandoned when Morgan withdrew his financial support. Tesla's work shifted to turbines and other projects, but his ideas remained on the drawing board due to a lack of funds. Tesla's notebooks are still examined by engineers in search of unexploited ideas.

Tesla eventually died, literally pennyless, on January 7th, 1943. It is rather sad that a man who gave the world so much, received so little for his efforts. History books have been unkind as well. Even today, many texts still credit Marconi with the invention of radio, despite the Supreme Court decision which overruled the Marconi patent, awarding it to Tesla. In many parts of this country, people still refer to the electric utility as the 'Edison Company', even though they use the Tesla-Westinghouse alternating current system, not Edison's direct current. At the Niagra Falls power generating station, a small statue of Tesla is purposely left unilluminated at night. It has been said that Tesla is the Forgotten Father of Technology. Tesla himself once commented:

"... The present is theirs. (skeptics of the day) The future, for which I really worked, is mine."

How true indeed.


Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla

International Belgrade Airport named "Nikola Tesla Airport"

"Nikola Tesla Year 2006" proclaimed by UNESCO and Serbian and Croatian Government

Proposal for "Nikola Tesla Day", July 10th, through the United Nations made by Tesla Memorial Society of New York and Tesla Forum from Australia.

The Archive of the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade, named by UNESCO, "Memory of the World".

Nikola Tesla's Letter to the American Red Cross announcing he had received an extraterrestrial communication (by Prof. James Corum)


Celebrating the 150th birthday of the great scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla.