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Tesla's Achievements and Recognitions (Part 1)

Above: Nikola Tesla, with Roger Boskovich's book "Theoria Philosophiae Naturalis", in front of the spiral coil of his high-frequency transformer at East Houston St., New York




Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893

The World Columbian Exposition was the World's Fair commemorating 400 years since Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World.  Located on Lake Michigan to facilitate access by sea, road and rail.  It was a gathering of ideas, men and technologies from every quarter of the globe, with each country contributing its best of their industrial, cultural, commercial and educational enterprises.  The Renaissance style of the exposition buildings was unsurpassed by its architecture beauty.  The Exposition itself was a work of art.  The Exposition was a brilliant spectacle of science, art and industry.  All the world has its pilgrimage to Columbian Exposition in 1893.  Westinghouse became dedicated to promoting the polyphase alternating current system and felt that his best chance to introduce it to the public at large would be at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  The exposition was the greatest event in America and in the world at that time.  Ever the ingenious promoter Westinghouse outbid Edison for the contract to power the expositions lighting and electrical systems.  Over Two Hundred thousand electric light bulbs were illuminated by Tesla's polyphase alternating current system.  The Westinghouse display was a historic collection of machines, all powered with Tesla/Westinghouse alternating current.  It was a spectacular display of lights and energy, which illuminated the exposition.  For full page please go to: http://www.teslasociety.com/columbia_expo2.htm

Above: Administration Building, East Front.

Above:  Entrance into the Machinery Building at the Exposition

Above: Westinghouse Engine in the Machinery Hall Exhibit

Above: The Tesla/Westinghouse display at Electricity Hall.
Tesla Polyphase Alternating Current Sign on Display, Westinghouse Exhibition.

Above: Celebration of Chicago Day at the Administration Plaza.


Nikola Tesla's Alternating Current Electricity is driving our civilization to progress - Nikola Tesla is the genius who lit 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



Niagara Falls, New York, the First Hydroelectric Power Plant in the World - Tesla's Greatest Achievement

Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse built the first hydro-electric power plant in Niagara Falls and started the electrification of the world.  Adam's Power Station (Power House No. 3), the only remains of the old Niagara Falls Power Plant, may become a science museum.  This museum would be devoted to Niagara Falls Power Plant, the first hydro-electric power plant in the world, this location is a great turning stone in the history of electricity.  Adam's Station is registered as a National Landmark Historical Site.  About eight million tourists a year visit the American side of Niagara Falls.  About 20 million tourists a year visit the Canadian side.  Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful places in the world, where the electrification of the world started.  Niagara Falls are the final victory of Tesla's Polyphase Alternating Current (AC) Electricity, which is today lighting the entire globe. 

For Full page go to : http://www.teslasociety.com/adams.htm and http://www.teslasociety.com/teslawestinghouse

"The evolution of electric power from the discovery of Faraday in 1831 to the initial great installation of the Tesla polyphase system in 1896 is undoubtedly the most tremendous event in all engineering history"

-Dr. Charles F. Scott, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Yale University and former President of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers


Above: Tesla Monument at Niagara Falls (Canadian side), Queen Victoria Park, unveiled on July 9, 2006.  Tesla is standing atop an AC motor, one of the 700 inventions he patented. The monument was the work of Canadian sculptor Les Dryzdale.

Above: Les Drysdale, the famous Tesla monument sculptor with Dr. Ljubo Vujovic at the unveiling ceremony.

Above: Tesla Monument at Goat Island, Niagara Falls, New York.  Gift of Yugoslavia to the United States, 1976. 
Nikola Tesla designed the first hydro-electric power plant in Niagara Falls.  This was the final victory of Tesla's Alternating Current over Edison's Direct Current.  The monument was the work of Croatian sculptor Frane Krsinic. 

Above: Niagara Falls.  Goat Island is located between the two waterfalls (American and Canadian).  Tesla's other Monument (above) is located on Goat Island, this monument was the gift of Yugoslavia to the United States, 1976. The monument on Goat Island was the work of famous Croatian sculptor Krsinic.   

Above: Niagara Falls. 

Above: Niagara Falls, New York - the first great hydroelectric power plant in the world, 1895.

Above: Nikola Tesla participated with his patents in the construction of the first big generators for polyphase currents as testified by the plate from one of the generators of the Niagara Plant (1895) which lists 13 of Tesla's patents, all used in the construction of Niagara Falls Power Plant.

Above: Dr. Ljubo Vujovic, Secretary General, Tesla Memorial Society of New York with his son Marko Vujovic, Web Designer of teslasociety.com, visited the Smithsonian Institution, January 21, 2005.  They made the photos of Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., a presentation of Nikola Tesla's achievements.


Tesla's Induction Motor

Tesla's induction motor revolutionized the industry and house-hold appliances in the 19th and 20th century.  It was proclaimed one of the ten greatest inventions of all times.  It uses electrical energy to produce mechanical energy and replaced manual labor in factories.  Everything which moves in the electrical field of various machines and house-hold appliances is powered by Tesla's induction motor. 

Above and Below: Tesla AC induction motor.

Above: One of the original Tesla Electric Motors from 1888 which is today the main power of for industry and household appliances.  Tesla's Electric Motor is one of the ten greatest inventions of all times.


International "Tesla" Unit of Magnetic Flux Density


T (Tesla) = W (Weber)





Nikola Tesla's name has been honored with an International Unit of Magnetic Flux Density called "Tesla".  This is the highest honor of a scientist's recognition.  Only three American scientists have been honored with an International Unit.  The International Electrotechnical Commission Committee of Action in Munich, Germany, on June 27th 1956 proclaimed:  "the world unit of magnetic flux density in the Giorgi system to be called "Tesla".  The Tesla Unit measures the concentration of a magnetic field, the number of field lines per square meter.  One Tesla Unit is large, equal to 10,000 gauss -  a unit used in the "cgs" system of measure.  All MRI machines are calibrated in Tesla Units, in the range of .5T(Tesla) to 6T(Tesla). 



Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the latest method of making visual images of the soft tissue and inner-organs of the human body, to find a tumor, a mass, and a damaged tissue of the body.  This is a method of visualizing soft tissue of the body by applying an external magnetic field that makes it possible to distinguish between hydrogen atoms in different environments.  Polarization of hydrogen atoms by MRI is different in normal and pathological tissues of the body.  This is an application of the principle of nuclear magnetic resonance. 

Nikola Tesla's name has been honored with the international unit of magnetic flux density called "Tesla".  All magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines are calibrated with Tesla Unit (from .2 Tesla to 9 Tesla).  MRI machines work on the principle of a homogeneous magnet field.  Nikola Tesla discovered the Rotating Magnetic Field in Budapest, 1882.  The Tesla Unit for magnetism was established in 1956 in the Rathaus of Munich, Germany by the International Electrotechnical Commission Committee in Action.






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