Nikola Tesla – inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and physicist. He is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
Nikola Tesla spoke eight languages and, at the time of his death, held over 700 patents and was being investigated by the US government for claiming to have invented a 60 million volt death ray.
- developed polyphase alternating current system of generators, motors and transformers and held 40 basic U.S. patents on the system, which George Westinghouse bought, determined to supply America with the Tesla system.
- Robots – 1898, at an electrical exhibition, he demonstrated the world’s first radio-controlled vessel – a small, odd-looking, iron-hulled boat scooting across an indoor pond