Nikola Tesla was born in current day Croatia in 1856, and came to the United States in 1884. Tesla got interested in inventing electrical devices, thanks to his role model, his mother Djuka Mandic, who invented small household appliances. After studying physics, mathematics in Germany, Austria and Hungary, Tesla came to the United States in 1884 at the age of 28, with little money, and a letter of introduction to inventor Thomas Edison from Charles Batchelor. "I know two great men," wrote Batchelor, "one is you and the other is this young man."
Tesla stopped working with Edison shortly after personal differences came in the way. His inventions caught the attention of George Westinghouse, who bought his alternating current patents to help with supplying electricity over long distances. In 1895, Tesla designed one of the first AC hydroelectric power plants in the United States, at Niagara Falls, which provided power to the city of Buffalo, New York. His inventions continue to be used today - e.g. his AC system remains the worldwide standard for power transmission, and his 1891 invention, "Tesla coil," is still used in radio technology.
Electrical Wizard: Candlewick Biographies: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World
Elizabeth Rusch (Author); Oliver Dominguez (Illustrator)
Publisher: Candlewick (2015)
Ages: 8-12 yrs; Grades: 3-7
Review: Amazon Reviews 4.5*
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