His parents were Milutin Tesla and Đuka Tesla. He was born in Modern Day Similjan, Croatia.
Nikola's brother, Daniel, dies
Daniel died in a riding accident. Nikola is said to have had traumatic visions from his brother's illness. These visions are said to be a possible starting point of an ongoing mental illness.
Tesla studies at the University of Graz
1875 - 1879
He spent four years at the University of Graz,. He studied math and physics.
Nikola came up with brushless AC
Nikola Tesla came up with the idea of brushless AC (air conditioner) while on a walk.
Tesla came to New York
Tesla came to New York City in 1884. He was hired as an engineer at Edison's Manhattan headquarters. He worked there for a year, and he impressed Edison while he was there.
Tesla receives funding for his lighting company
Tesla received funding to start the Tesla Electric Light Company. He received funding to develop improved arc lighting.
Tesla begins partnership with Westinghouse.
After starting up his own light company, Tesla got 30 patents, and he was invited to present in front of the American Institute of Electrical engineers. There, Tesla's lecture caught the attention of George Westinghouse. Westinghouse was an American entrepreneur and engineer. Westinghouse invented the first AC power system, and Thomas Edison was Westinghouse's main competitor in the "Battle of the Currents". Westinghouse later hired Tesla to keep working on his research on AC power units..
Tesla patents new Tesla coil
The tesla coil allowed many advances in radio technology. The tesla coil was the first invention that could wirelessly transmit electricity.
Tesla's lab burns down and he starts first hydroelectric power plant
Tesla designed what was among the first AC hydroelectric power plants in the United States, at Niagara Falls. Tesla's lab in New York burned down. May valuable inventions and blueprints were lost in the fire. He later moved to a new lab in Colorado Springs for a little while. He returned to New York in 1900.
Nikola Tesla dies
January 7, 1943
Nikola Tesla died in his hotel room at the Hotel New Yorker. He died at the age of 83, from a blood clot in his heart.