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To have a unit of measure named after a scientist is the most significant achievement many scientists believe they could ever achieve. The Tesla is an SI derived unit of magnetic field (specifically magnetic flux density). The Tesla is equal to one weber per square meter and was defined in 1960 in honor of Nikola Tesla. Though many great scientists and inventors have made contributions to the electrical engineering field, none have been as broad and as forward reaching as Nikola Tesla. Within the electrical engineering field, Tesla is well known for his contributions, but is relatively anonymous outside his field. He has bee described as a “wizard”, and called "The Father of Physics" along with "the man who invented the twentieth century.” Although he had experienced periods of great fame, Tesla was at many times considered to be a mad man and was a forgotten man when he died. Nikola Tesla was born on July 10 th of 1856 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. During his childhood, Tesla read many books, supposedly having a photographic memory. [1] Tesla obtained his formal education at the Polytechnic Institute at Graz, Austria, where he received degrees in mathematics, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and at the University of Prague, where he performed graduate studies in Physics. [2] He is best known for his work in AC (Alternating Current) Power and with rotating magnetic fields (motors), though he made great contributions in all fields of electrical engineering. After studying at many various universities, Tesla moved to the United States in 1884, where he worked for Thomas Edison who quickly became a rival [3], culminating in the “War of the Currents”. During the early ages of electrical generation and transmission in America, Thomas Edison’s DC (Direct Current) system was used as the
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standard. At the time, no AC motor available was efficient enough for mass production, and Edison obviously did not want to lose all his royalties from the DC equipment. Because of Tesla’s work with AC motors and transmission, he quickly build a relationship with George Westinghouse, who agreed with Tesla in the AC would be the more logical and economical choice for power generation and distribution. [4] Another reason the rivalry grew is that alternating current electricity takes a great deal of understanding in the fields of mathematics and mathematical physics. Edison, being the brute force experimenter that he was, tried to simply dismiss Tesla theories by saying, "[Tesla's] ideas are splendid, but they are utterly impractical.” [5] One of the biggest reasons that DC power is impractical for distribution is that the voltage drop (the amount of voltage “lost” on a wire over long distances) is much greater for DC than it is for AC. Nevertheless, as Tesla’s alternating current system caught on, Edison went on a publicity
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2008 for the course HIST 447 taught by Professor N/a during the Summer '08 term at SDSMT.

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