Nikola Tesla
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Nikola Tesla (1856 - 1943)

Nikola Tesla, an  inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer, was an important contributor to the birth and growth of commercial electricity.  Best known for his work in electromagnetism, Tesla’s work was also the basis for modern alternate current electric power systems including the polyphase system of distribution and the AC motor.  An ethnic Serb, Tesla was born in what is no Croatia and later became an American citizen.  His 1894 demonstration of wireless communication via radio, and his eventual victory in the “War of Currents” led to him becoming one of the greatest electrical engineers to work in America.