April 16, 2014
This clip is renowned throughout the web as being the 1st place winner of 2010 History Channel Student Video Competition. however the winner’s identity appear to be untraceable.
The short film summarizes the story of Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
It includes some of Tesla’s most stunning quotes, which I have never heard before.
The story begins with Tesla’s construction of the Wardenclyffe Tower, in Shoreham, Long Island (New York), with the financial support of early 20th century Wall Street magnate, J.P. Morgan.
Tesla’s electric magnifying tower, Wardenclyffe was built for the purpose of transmitting free energy and communications without wires. It was based on a successful smaller model, which he had previously built in Colorado Springs.
The Wardenclyffe team tested their tower a handful of times during construction, and the results were very encouraging; however construction came to an abrupt halt in 1906 when J.P. Morgan withdrew his funding, when he understood Tesla’s Plan of using the Wardenclyffe to supply free electrical energy. “How can we get money from the electricity, which Tesla is supplying [for free] to every part of the world?”
Morgan allegedly scuttled any future ways Tesla could raise money. Tesla’s laboratory and many research papers were lost in a suspected arson. He subsequently suffered a nervous breakdown.
After a career of staggering achievements and financial ups and downs, Tesla, 86, died alone and in debt, in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel on 7 January 1943, The cause of death was determined to be coronary thrombosis, with no suspicious circumstances.
Two days later, after learning of Tesla’s death, the FBI ordered the Alien Property Custodian to seize all of Tesla’s belongings, even though Tesla was an American citizen. Tesla’s entire estate from the Hotel New Yorker and other New York City hotels was transported to the Manhattan Storage and Warehouse Company under OAP seal.
On January 10, 1943, New York City mayor, Fiorello La Guardia read a eulogy written by Slovene-American author Louis AdamiÄ live over the WNYC radio. Violin pieces “Ave Maria” and “Tamo daleko” were played in the background.
On 12 January, Tesla was given a state funeral at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, located near Harlem, in New York City. 2,000 people attended. The funeral service was opened by Episcopal Bishop William T. Manning and concluded by Reverend Dushan J. Shukletovich, rector of the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Sava. After the funeral, Tesla’s corpse was taken to the Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, New York, where it was later cremated.
On 13 January, a second service was conducted in Serbian by prominent priests of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in New York City.
In 1952, after constant pressure from Tesla’s nephew, Sava Kosanovic, arrangements were finally made; Tesla’s entire estate (original papers, thousands of letters, photographs and most of Tesla’s inventions including the remote-controlled boat, wireless fluorescent lamps, motors, turbines, etc.) was shipped to Belgrade. The estate was shipped in 80 trunks marked “N.T.”
In 1957, Ms. Charlotte Muzar, secretary and assistant to Tesla’s nephew, the late Sava Kosanovic, delivered Tesla’s ashes from the United States to Belgrade. Tesla’s ashes are currently kept in the third room of the Nikola Tesla Museum, in the gold-plated sphere on a marble pedestal.