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The Complete Patents of Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, the "man who invented the twentieth century," was born July 10, 1856, at Smiljan, Lika province (in modern Croatia), a part of the expiring Empire of Austro%u2013Hungary. His father, Rev. Milutin Tesla of the Serbian Orthodox Church, intended Nikola for the priesthood, but did not insist%u2013it must have been hard to make demands of the high%u2013strung, fragile youth who was his son. On Nikola's evidence we know his mother, Duka Mandic, to have been an inventor, a maker of tools and devices for her weaving, carpentry, and other handiwork. As a child Nikola manifested a full share of Duka's ingenuity, building among other things a bug%u2013propelled engine. Much later he would mention that he had always the ability to see his ideas constructed in his mind, and in such detail that he could adjust and balance the parts. In school he absorbed languages quickly (English, French, Getman, Italian) and made an impressive showing in mathematics.
Nikola Tesla - The Complete Patents of Nikola Tesla - The Man who invented the 20th Century

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