Today is Nikola Tesla’s birthday (lived July 10, 1856 – January 7, 1943) and I, for one, will be remembering him for his enormous contributions to our hobby.
If you’re not familiar with Tesla, I highly recommend Margaret Cheney’s book, Tesla: Man Out of Time. In the meantime, I would at least encourage you to read his page on Wikipedia.
And if you’re in the mood for a mixture of fact and funny, check out The Oatmeal’s comic, “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.” (Profanity warning!) In fact, Matthew Inman, the comic artist behind The Oatmeal has raised over $2 million dollars to create a Nikola Tesla museum in New York. Amazing…Looking forward to visiting that.
My thoughts? We need more Nikola Teslas on this planet–clearly, a man ahead of his time.
Hat tip to my buddy, Skip Arey, for sharing this dynamic photo of Tesla.
Click to enlarge. (Source: NPR)
Today in the US, it’s National Radio Day–a day to acknowledge the significance of radio technology and the way it has shaped our past, shapes our present, and continues to shape our future.
National Public Radio and its member stations typically celebrate with some fanfare. I especially love their vintage-inspired graphic this year, featuring Guglielmo Marconi.
In fairness, we should also acknowledge Nikola Tesla, whose 17 patents may have helped Marconi win his Nobel Prize as the father of radio.