Way cooler than Edison, but gets little to no credit.
He was "quirky", but invented a whole bunch of useful gadgets (here's his Wikipedia page).
Here's the short version intro of Tesla vs Edison:
Some of his awesome inventions/discoveries included:
- AC (alternating current) electricity - better than DC (direct current) for a lot of reasons (link).
- Radio - yes, radio. Marconi got credit initially, but Tesla did it first.
- Fluorescent and neon lights - where would Las Vegas and Atlantic City be without Tesla?
- Hydroelectric power plants - Niagara Falls was a good place to start that one.
Here's a looooooong (but wonderful/excellent/fantastic) graphic from theoatmeal.com to explain it:
Apologies in advance to my readers for the swearing.
Hope you found that informative and simultaneously humorous. I sure did.
So happy birthday, Nikola! And Thomas Edison can suck it!