Nikola Tesla was born in 1856 in the former Austrian Empire. Regarded by some as a mad scientist, his innovation in the field of electrical engineering helped to spur the second industrial revolution. Tesla died in 1943 in New York City. Though he's hardly a household name in the U.S., his work remains a legacy that's ubiquitous in modern life.
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Nikola Tesla was a (1) ____________ inventor and physicist who developed the energy generators that power our homes and (2) ____________. In 1884, at the age of 28, Tesla moved from his homeland of Croatia to New York City to (3) ____________ with the (4) ____________ inventor Thomas Edison. Tesla (5) ____________ Edison a letter of recommendation written by a mutual friend which said, "I know two great men and you are one of them; the other is this (6) ____________ man."
Edison offered Tesla a $50,000 (7) ____________ if he could make Edison's direct current power system more effective. When Tesla presented Edison with an improved D.C. generator and asked for his bonus, Edison (8) ____________, telling Tesla that he did not understand the American sense of humor about money. Edison never paid Tesla one extra (9) ____________.
Tesla quit Edison's company in disgust. He got a (10) ____________ job at a different electric company and worked on finishing his alternating current generator, far better than Edison's (11) ____________ direct current system. Tesla and Edison then competed to light up the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Tesla's alternating current (12) ____________ beat out Edison's design and the world got to see the (13) ____________ of the future!
Later, Tesla demonstrated that it was possible to (14) ____________ electricity wirelessly. This invention would allow the average (15) ____________ to power a (16) ____________ from anywhere in a room. Tesla envisioned using wireless energy transfer to send energy across the (17) ____________ from the United States to Europe.
He built a (18) ____________ Tesla coil in New York to start his project, but it was destroyed during World War (19) ____________ because the government suspected it could be used by spies. Some (20) ____________ still dream of fulfilling Tesla's dream, but others oppose his idea, concerned about health risks and the loud noise (21) ____________ by a Tesla coil. The (22) ____________ building still stands in (23) ____________, New York, to this day as a reminder of Tesla's amazing (24) ____________.