Nikola Tesla, the inventor and pioneering electrical engineer, is being honoured by Google with a special logo to mark the 153rd anniversary of his birth.
By Murray Wardrop
Published: 9:18AM BST 10 Jul 2009
The search engine is celebrating July 10 with a logo featuring purple sparks of electricity leaping from the letter “g”, which is drawn in the shape of his famous Tesla Coil transformer.
It pays tribute to the Serb born scientists, who is best known for several revolutionary contributions in the field of electricity and magnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Tesla’s patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current electric power (AC) systems, including the polyphase power distribution systems and the AC motor.
The inventor, who died impoverished in 1943, aged 86, is credited with helping usher in the Second Industrial Revolution with his groundbreaking work.
Born in 1856, Tesla studied electrical engineering at the Austrian Polytechnic in Graz, before moving to Hungary where he worked for the National Telephone Company in Budapest.
He later moved to the United States where he established his own company, Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing, and embarked on his most significant works.
These included inventing polyphase systems, which would allow transmission of alternating current electricity over long distances, and ultimately became the chief method of powering homes and business across the globe.
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