Thursday, October 18, 2007
Best Known portrait of Nikola Tesla
Age 38, 62″, 140 lbs. A tall, slender man, with a neatly trimmed thin mustache, intense gray-blue eyes, and black hair, dressed in a stylish suit and derby hat. He speaks English precisely, with only a slight accent.
Advantages: Ambidexterity, Attractive, Cool (under pressure), Eidetic Memory, Filthy rich, Less sleep, Lightning Calculator, Mathematical Ability, Strong Will, Versatile
Disadvantages: Compulsive Generosity, Loner, Obsession (Control himself and nature) , Phobia (Germs), Proud
Quirks: Dislikes June bugs and pearls (believes they drain life); Fascinated by cut gemstones; Calculates the volume of his food; Likes Pigeons; Likes the number 3
The above is the not-too-legendary version of Nikola Tesla early in 1895.
Nikola Tesla was born in the village of Smiljan, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, at midnight between July9 and 10, 1856. Though a sickly child, he grew into a vigorous and very intelligent young man. By the time he emigrated to the United States at 28, he was probably one of the worlds greatest inventors, but no one knew it yet. He had not published or patented the ideas that he carried in his head.
Tesla was one of the most ingenious men who ever lived, but he could also seem quite insane. His obsession with control caused him to reject emotion and try to be a perfect rational scientist. Though he rejected companionship, he loved the worship of admirers, though he might be unflustered by lab accidents or weird events, he had a streak of drama. Appeals to his pride could induce him to show off his lab or talk to people, especially rich, famous, or obviously intelligent ones.
Cheney, Margret: Tesla: Man out of Time
ONeill, John J.: Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla
Peat, F. David: In Search of Nikola Tesla