Nikola Tesla (1856 -1943) was not only the founder of AC Current, but also of the Radio. As such a he was seen as the founder of the 20th century because we are using most of the things he patented today.
Nikola Tesla was the son of a Orthodox priest in Smiljan, Croatia. He attributed his exploring and innovative side to his mother who was just as innovative as a homemaker and she developed the mechanical egg beater. He studied in Prague and Austria mechanical and electrical engineering where after he started working for the Central Telephone Exchange in Budapest. Later he joined Thomas Edison, the inventor of the Inca decent light bulb and the inventor of the first electric lightning system in lower Manhattan. But rivalry between them caused Tesla to join George Whitehouse and together they won the war of the currents against Thomas Edison and that was the birth of AC current as we know it today. Later he developed wireless electricity and the Tesla coil. At this stage J.P. Morgan who finished the Niagra Falls project, was backing him financially, but withdraw his money when he heard that Tesla was aiming to supply the world with free wireless energy. That would prevent a lot of money to be made out of electrical lines instead of a wireless system that would help everyone on the planet.
In total Tesla had 700 patents registered. He invented the modern electrical motor, basic wireless transmission of electricity, remote control, neon bulbs, basic laser and X-ray Technology as well as the Tesla coil that is widely used in television sets and other electrical equipment and a lot more that not mentioned over here. In 1943 the U.S. Supreme court ruled in favour of Tesla as “The father of the radio” although Gougliemo Marconi, wrongly received the Nobel Price in 1909 for his contributions to the invention of the radio.
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success. Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything”.