EMINENT ENGINEERS THROUGHOUT HISTORY
Who's the most outstanding engineer of all time? That's an open question with no right or wrong answer, only opinions, theories and opportunities for debate. Thankfully, plenty of engineers had gone before us and paved the path to a modern world that grants us access to so many inventions - inventions that make our lives easier. So whether you agree with the list of the most outstanding engineers below or not, it will at least give you some food for thought.
Although the modern engineering industry owes gratitude to hundreds of innovators over time, those listed have to be the most influential engineers throughout history.
Nikola Tesla ( 1856 – 1943)
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the modern alternating current electricity supply system.
There's no doubt that he had a significant influence on society.
Nikola Tesla moved to America at the age of 28 to work with Thomas Edison. Tesla is perhaps one of the most underrated electrical engineers and didn't receive credit for a lot of his inventions.
His alternating current (AC) induction motor and related polyphase AC patents, licensed by Westinghouse Electric in 1888, earned him considerable money.
Tesla conducted a range of experiments with mechanical oscillators/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and early X-ray imaging. He also built a wireless-controlled boat, one of the first-ever exhibited. Tesla became well-known as an inventor and demonstrated his achievements to celebrities and wealthy patrons at his lab and showmanship at public lectures.
Throughout the 1890s, Tesla pursued his ideas for wireless lighting and worldwide wireless electric power distribution in his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs. In 1893, he made pronouncements on the possibility of wireless communication with his devices.
Tesla tried to put these ideas to practical use in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project, an intercontinental wireless communication and power transmitter. Unfortunately, the Wardenclyffe Tower project was abandoned in 1906, never to become operational. The Wardenclyffe Tower project ran out of funds, and to finance Tesla's debts, the Wardenclyffe Tower project was demolished for scrap in 1917.
After Wardenclyffe, Tesla experimented with a series of inventions in the 1910s and 1920s with varying degrees of success.
Having spent most of his money, Tesla lived in a series of New York hotels, leaving behind unpaid bills. He died in New York City in January 1943. Tesla's work fell into relative obscurity following his death until 1960, when the General Conference on Weights and Measures named the SI unit of magnetic flux density the Tesla in his honour. However, there has been a resurgence in widespread interest in Tesla since the 1990s.
Tesla, Inc., formerly (2003–17) Tesla Motors, American electric-automobile manufacturer. It was founded in 2003 by American entrepreneurs Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning the company Tesla after the Serbian American inventor Nikola Tesla.