Listen&Learn: Nikola TeslaPosted by: Jaksyn Peacock
- inventor: someone who creates new technology
- alleged: claimed by someone, but not yet proven to be true
- dispute: an argument or disagreement
- motor: a device that powers a machine
- fund: to provide money for a project
- promote: to gather public support for something
- ominous: scary or disturbing
See answers below
- Tesla was born in
c. the US
- In 1884, Tesla moved to New York to work for
a. George Westinghouse
b. Thomas Edison
c. Alexander Graham Bell
- The motor that Tesla invented used
a. alternating current (AC)
b. direct current (DC)
c. high-voltage direct current (HVDC)
- Today, Tesla is a very well-known inventor. But for years, his work was not widely acknowledged. Do you know any other people from history who were not originally recognized for their accomplishments? Why do you think this happens?
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor. He was born in Austria in 1856. In 1884, Tesla moved to New York and began working for Thomas Edison. Tesla helped Edison improve his electrical motors, but he eventually left the company after an alleged dispute about payment. Later, Tesla invented an electrical motor that ran on alternating current, or AC. This was different from Edison’s direct current motors, where electricity flowed in only one direction. An inventor and businessman named George Westinghouse funded and promoted Tesla’s project, and eventually AC made it possible to send electricity over long distances. Although Tesla was a brilliant inventor, he struggled with mental illness and financial difficulties throughout his life. As he grew older, he began to mention more ominous inventions, such as a “death ray.” The FBI investigated his possessions after his death, but found nothing dangerous.
Answers to comprehension questions
1a 2b 3a
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Emir Mehmedagic says:
Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljani Croatia and not in Austria. Can you change it please. Thank you.
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Thank you all,
you can be a brilliant inventor .
the inventions can help people in their life.
And at the end of the life get into great poverty.
That semms unfair
Very good 👍
Ifurho Etim says:
wish to learn more