Nikola Tesla Day is a public and educational event, established in July 2010 in the City of Niagara Falls, Canada. The educational model is to build upon public awareness and general education of one of the greatest minds and scientists ever, an electrical and mechanical engineer and technological visionary Nikola Tesla.
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American engineer and physicist born in 1856 in the Habsburg Monarchy region of Smiljan. He was deeply affected by the tragic loss of his brother at a young age, which contributed to his lifelong struggle with mental illness. Tesla studied mathematics and physics at the Technical University of Graz and philosophy at the University of Prague.
In 1882, while taking a walk, Tesla had a breakthrough idea for a brushless AC motor, which led him to create the first sketches of its rotating electromagnets in the sand. This invention was a game changer for the production, transmission, and application of electric power. Tesla later moved to Paris and joined the Continental Edison Company, where he worked on repairing DC power plants.
Tesla’s genius and innovation were widely recognized, but he struggled to turn his ideas into financial success. His chief rival and former employer, Thomas Edison, was able to capitalize on his inventions and gain long-term financial success. Despite this setback, Tesla’s contributions to the field of electrical engineering were invaluable, including his development of AC generation and transmission technology.
Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American inventor and electrical engineer, has been recognized and honored in various ways in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Ontario, Canada.
On July 10th, 2015, the Mayor of the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario proclaimed July 10th as “Nikola Tesla Day” in the city, to commemorate Tesla’s contributions to science and technology.
In November 2019, the Niagara Parks Commission announced that the landscape plaza surrounding the Bronze Tesla Statue would be named “Nikola Tesla Plaza,” further recognizing the inventor’s impact on the world.
More recently, on June 3rd, 2021, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Violet Elizabeth Dowdeswell, signed the Law on Declaring July 10th as “Nikola Tesla Day” throughout the province of Ontario. This law officially recognizes Tesla’s legacy and encourages citizens to learn more about his work and achievements.
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