Tesla, Nikola – Scientist & Inventor


The Nikola Tesla mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals and includes an image of Nikola Tesla and a short biography.

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Nikola Tesla emigrated to the United States in 1884 from the Austrian Empire and briefly worked for Thomas Edison, before setting up his own laboratory where he developed a range of electrical devices.  Tesla patented the AC electric induction motor and transformer, which he licensed to industrialist George Westinghouse.  Tesla obtained nearly 300 patents worldwide on his inventions.  He spoke eight languages and was reported to have had a photographic memory.  The Tesla coil was his invention that produced high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity.  His friend Julian Hawthorne, described him as ‟a poet, a philosopher, an appreciator of fine music, a linguist, and a connoisseur of food and drink.

Among the multitude of Nikola Tesla ideas and designs was his attempt to create a wireless transmission system that would provide the world with free electrical energy.  The construction of the 181-foot-tall Wardenclyffe Tower was started in 1901 but never completed.  Financing dried up for Tesla as Wall Street investors favored Marconi’s wireless system.

This Nikola Tesla History Mug is part of our Science & Inventors series which includes many unique individuals who shaped our world through their actions.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.

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