Elon Musk (the billionaire, engineer, inventor, investor, overall entrepreneurial genius) became a worldwide figure through the founding of Tesla Motors, his fully electric car company. The irony in that is Nikola Tesla is the exact historical figure in which Musk encapsulates. Both men are and have accomplished unbelievably incredible feats. These individuals come around once every century, so we should all do our part to understand who they are and what they have accomplished to help inspire others to shoot for the stars.
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was known for his patent on alternating current (AC) which rivaled the more famous Edison’s direct current (DC). Today, we know that AC is a lot more efficient, feasible, and widely used. He developed fluorescent bulbs 40 years before industry invented them. He contributed to the development of the X-ray. Tesla patented the radio 50 years before Guglielmo Marconi “created” one. Tesla was given credit for the invention in court. The radio invention led to his invention of the remote control.
Tesla came up with an electric motor to run a car using rotated magnetic fields. However, the abundance of oil made his idea non- economical. Today, it is becoming the exact opposite. He invented the laser and built a tower attempting to communicate wirelessly. He had hundreds of patents before his death. His views on the future of robotic capabilities is scarily accurate to what we are going through today. http://www.doiserbia.nb.rs/img/doi/1451-4869/2006/1451-48690603163V.pdf
More information on Tesla: http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/10-inventions-of-nikola-tesla-that.html
Musk Information: http://inventors.about.com/od/mstartinventions/p/Elon-Musk.htm
Musk is trying to accomplish similarly amazing feats. He founded and successfully launched a fully electric car company. He is the founder of a private space company with goals to successfully go to Mars. He wants to launch satellites capable of giving the entire world free Internet. He is the chairman of SolarCity, a solar panel development and installation company trying to wean the world off of bad energy sources for the environment. Musk has an idea for a Hyperloop that will transport people between places in the fastest known way using the smallest amount of energy. Overall, he is doing incredible things for the world, just as Tesla had, but he is not done yet. It’s people like these that makes you believe that humans are capable of unimaginable feats, even in a tiny life time of only 50-80 years.