The Serb-American scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla died 76 years ago in New York at the age of 86.
Tesla, the son of a Serbian Orthodox Christian priest, was born in the town of Smiljan in what was then the Austro-Hungarian empire and is now Croatia. His remains were cremated and placed in a specially-made sphere-shaped urn which is kept in the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade. The Serbian Orthodox Church wanted the urn interred under Tesla’s statue on the grounds of the St Sava Temple but protests prevented the removal of the urn from the museum.
Tesla was schooled in Croatia, Austria and the Czech republic and emigrated to the United States in 1884 where he first worked for Thomas Edison before setting up his own research laboratory.
Tesla held more than 700 patents for various inventions and has had high-voltage and magnetic field values named after him. His pioneering efforts included work on alternating current, wireless power transfer and radio remote control.