The 10 Most Important Inventions of Nikola Tesla

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Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe. Throughout space there is energy.  — Nikola Tesla, 1892 

Nikola Tesla is finally beginning to attract real attention and encourage serious debate nearly 70 years after his death.  Was he for real? A crackpot? Part of an early experiment in corporate-government control?

We know that he was undoubtedly persecuted by the energy power brokers of his day — namely Thomas Edison, whom we are taught in school to revere as a genius.  He was also attacked by J.P. Morgan and other “captains of industry.” Upon Tesla’s death on January 7th, 1943, the U.S. government moved into his lab and apartment confiscating all of his scientific research, some of which has been released by the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act. (I’ve embedded the first 250 pages below and have added a link to the .pdf of the final pages, 290 in total).

Besides his persecution by corporate-government interests (which is practically a certification of authenticity), there is at least one solid indication of Nikola Tesla’s integrity — he tore up a contract with Westinghouse that was worth billions in order to save the company from paying him his huge royalty payments.

But, let’s take a look at what Nikola Tesla — a man who died broke and alone — has actually given to the world.  For better or worse, with credit or without, he changed the face of the planet in ways that perhaps no man ever has.

1. Alternating Current — This is where it all began, and what ultimately caused such a stir at the 1893 World’s Expo in Chicago.  A war was leveled ever-after between the vision of Edison and the vision of Tesla for how electricity would be produced and distributed.  The division can be summarized as one of cost and safety: The DC current that Edison (backed by General Electric) had been working on was costly over long distances, and produced dangerous sparking from the required converter (called a commutator).  Regardless, Edison and his backers utilized the general “dangers” of electric current to instill fear in Tesla’s alternative: Alternating Current.  As proof, Edison sometimes electrocuted animals at demonstrations.  Consequently, Edison gave the world the electric chair, while simultaneously maligning Tesla’s attempt to offer safety at a lower cost.  Tesla responded by demonstrating that AC was perfectly safe by famously shooting current through his own body to produce light.  This Edison-Tesla (GE-Westinghouse) feud in 1893 was the culmination of over a decade of shady business deals, stolen ideas, and patent suppression that Edison and his moneyed interests wielded over Tesla’s inventions. Yet, despite it all, it is Tesla’s system that provides power generation and distribution to North America in our modern era.

2. Light — Of course he didn’t invent light itself, but he did invent how light can be harnessed and distributed.  Tesla developed and used florescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry “invented” them. At the World’s Fair, Tesla took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists’ names, in effect creating the first neon signs.  However, it is his Tesla Coil that might be the most impressive, and controversial.  The Tesla Coil is certainly something that big industry would have liked to suppress: the concept that the Earth itself is a magnet that can generate electricity (electromagnetism) utilizing frequencies as a transmitter.  All that is needed on the other end is the receiver — much like a radio.

3. X-rays — Electromagnetic and ionizing radiation was heavily researched in the late 1800s, but Tesla researched the entire gamut. Everything from a precursor to Kirlian photography, which has the ability to document life force, to what we now use in medical diagnostics, this was a transformative invention of which Tesla played a central role.  X-rays, like so many of Tesla’s contributions, stemmed from his belief that everything we need to understand the universe is virtually around us at all times, but we need to use our minds to develop real-world devices to augment our innate perception of existence.

4. Radio — Guglielmo Marconi was initially credited, and most believe him to be the inventor of radio to this day.  However, the Supreme Court overturned Marconi’s patent in 1943, when it was proven that Tesla invented the radio years previous to Marconi.  Radio signals are just another frequency that needs a transmitter and receiver, which Tesla also demonstrated in 1893 during a presentation before The National Electric Light Association.  In 1897 Tesla applied for two patents US 645576, and US 649621. In 1904, however, The U.S. Patent Office reversed its decision, awarding Marconi a patent for the invention of radio, possibly influenced by Marconi’s financial backers in the States, who included Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie. This also allowed the U.S. government (among others) to avoid having to pay the royalties that were being claimed by Tesla.

5. Remote Control — This invention was a natural outcropping of radio. Patent No.613809 was the first remote controlled model boat, demonstrated in 1898.  Utilizing several large batteries; radio signals controlled switches, which then energized the boat’s propeller, rudder, and scaled-down running lights. While this exact technology was not widely used for some time, we now can see the power that was appropriated by the military in its pursuit of remote controlled war. Radio controlled tanks were introduced by the Germans in WWII, and developments in this realm have since slid quickly away from the direction of human freedom.

6. Electric Motor — Tesla’s invention of the electric motor has finally been popularized by a car brandishing his name.  While the technical specifications are beyond the scope of this summary, suffice to say that Tesla’s invention of a motor with rotating magnetic fields could have freed mankind much sooner from the stranglehold of Big Oil.  However, his invention in 1930 succumbed to the economic crisis and the world war that followed. Nevertheless, this invention has fundamentally changed the landscape of what we now take for granted: industrial fans, household appliances, water pumps, machine tools, power tools, disk drives, electric wristwatches and compressors.

7. Robotics — Tesla’s overly enhanced scientific mind led him to the idea that all living beings are merely driven by external impulses.  He stated: “I have by every thought and act of mine, demonstrated, and does so daily, to my absolute satisfaction that I am an automaton endowed with power of movement, which merely responds to external stimuli.”  Thus, the concept of the robot was born.  However, an element of the human remained present, as Tesla asserted that these human replicas should have limitations — namely growth and propagation. Nevertheless, Tesla unabashedly embraced all of what intelligence could produce.  His visions for a future filled withintelligent cars, robotic human companions, and the use of sensors, and autonomous systems are detailed in a must-read entry in the Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering, 2006 (PDF).

8. Laser — Tesla’s invention of the laser may be one of the best examples of the good and evil bound up together within the mind of man.  Lasers have transformed surgical applications in an undeniably beneficial way, and they have given rise to much of our current digital media. However, with this leap in innovation we have also crossed into the land of science fiction.  From Reagan’s “Star Wars” laser defense system to today’s Orwellian “non-lethal” weapons’ arsenal, which includes laser rifles and directed energy “death rays,” there is great potential for development in both directions.

9 and 10. Wireless Communications and Limitless Free Energy — These two are inextricably linked, as they were the last straw for the power elite — what good is energy if it can’t be metered and controlled?  Free?  Never.  J.P. Morgan backed Tesla with $150,000 to build a tower that would use the natural frequencies of our universe to transmit data, including a wide range of information communicated through images, voice messages, and text.  This represented the world’s first wireless communications, but it also meant that aside from the cost of the tower itself, the universe was filled with free energy that could be utilized to form a world wide web connecting all people in all places, as well as allow people to harness the free energy around them.  Essentially, the 0’s and 1’s of the universe are embedded in the fabric of existence for each of us to access as needed.  Nikola Tesla was dedicated to empowering the individual to receive and transmit this data virtually free of charge.  But we know the ending to that story . . . until now?

Tesla had perhaps thousands of other ideas and inventions that remain unreleased.  A look at his hundreds of patents shows a glimpse of the scope he intended to offer.  If you feel that the additional technical and scientific research of Nikola Tesla should be revealed for public scrutiny and discussion, instead of suppressed by big industry and even our supposed institutions of higher education, join the world’s call to tell power brokers everywhere that we are ready to Occupy Energy and learn about what our universe really has to offer.

The release of Nikola Tesla’s technical and scientific research — specifically his research into harnessing electricity from the ionosphere at a facility called Wardenclyffe — is a necessary step toward true freedom of information.  Please add your voice by sharing this information with as many people as possible.

For additional information about the demand for release, or to use as a template to form your own demand, please visit:

As they state:

Tell your friends, bring it up and discuss it at your next general assembly, do whatever you can to get the word out, organize locally to make a stand for the release of Nikola Tesla’s research…. America is tired of corrupt corporate greed, supported by The American government, holding us back in a stagnant society in the name of profit . . . The Energy Crisis is a lie.

As an aside: there are some who have pointed out that Tesla’s experimentation with the ionosphere very well could have caused the massive explosion over Tunguska, Siberia in 1908, which leveled an estimated 60 million trees over 2,150 square kilometers, and may even have led to the much maligned HAARP technology.  I submit that we would do well to remember that technology is never the true enemy; it is the misuse of technology that can enslave rather than free mankind from its animal-level survivalism.

Please view the video below, which does an excellent job at personalizing this largely forgotten human being, as well as show the reasons why to this day he is not a household name.

And here is a video that offers an essential alternative view of ancient Egypt and other cultures that employed pyramidal structures, which suggests the staggering outer limits of what Tesla was attempting to harness and offer to humanity:

Note: Please feel free to add your own information, article links, or video links about Tesla and his work in the comment section.

I would also point you to Rand Clifford’s 3-part series: Nikola Tesla: Calling All Freethinkers! which has a wealth of different information than what you will read below.

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**This article originally appeared at ActivistPost.**

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  • 0jr

    those are the only ones without a mil. app

  • The Zero Point Energy discovered by Nikola Tesla will turn out to be the most important discovery Tasla made. This energy source is called the ZPE because it remains unaffected by the reduction to zero Kelvin temperature of 273K. At this temperature all things basically stop resonating but the energy Tesla discovered remains unaffected at this temperature.

    This is a limitless source of energy that permeates the entire universe and no matter how much energy humanity consumes it will not make the slightest impact on the entirety. All things can be worked off this energy and it is available anywhere in the universe so it will no doubt be usable anywhere. Space travel will never be limited and all energy needs will be accommodated by tapping into it.

    This must be the most important research effort for humanity, to refine and consolidate ways of tapping into this resource.

    The Tesla Scientific Foundation forwarded electrical plans for tapping into this source of energy to Tesla Cars but for whatever reason the manufacturer of these excellent electric vehicles has not yet put out a model based on the Tesla ZPE? Could it be that the money men are preventing the establishment of this energy source. See:

  • Sal

    This post is full of lies !!!

  • ron kukla

    The movie would of been better without the loud distracting music, I could not finish watching it.

  • Some random guy

    And of course the videos posted are no longer available. Oh, the irony.

    • Anonymous

      I’m watching them now…..

  • Tesla

    It’s “radio” control. Remote can be achieved with light, air, liquid, wire, etc.

  • carlos

    I like a lot this post, but if you think it, it’s impossible not to pay for electricity, maybe is true it should be cheaper, I don’t know. Anyway, we are already taking the electricity from the earth: from the wind, hydraulic power, even from atoms, atomic energy. outside the earth we are taking energy from the sun. so we are doing what Tesla thought already. But we need a receiver, right? so we need money.

  • SymplisticBeauty

    On quite a few Tesla posts on this site, there seems to be no mention of Tesla’s contribution to the Philadelphia Experiment and his creation of stealth technology, which was needed for the ship to become invisible. Now all this is alleged information or maybe classified information from Al Bielek/Edward Cameron. There’s tons of interviews from Mr. Bielek online where he talks about Nikola Tesla. He and Tesla were acquaintances, according to him. Here’s some links:

  • Cristobal Colon

    America always kills anything good that happens come from its bosom.

  • The Tesla coil was based on the concept that the Earth itself is a magnet that can generate electricity (electromagnetism)”

    If we consider that the Earth is the magnetic side of electricity, where might we find our electric side of electricity that would allow us to plug our free energy into it? Tesla was looking at our ionosphere.

    IN 1928 Dr Moray used solid state electronics to produce 50kw a day, about $120 worth of electricity at 10 cents a kw.

    High speed Velocity of planetary motion provides a beginning to understand the basics of the source of free energy. Here’s a link for your consideration:

  • Eric

    Tesla makes Einstein look like a kindergarten child. Tesla is a humanitarian who desired to help humanity for humanity’s progress. His inventions will greatly benefit humanity. It is just a matter of tme before his investions are in the public domain.

    • tavistock

      Tesla was a contiuom of free energy, just like the past. like great music, it is for everyone

  • Koolz

    Tesla was tapping into ancient Knowledge. The Ability to use Sound, Vibration, and everything works on a frequency. That’s a scary thought isn’t it. The Use of those three would be used against us for us. Back before Egypt they knew this they were the ones that first showed it. Perhaps they defied Gravity with it and who knows what else. Sound=frequency+Magnets in prime numbers=….Anti Gravity?

  • dimitri

    I wonder if Tesla ever thought about the effects of electro-magnetics on the human body. Like Marie Curie experimenting with radium totally unprotected from its radiation, Tesla was probably naive about the effects of EMFs on the human nervous system and other organs. Thus not all of his discoveries would rate high up there amongst the wonders of the world.

    • Kunta Kinte

      Naïve? who should then be rented at the top? And why don’t we teach our kids (and adults off course) of the virtues of that guy? Some people find the faintest dot on a large white sheet! May they are the one to rank at the top!!

    • qp

      That depends on the frequency range. I believe he was very much aware of frequencies that were harmful to human body, and others that are safe.