Nikola Tesla and Alternating Current (AC). Physics 001. Chelsey Culbert Alexandra Veremeychic Amber Snyder Wei Jiang. A Young Genius.
Nikola Tesla (right) was born in Croatia in 1856 and, from infancy, had remarkable memory and comprehension. As a young man, he studied mathematics and physics at the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria. His extraordinary understanding of electricity, however, would lead to ground-breaking developments in alternating current, or AC, electrically-powered systems that are still used today.
Westinghouse bought Tesla’s patents for his AC systems in hopes that their use would spread across the globe. Westinghouse signed a contract with Tesla that guaranteed Tesla $2.50 for each horsepower of AC that was sold.