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Nikola Tesla Year 2006

Above: Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) at the age of 38.

150th anniversary of the birth of the great scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla

Preparation for the anniversary in Serbia, Croatia, United States of America, Canada and other countries around the the globe are under way.

The Tesla Memorial Society of New York is congratulating the governments of Serbia/ Montenegro and Croatia for their efforts to make the year 2006, "Nikola Tesla Year".  We also thank the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and many organizations, churches, and societies for their efforts to make 2006, "Nikola Tesla Year".


Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)

tesla1.jpgNikola Tesla (1856-1943) was the genius who lit the world, whose discoveries in the field of alternating polyphase current electricity advanced the United States and the rest of the world into the modern industrial era.

Nikola Tesla had 700 patents in the US and Europe. Tesla's discoveries include the Tesla Coil, fluorescent light,Tesla Statue wireless transmission of electrical energy, radio, remote control, discovery of cosmic radio waves and use of ionosphere for scientific purposes.

Nikola Tesla was a New Yorker, who lived and worked in New York City almost 60 years and died at Hotel New Yorker, in Manhattan, on January 7, 1943.

We here at the Tesla Memorial Society of New York want the world to know of Tesla.  Tesla's impact on our civilization is tremendous, and his memory should be kept alive.

In 1917, Tesla was awarded the Edison Medal, the most coveted electrical prize in the United States.  

Nikola Tesla's name has been honored with an International Unit of Magnetic Flux Density called "Tesla".

The United States Postal Service honored Tesla with a commemorative stamp in 1983.  

Tesla was inducted into the Inventor's Hall of Fame in 1975.

The Nikola Tesla Award is one of the most distinguished honors presented by the Institute of Electrical Engineers.  The award has been given annually since 1976.

The Nikola Tesla Award is presented annually since 1968, at the Area Power Conference, Duluth, Minnesota.  The award is furnished by Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation. 

The Nikola Tesla Statue is located on Goat Island to honor the man whose inventions were incorporated into the Niagara Falls Power Station in 1896.  Tesla is known as the inventor of the polyphase alternating current.

The Nikola Tesla Corner Sign located at the intersection of 40th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, is a constant reminder to all New Yorkers of the greatness of this genius.

Many of the new technologies in the world today, are based on Tesla's ideas.  Tesla spent 50 years of his life to find a way for interplanetary communications, especially with Mars.  He is the first scientist in the world to use the Ionosphere for scientific purposes (The Ionosphere is the upper part the atmosphere under constant bombardment of solar energy, which breaks down molecules into ions causing an ionized shield of our atmosphere, very important for radio communications).

Nikola Tesla is a unifying force for the people of the Balkans, and the people of the previous Austro-Hungary Empire (an area of Europe devoted to science and progress).  Every child in the Balkans knows about Tesla.

We are asking all Tesla admirers and all governments around the world to support the idea "Nikola Tesla Year" in the year 2006.

US Congressional Records

July 1990

Honoring the 134th birthday of Nikola Tesla, US Congressmen's speeches:


Hon. Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley ( Page 1 )

Hon. Robert A. Roe of New Jersey ( Page 1 )

Hon. Leon E. Panetta Dem. of California ( Page 1 | Page 2 )

Hon. George W. Gekas of Pennsylvania ( Page 1 )

Hon. George J. Hochbrueckner of New York ( Page 1 )

Senator Levin from Michigan  ( Page 1 | Page 2

Hon. Eliot L. Engel of New York ( Page 1

Hon. Joel Hefley of Colorado, June 29, 1989 ( Page 1 | Page 2 )

United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield, June 21, 1984 ( Page 1 )


United States Governor's Proclamations,
Proclaiming in their States July 10th, "Nikola Tesla Day"


Governor's Proclamation of New York

Governor's Proclamation of New Jersey

Mayor's Proclamation of New York

Governor's Proclamation of Nevada

Governor's Proclamation Arizona

Governor's Proclamation of Colorado

Governor's Proclamation of New York, Mario Cuomo, Governor, Sept. 6, 1989

Governor's Proclamation of New York, Mario Cuomo, Governor, July 10, 1990

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor Robert P. Casey, July 10, 1989

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor Dick Thornburgh, Sept. 21, 1983

State of Minnesota, Governor Rudy Perpich, June 6, 1984

The City of New York, Mayor David N. Dinkins, January 16, 1993

Niagara County Legislature, Chairman Lee Simonson, January 15, 1991

Colorado Congressman Speech

Congressman's Speech 1 (July 11, 1990, Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee)

Congressman's Speech 2 (July 11, 1990, Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley)

Tesla Coil in Action by Dr. Ljubo Vujovic

Above: Tesla Coil in Action.

Above: Tesla Coil in Action.

Above: Tesla sits below the Tesla Coil in his Colorado Spring Laboratory.  The coil creates millions of volts of electricity with a frequency rate of 100,000 alterations per second.

Tesla Unit

Nikola Tesla's name has been honored with the international unit of magnetic flux density called "Tesla".  All magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines are calibrated with Tesla Unit (from .2 Tesla to 9 Tesla).  MRI machines work on the principle of a homogeneous magnet field.  Nikola Tesla discovered the Rotating Magnetic Field in Budapest, 1882.  The Tesla Unit for magnetism was established in 1956 in the Rathaus of Munich, Germany by the International Electrotechnical Commission Committee in Action.

Because of the tremendous importance of the MRI technology and widespread use of the MRI machines around the world, which are all calibrated in Tesla Units, Tesla's name connected with the MRI will be known more and more in the future and the years to come.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is extremely important for medical diagnosis of internal organs of the human body, especially the diagnosis of cancer, tumors, degenerative diseases of the brain and spinal cord. The modern diagnosis of the internal organs of the human body would be today unthinkable without MRI.  MRI machines are  widespread with many variations in size and capacity all around the world.  The revenue of MRI machines sales was 1.46 billion dollars in 2002.  Revenue for MRI machine sales is expected to increase in the following years.

MRI employs a strong homogeneous magnetic field and specific radio frequency to which many elements, especially hydrogen nuclei respond with radio frequency signals.  These signals are analyzed by computer reconstruction algorithms.  The healthy tissue and pathological tissue have different radio frequency signals and produce different images on MRI.  Therefore enable us to make diagnosis of pathological tissues of the body.

MRI has the advantage over CT scan, it uses no ionizing radiation and does not cause cumulative harm.  The only contraindication of those related to the high magnetic field.  Magnetic-sensitive objects like pacemakers, watched and magnetic tapes are contraindicated.

A Short History of the MRI (Click here for article)


Tesla Named 1 of 100 Greatest Men in History by Life Magazine


One of the planets in the universe named "Tesla" by
Dr. James Corum

1. "Tesla" Asteroid - a small celestial body that revolves around the sun, who's orbits lie chiefly between Mars and Jupiter.

Above: Asteroids - small planets between Mars and Jupiter, revolving around the sun.

Above: Asteroids - small planets between Mars and Jupiter, revolving around the sun.

(dictionary.com) Asteroid - Any of numerous small celestial bodies that revolve around the sun, with orbits lying chiefly between Mars and Jupiter and characteristic diameters between a few and several hundred kilometers. Also called minor planet, planetoid.

The planet "Tesla", named after the great Nikola Tesla, is listed at the "Minor Planet Center" at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University founded at:


The "Tesla" Planet is #2244, the list is alphabetical, look under "Tesla".  The list was last updated on April 8, 2005.

2. Tesla Crater on the Moon

One of the craters on the moon is named after Nikola Tesla.  The crater is located on the moon at:  Latitude 124.7E; Longitude 38.5N  and has a diameter of 43 kilometers. (If these coordinates had been on the earth, you would be located at the position of Korea, since the zero meridian is located at Greenwich England. I'll have to check back to see where the zero meridian is taken for lunar coordinates.)
This information is given at:

The data is given in the format:   Tesla  38.5N 124.7E 43.0
If you click on the word "Tesla" it will take you to a NASA photo of the backside of the moon, taken from an elevation of 1000 km, looking directly down on the Tesla crater from above. (Crater "Tesla" is exactly in the center of this photo.) You can "zoom" in for a closer look at the actual photo of the Tesla crater by clicking below the photo, but the photo loses resolution.

The Crater is also listed (under "Tesla") on the NASA page
which identifies the crater as named for "Nikola Tesla(1856-1943)" . . . which only gets the story partly right.


Thank to our board member, James Corum for this information.



Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. recognizes Nikola Tesla

Smithsonian Institute is the biggest and greatest American museum.

Photos from the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., the greatest American Museum

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex with 17 museums and galleries, the National Zoo and nine research centers.  The collections are vast, some 143.5 million objects - some of America's most significant artistic, scientific and historic treasures.  Nikola Tesla is presented well in the Smithsonian Institution.  Tesla Memorial Society of New York is grateful to the Smithsonian Institution for the beautiful presentation of Tesla's contribution to humanity.

Above: Dr. Ljubo Vujovic, Secretary General, Tesla Memorial Society of New York in front of the Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of American History), Washington D.C. on January 21, 2005.

Nikola Tesla is well represented in the Smithsonian Institution

Above: Nikola Tesla's biography displayed in the Smithsonian Institution.


Above: Niagara Falls, New York - the first great hydroelectric power plant in the world, 1895.

Above: Nikola Tesla participated with his patents in the construction of the first big generators for polyphase currents as testified by the plate from one of the generators of the Niagara Plant (1895) which lists 13 of Tesla's patents, all used in the construction of Niagara Falls Power Plant.

Above: Dr. Ljubo Vujovic by the satellite photo of the "Earth at Night".  A testimony to Tesla's contribution to our civilization.  Tesla's Alternating Current is lighting the globe.  Tesla is the genius who lit the world.

There is an impressive display of photos and text about Niagara Falls Hydro-Electric Power Plant which Nikola Tesla designed and George Westinghouse financed and finished in 1895. Niagara Falls was the final victory of Tesla's Alternating Current (AC) Electricity over Edison's Direct Current (DC) Electricity.  Niagara Falls marked a new era of electricity in the world.  The electrification of America and the world has begun after Niagara Falls Power Plant.

Above: Dr. Ljubo Vujovic, Secretary General, Tesla Memorial Society of New York with his son Marko Vujovic, Web Designer of teslasociety.com, visited the Smithsonian Institution, January 21, 2005.  They made the photos of Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., a presentation of Nikola Tesla's achievements.

Above: A photograph of the building of Niagara Falls.

Tesla's Induction Motor

Tesla's induction motor revolutionized the industry and house-hold appliances in the 19th and 20th century.  It was proclaimed one of the ten greatest inventions of all times.  It uses electrical energy to produce mechanical energy and replaced manual labor in factories.  Everything which moves in the electrical field of various machines and house-hold appliances is powered by Tesla's induction motor. 

Above and Below: Tesla AC induction motor.


Above: Tesla Induction Motor in house-hold appliances.