The speaker was a tall, spare man with a clean-cut, thin, refined face and eyes of exceptional keenness. He was sitting at a broad flat-top desk in his office on the twentieth floor of the Metropolitan Tower, and his eyes wandered restlessly in just pride from a photograph of his old friend Lord Kelvin on one wall to a large photograph of electrical streamers rivaling the lightning on the other. The speaker is Nikola Tesla.
"I have produced electrical oscillations which were of such intensity that when circulating through my arms and chest they have melted wires which have joined my hands, and still I have felt no inconvenience."
Tesla and his Wireless Age by Harthur B Reeve
"I have energized with such oscillations a loop of heavy copper so powerfully that masses of metal placed within the loop were heated to high temperature and melted, often with the violence of an explosion. And yet into this space in which the terribly destructive turmoil was going on I have repeatedly thrust my head without feeling anything or experiencing injurious after effects."
Wardenclyffe Tower The 94 by 94 ft (29 m) brick building was designed by architect Stanford White.
Wardenclyffe Tower, also known as the Tesla Tower, which began construction in 1901, was an early wireless transmission station designed by Nikola Tesla in Shoreham, New York and intended for commercial trans-Atlantic wireless telephony, broadcasting, and proof-of-concept demonstrations of wireless power transmissio Besides the tower the site also included a 94 by 94 foot red brick building housing transmission equipment/laboratory/factory floor space.
The site was named after James S. Warden, a western lawyer and banker who had purchased land for the endeavor in Shoreham, Long Island, about sixty miles from Manhattan. Here he built a resort community known as Wardenclyffe-On-Sound. He offered Tesla 200 acres (81 ha) of land close to a railway line on which to build his wireless telecommunications tower and laboratory facility. Warden planned to eventually build housing for 2000-2500 people who would work in a factory producing Tesla's patented devices.
Funding for the project dried up before completion and Wardenclyffe was shut down by 1905. In an attempt to satisfy Tesla's debts the tower was demolished for scrap in 1917 and the property taken in foreclosed in 1922.
Construction Tesla Ready for Business - August 7, 1901 New-York tribune article
Tesla's Wardenclyffe plant on Long Island circa 1902 in partial stage of completion. Work on the 55-foot-diameter (17 m) cupola had not yet begun. There is a coal car parked next to the building.
Tesla began planning the Wardenclyffe Tower facility ca. 1898 and in 1901 construction began on the land near Long Island Sound. Architect Stanford White designed the Wardenclyffe facility main building. The tower was designed by W.D. Crow, an associate of White. Funding for Tesla's project was provided by influential industrialists and other venture capitalists. The project was initially backed by the wealthy J. P. Morgan who had invested $150,000 in the facility (more than $3 million in 2009 dollars). In June 1902, Tesla moved his laboratory operations from his West Houston Street laboratory to Wardenclyffe.
The project ran into many problems. Financiers began investing in Guglielmo Marconi's system which started regular transatlantic transmission in 1903 and seemed to be doing it with far less expensive equipment. By 1903 Tesla's project, still under construction due to numerous design changes, ran out of money and Morgan declined to fund it any further. Some in the press began turning against the project claiming it was a hoax. Tesla tried to generate more interest in Wardenclyffe by revealing its ability to transmit wireless electricity, but Morgan was not interested, and the 1903 "rich man's panic" on Wall Street dried up any further investments. By July 1904, Morgan (and the other investors) finally decided they would not provide any additional financing. In May 1905, Tesla's patents on alternating current motors and other methods of power transmission expired, halting royalty payments and causing a severe reduction of funding to the Wardenclyffe Tower. In an attempt to find alternative funding Tesla advertised the services of the Wardenclyffe facility but he was met with little success. By this time Tesla had also designed the Tesla turbine at Wardenclyffe and produced Tesla coils for sale to various businesses.
Export American Industries ran a story titled "Tesla's Million Dollar Folly" describing the abandoned Wardenclyffe site:
"There everything seemed left as for a day — chairs, desks, and papers in businesslike array. The great wheels seemed only awaiting Monday life. But the magic word has not been spoken, and the spell still rests on the great plant.". The facility's main building was breached and vandalized around this time. Collapse of the Wardenclyffe project may have contributed to the mental breakdown Tesla experienced during this period.
"Tesla Broadcast Tower 1904" by Unattributed(Life time: Unattributed) -
When the tower was put down, and I will use the word "put down" because I am sure that in Nikola's heart it was alive like a huge peaceful beast he helped into being. It is mentioned that the inventor cried all the way back to his dwellings, from seing his fantastic dream put down to its knees. The world was not ready for Tesla's amazing visions . But he very well knew that he was on the brinks of giving the world free power. His vision endures, his thoughts are still traveling, and eventually like a bird in flight his World Wireless System will find the right tree to build its nest, an extraordinary nest of ideas and schemes that will give birth to a new free energy world. DT
Tesla Ready for Business
Tesla discovered that the earth was a very good conductor of electricity and that he could set the earth in electrical oscillation just like the mechanical oscillation that almost caused an earthquake in Manhattan.
Power was supplied to the primary coil by the local power station.
The secondary coil was GROUNDED to the earth, producing waves which traveled to the opposite side of the world.
The returning waves were discharged through the atmosphere.
IN THE NEWS!
Export American Industries ran a story titled "Tesla's Million Dollar Folly" describing the abandoned Wardenclyffe site: "There everything seemed left as for a day — chairs, desks, and papers in businesslike array. The great wheels seemed only awaiting Monday life. But the magic word has not been spoken, and the spell still rests on the great plant." The facility's main building was breached and vandalized around this time. Collapse of the Wardenclyffe project may have contributed to the mental breakdown Tesla experienced during this period.
"I would have been sending messages across the ocean without the use of wires by this time if the public were not so hard to convince that
it could be done..."
TESLA believes that he has discovered a means of pouring electrical energy into the air, as it were, without loss except at the point where a properly tuned instrument will be able to draw it out, at the point where it is needed.
"When the great truth accidentally revealed and experimentally confirmed is fully recognized," he says in speaking of the inventions with which he believes he will make the wireless age a fact, "it will be seen that this planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball, and that by virtue of this fact many possibilities, each baffling imagination and of incalculable consequence, are rendered absolutely sure of accomplishment." Nikola Tesla
IT IS A HUGE MUSHROOM!
This is a huge mushroom shaped tower at Wardenclyffe, Long Island, New York, a place some 60 or so miles out from the city along Long Island Sound. This tower is 185 feet high from the ground to the top of the cupola. The smallest dimension across the base of uprights is 97 feet. The height to the ledge of the cupola is 153 feet, while the cupola itself is 65 feet in diameter. The tower has eight sides, with a staircase and lift for reaching the cupola platform. It is from this cupola that wireless vibrations are to be shot out in any desired voltage to given points scattered over a very wide radius. Not only so, but Tesla dreams of making it a receiving station to which can be transmitted a ceaseless day and night service of millions upon millions of volts from such power plants as those of Niagara. Thence such a force could be transmitted to run the street cars, the elevateds, the subways, the factories, the electric lights, the railroads, the automobiles, the ferries, the trucks, the heaters in the cellars and the clocks in the parlors of the great city of New York.
high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments
Rotating magnetic field
Radio remote control vehicle (torpedo):355
Order of St. Sava, II Class, Government of Serbia (1892)
Elliott Cresson Medal (1894)
Order of Prince Danilo I (1895)
Edison Medal (1916)
Order of St. Sava, I Class, Government of Yugoslavia (1926)
Order of the Yugoslav Crown (1931)
John Scott Medal (1934)
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Order of the White Lion, I Class, Government of Czechoslovakia (1937)
University of Paris Medal (1937)
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