The room celebrates the life and work of Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-born American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist and futurist, best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current of electrical supply system. Tesla’s achievements literally brought light to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and helped bring electricity into homes around the world which we use to this day. On August 6, 2013, Rahm Emanuel, Major of the City of Chicago declared the Nikola Tesla Day in Chicago at the opening of “The Genius Spark of Nikola Tesla” exhibit.
Navy Pier Exhibit, Chicago, Aug. 2011
Were we to seize and eliminate from our industrial world the results of Mr. Tesla’s work, the wheels of industry would cease to turn, our electric cars and trains would stop, our towns would be dark, our mills would be dead and idle… His name marks an epoch in the advance of electrical science. From that work has sprung a revolution.
VP of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Mr. Behrend while presenting Tesla with the Edison medal.