LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 6, page 2 of 9)


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Chapter 6

"Mr. Brown, I can't thank you enough. This is a wonderful opportunity and I'm sure you'll be proud of being part of my company."

Mr. Brown extends his hand and Nikola gets up and politely bows.

The Tesla Electric Company is established in Rahway, New Jersey in 1887, fairly close to Edison's laboratory. Many pieces of equipment are neatly aligned on workbenches, cathode tubes, Tesla coils, etc. George Westinghouse, the founder of the Westinghouse Corporation, is very friendly with Nikola Tesla and is visiting him.

Tesla tells him, "I've just submitted the patents for the automatic control system, the dynamos and motor. Next month I should be ready for the transformer patent."

"I'll give you $1,000,000 cash for the alternating currents patent plus royalties," offers George Westinghouse.

"George, if you'll make the royalty $1.00 per volt sold, I will accept the offer."

"You'll have a check in a few days." George Westinghouse is intrigued with all the apparatus. "Sure looks like you've got something the world can appreciate."

A few months later the Johnsons and George Westinghouse are in the Judge's Chambers while Tesla is receiving his citizenship papers.

The Judge says, "We proudly welcome you as one of our citizens."

"I am proud to be an American citizen and hope the American people will be proud to have me."

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It is 1893. Thomas Edison is reading The Scientific News and comes across the information that Tesla made an agreement with Westinghouse on the alternating current system for the Chicago World Fair. He throws the magazine down on the floor and jumps up angrily, "Nellie, Nellie! Come here at once!"

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