Tesla was born in what is now Croatia, in 1856, and came to America in 1884, when he was 28 years of age, and soon began to work with Thomas Edison. He sold several patent rights, including those to his alternating-current machinery, to George Westinghouse. His 1891 invention, the "Tesla coil," is still used in radio technology today.
Nikola Tesla, the genius who lit the world
"It's a sad, sad story," Larry Page, Google's co-founder, said of Tesla in a 2008 interview with Forbes magazine. "[Tesla] couldn't commercialize anything. He could barely fund his own research."
Tesla died on January 7th, 1943 in the Hotel New Yorker, where he had lived for the last ten years of his life.
Room 3327 on the 33rd floor…
Tesla died all alone in New York City on January 7, 1943.