Homeless in Vancouver: The long arm of electricity

Tuesday (January 7) will mark 71 years since Nikola Tesla died in Manhattan, New York City, at his suite in the New Yorker Hotel in 1943.

Tesla was a Serbian-born American electrical engineer and a prolific inventor. He is the father of the system of alternating current and long-range electrical power transmission, which underpins pretty much everything else.

But for Tesla’s monumental creative and technical act of conceiving and designing an entire practical AC system for generating and transmitting electrical power, the world might have followed Thomas Edison down the road of Direct Current, with power generating stations located within blocks of one another.

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