By Robert Lomas
Published Jan 2010
Everybody knows that Thomas Edison devised electric light, that Guglielmo Marconi thought up radio and George Westinghouse built the world’s first hydro-electric power station.
However, one man alone dreamt up these things: Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American scientist, who also invented inter alia the fluorescent light, seismology and a worldwide data communication network which prefigured the internet. He is without doubt this century’s greatest unsung scientific hero.