Skip to comments.Nikola Tesla's Youngest Descendant, Serbian Refugee
Posted on 12/22/2009 2:06:44 AM PST by kronos77
Her name is Danijela Tesla, she is 18-years-old and lives in Smederevo, Serbian town near Belgrade. She is the youngest descendant of the “man who invented 20th century”, Serbian-born American immigrant Nikola Tesla.
Ever since the world’s greatest inventor — also regarded as “the greatest genius” that ever lived — closed his eyes in New York hotel on 7 January 1943, Tesla’s name and revolutionary inventions have been the subject of vicious contention between the governments, state officials and institutions, nations and corporations.
Recently, Walt Disney studio which wants to create a Tesla character for one sequence of their new animated film, had to ask Belgrade Nikola Tesla Museum — the only legal copyright owner of Tesla’s name and work — for permission. On the other hand, Croat designer Dragica Mihajlovic believes it is her God-given right to claim personal ownership of “all of Tesla’s intellectual-property rights”, an issue Tesla Museum intends to clear up.
Son of Serbian Orthodox priest Fr. Milutin Tesla and Đuka Mandić (herself a daughter of Serbian Orthodox priest, Fr. Nikola Mandić), Tesla was born on 10 July 1856 in Serbian Krajina (also known as Military Frontier — Vojna Krajina) in Austro-Hungary, today’s Croatia, which was populated with Serbian soldiers and their families by the Hapsburg Monarchy in 16th century, along the border with Ottoman Empire, as the last line of Western defense against the Turks.
Tesla, who was proud of his Serbian nationality and Orthodox heritage, said his “most exiting thought” in the struggle to achieve his ideals “on behalf of the whole of humanity,” was the fact “that it is a deed of a Serb”.
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Think about it....where would we be without it?
Danijela Tesla, great inventors youngest descendant, was only 5-years-old when she was forced to flee Croatia, along with all the Serbs from Krajina
We’d be using six-volt batteries for indoor lighting...
All going in the same direction?
Think of a Piston in a Motor.....it moves up and down in a cycle.
The same with AC....its piston like power cycle doesn’t move the electrons very far, but, their movement is “powerful” of course depending on the amperage involved.
Direct Current (DC) on the other hand looses power over distance because of resistance....because it does “Flow” in one direction.
Tesla was ripped off by Westinghouse, Edison and JP Morgan who “bought” AC from him for a dime.
I agree that Tesla and the Scottish Mathematician-Physicist, James Clerk Maxwell (discoverer of Scalar physics) are relatively under appreciated given the amazing significance of their inventions/discoveries.
They do look alike! No DNA needed to prove family connections.
Still, I wonder about that death ray....
The big advantage of AC over DC is the ease at which the voltage can be stepped up or down using transformers instead of rotary converters or electronic methods.
Power transmission (both AC and DC) is best done at the highest practical voltage. For the same amount of transmitted power, at a higher voltage the current is smaller and therefore resistance losses are smaller. The conductors can also be smaller.
DC transmission generally experiences smaller losses than AC, but the cost tradeoffs between infrastructure and maintenance versus efficiency usually support the AC case, though the differences have narrowed as high-voltage, high-power solid-state inverters have become practical.
At the end-user point, the advantages of AC are overwhelming.
And, yes, Tesla was ripped off in a major way.
I learned something today.
David Bowie did a good job portraying Tesla in “The Prestigue”, which was a great flick. Of course, never having met Tesla, I just have an image in my head to go on. So, all an actor has to do is come off as brilliant, mysterious, and slightly creepy.
There is truth in what you say.
Bowie did indeed give a good performance in that film, I enjoyed it a lot.... I will never forget the scene where they discover all the hats on the ground outside the laboratory. :-)
The scene where the truth behind Robert Angier’s (Hugh Jackman’s) trick was pretty heavy too. Talk about making sacrifices for your craft! It was a nice twist how Angier kept his identity as Lord Caldlow a secret too. Though most of the film I keep wondering: Where is he getting the money to do this?
I’m partial to the Earthquake Machine as featured on Myth Busters.
Tesla....he invented tomorrow!
There are a lot of Mandic's in the Chicago area.
"It is not surprising that Croats, who generally feel no shame over misappropriating the great inventors name and ethnic roots, see no contradiction in claiming Nikola Tesla as their own on the one hand and, on the other, committing monstrous genocides twice in 20th century against Teslas kith and kin the Serbian population in Krajina."
"Teslas descendants are a living proof of Croat hypocrisy and shamelessness, among them Danijela, who was only 5-years-old when Croat army under Franjo Tudjman launched another pogrom on Krajina Serbs, codenamed operation Storm (Oluja), in 1995. Without a father who passed away two years before, Danijela was forced to flee her village Raduč, where all the Teslas come from, with her mother Milka and more than 250,000 other Krajina Serbs. Their family house was dynamited and torched by the raging Croat army, but Danijela Tesla managed to reach Serbia."
Tesla was born to Serbian parents in the village of Smiljan, Austrian Empire near the town of Gospić, found in the territory of modern day Croatia.
His family moved to Gospić in 1862.
Tesla went to school in Karlovac.
Tesla then studied electrical engineering at the Austrian Polytechnic in Graz (1875).
Tesla was later persuaded by his father to attend the Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague, which he attended for the summer term of 1880.
In 1936, Tesla wrote in a telegram to Vladko Maček: "I'm equally proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian homeland. Long live all Yugoslavs."
These are facts. He was born of Serbian parents, raised in Croatia, and educated in Croatia and the Austrian Empire. Tesla was a brilliant man whose memory should not be dragged into the pit of ethnic hatred. He himself did not harbor this hatred.
There was no Croatia at that time.
Tesla referred to Croatia as his "Fatherland".
That’s like saying Croatia was part of the Roman Empire, that’s nonsense.
There was no Croatia at that time, there was only Austro-Hungarian empire.
Too bad Tesla was a pinko.
Dalmatia and Pannonia were part of the Roman Empire. Croatia has existed since the arrival of the Croatians in the 7th century. The first Croatian Kingdom was established in 925 AD. Whether it was part of a larger entity or not does not mean that it did not exist. Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina still existed as part of Yugoslavia.
This article lacks facts.
Nikola had ZERO descendants (never married nor procreated). Any Tesla or Mandic’/h relatives alive today were only produced by his siblings/cousins.
Re: quote from article “ My father Dane is Nikola Teslas grand-grandchild Nikola Teslas first cousin is the grand-grandfather of my father, Danijela explains quietly, and only if asked. “..... NOBODY is Tesla’s grand-grand child. He had ZERO children. Then she continues to contradict herself saying Teslas cousin is the grand grandfather.
I am a descendant from his mother’s brother - Mandic’ (Mandich) family. I have met and keep contact with true Tesla relatives. This article is complete bubkis.