He stood a striking 6 feet 2 inches tall, quite unusual for his time.
Known for possessing a photographic memory and being capable of memorizing entire books, Nikola Tesla is remembered for transformational inventions such as the induction motor, electrical power distribution, fluorescent lights, wireless communications, and remote control of mechanical devices.
But of all of Tesla's inventions, there was one that never saw the light of day. It was a revolutionary idea that had the potential to reshape our world in profound ways.
It was also an idea that was more than a century ahead of its time. But now, Tesla's unfinished masterpiece is on the verge of becoming a reality.
Let me explain…
Tesla Meets J.P. Morgan
In March 1901, Tesla received a $150,000 investment (approximately $4.1 million in today's dollars) from one J. Pierpont Morgan (yes, that J.P. Morgan) in exchange for 51% of any wireless patents that might be produced from experiments at a place called Wardenclyffe.
Wardenclyffe was a facility about 10 miles away from Port Jefferson, NY, which is on Long Island. Tesla intended to use the facility to develop the technology to transmit wireless communications across the ocean to Europe.
This was exactly what J.P. Morgan invested in. Morgan wanted the technology so he could charge customers for wireless communications. With the funds from J.P. Morgan, Tesla constructed a quite unusual-looking tower for the time.
Its purpose was supposed to be for "World Telegraphy"… in other words, wireless communications. But Tesla had a different goal. Perhaps it was one even more grand than wireless communications.
Unbeknownst to J.P. Morgan, Tesla wanted to use the tower to demonstrate wireless power distribution… on a very large scale.
Tesla's vision incorporated many of his towers emitting energy throughout the atmosphere. This energy would be utilized by airplanes, automobiles, and even ships designed with special receiving devices to collect the wireless power.
On a large scale, this technology would have allowed ships to travel the seas without ever stopping to refuel. Planes could stay airborne indefinitely, constantly supplied with power from Tesla's towers.
When J.P. Morgan discovered Tesla's ulterior motive, the funding stopped. Eventually this led to the Wardenclyffe facility shutting down. The property was sold off to cover some of Tesla's debts, and sadly, the historical Tesla Tower was torn down as well.
Tesla's Work Is Becoming a Reality
But what many thought to be the ideas of a mad scientist 100 years ago, have become a reality today… As you already know, Tesla's original idea of wireless communications has been with us for years. The mobile phone in your pocket is proof.