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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 9/14/2006
Transferred use of the surname Tesla. This was the surname of Serbian-American inventor, physicist, and engineer Nikola Tesla (1856-1943). He was the first to harness, control, direct, and manipulate electricity. His inventions and research laid the groundwork for the modern alternating current electricity supply system. His work was all but forgotten after his death, but he started to gain recognition in the 1990's.