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TESLA, Nikola.
Light and other High Frequency Phenomena. A lecture delivered before the National Electric Light Association at its Sixteenth Convention held at St. Louis, MO, February 28th, March 1st and 2d, 1893.
[New York: James Kempster Printing Company for the National Electric Light Association, 1893]. First edition. First edition, extremely rare offprint, inscribed by Tesla to the great American astronomer George Ellery Hale, of this famous lecture. "At St. Louis [Tesla] made the first public demonstration ever of radio communication, although Marconi is generally credited with having achieved this feat in 1895" (Cheney, p. 68). "What Tesla described in this lecture should be taken to be the foundation of radio engineering" (Sarkar, p. 271). By virtue of this 1893 lecture, Tesla was recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as discovering radio: "In a lecture-demonstration given in St. Louis in the same year - two years before Marconi's first experiments - Tesla also predicted wireless communication; the apparatus that he employed contained all the elements of spark and continuous wave that were incorporated into radio" (Pratt, p. 1107). Tesla also anticipated in this lecture the 1902 discovery of the ionosphere by Heaviside and its use for radio propagation (Seifer, p. 105). "He was an inventor, an engineer, a scientist and an oddball ... more than any one man, Nikola Tesla is responsible for the twentieth century" (Hunt, introduction to Nikola Tesla: My Inventions and Other Writings (2011)). In his speech presenting Tesla with the Edison medal in 1917, B. A. Behrend, Vice President of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, stated: "Were we to seize and eliminate from our industrial world the result of Mr. Tesla's work, the wheels of industry … [Click Below for Full Description]
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