Lead:  While Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse are remembered for their contributions to the development of electrical power, one of their collaborators has been largely forgotten.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia, today part of the former Yugoslavia. His father was an Orthodox priest and the family of Serbian ancestry. Possessed of a fertile and creative mind and a dreamer's outlook, Tesla was educated at the University of Prague. As a student he conceived of a way to use alternating current in electrical generation. Emigrating to the United States in 1884, Tesla first found employment with Thomas Edison. The two men did not get along. Their temperaments and research methods were not compatible and this led to Tesla's departure after only a few months association.

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