The induction motor is one of the most important invent […]
The induction motor is one of the most important inventions in modern history. It turned the wheels of progress at a new speed and officially kicked off the second industrial revolution by drastically improving energy generation efficiency and making the long-distance distribution of electricity possible. Today, not only do the machines turn on the lights in your home but also power many mechanical gadgets people take for granted, from vacuum cleaners and electric toothbrushes to that classy Tesla Motors Model S.
The first induction motor was invented by the famed Nikola Tesla in 1887 at his workshop on 89 Liberty Street, New York. This gifted inventor is said to have had a vision of his A-C motor one sunny day in Budapest, 1882, while reciting stanzas from Goethe’s Faust.
In the summer of 1883, while in Paris, Tesla built his first actual induction motor and saw it run. Tesla sailed for America in 1884, arriving in New York, with four cents in his pocket, a few of his own poems, and calculations for a flying machine. After a few odd jobs, he got employed by Thomas Edison who tasked him with improving the dynamo for his DC motor. Neither Edison nor Edison’s investors were interested in Tesla’s plans for alternating current.