How Popular Was Tesla?
He was no movie star, but his accomplishments were noted regularly in New York and regional papers.
Scientists, obviously, knew of his works, even if they didn’t understand them. One commented: “His work has been of such an advanced order of electrical application that comparatively few have a clear idea as to just what he has accomplished.
Yet he also obtained a popular following. According to the New York World, a shopkeeper “lowers his voice when he speaks of Mr. Tesla, as Boston cab drivers used to lower their voices in speaking of (the revered, Irish-American boxer) John L. Sullivan.”
That said, inventors like Edison and Marconi are far better know. This book is an attempt to help Nikola Tesla be accorded the fame he deserves.
Tesla: Inventor of the Modern