by Timothy Green Beckley
There is a teacher named John W.
Wagner who thinks that the Smithsonian Institute is playing
favorites. After studying the remarkable life of Nikola Tesla,
Wagner, along with his third grade class, started a campaign to
educate the world about the obscure electrical genius from
Wagner and his class wrote many letters to important people
asking for their support. A former student persuaded her father,
an accomplished sculptor, to create a bust of Tesla for their
A Third Grade requirement is to learn cursive handwriting, so
their class work now had a purpose...writing letters to raise
money for their Tesla bust. Unfortunately, most people had never
heard of Nikola Tesla. And those who had, seemed not to want to
In fact, when the bust of Tesla was finished, Wagner and his
class of eager students offered it to the Smithsonian Institute
in Washington, DC. Dr. Bernard
S. Finn, (Curator of the Division of Electricity and Modern
Physics) refused, claiming he had no use for the bust.
They could not understand why the Smithsonian would have no use
for a $6,000 bust of such a great American and world-class
scientist. After all, Tesla was no slouch. Much of our modern
technology owes its beginnings to Tesla. In 1882 he made the
discovery that changed the world ! harnessing the awesome power
of Alternating Current (AC).
In 1888 Tesla obtained U.S. patents covering an entire system of
polyphase AC that remains unchanged in principle today. Tesla
then promptly sold all of his patents to George Westinghouse, an
acquisition that made the Westinghouse Company the giant it is
Westinghouse and Tesla were consummate friends, but after
Westinghouse died in 1913, the company forgot about its chief
benefactor and Tesla fell victim to hard times. Tesla died
January 7, 1943, alone, and all but forgotten, in a New York
hotel room, paid for by a meager stipend provided by the
Today, industries prosper and flourish, the world surges from
the power his fertile mind created, radios blare with news and
music, their transmission made possible by his great intellect,
all telling us that the forgotten genius, Nikola Tesla, was
Tesla is preceded in greatness only by Michael Faraday who in
1831 rocked the scientific world with his discovery that
magnetism can produce electricity, if it is accompanied by
Faraday discovered the principle, but not how to make it power
the world; Tesla alone accomplished this singular feat. Tesla is
one of only two Americans to have a unit of electrical
measurement named in his honor. Names for units of electrical
measurement are derived by using the names of scientists who
made the greatest contributions in electrical science, forming
perhaps the most elite group in the world.
Throughout the entire history of electrical science only fifteen
men worldwide have received this honor. Tesla is one of these
great men. In addition, Tesla received fifteen honorary degrees
from famous universities worldwide, including Yale and Columbia
in the United States.
He also received fourteen Awards of Merit from other world class
Dr. David L. Goodstein, Vice Provost and Professor of Physics at
California Institute of Technology, calls Tesla one of the
"Saints of Science" and equates him to Leonardo Da Vinci.
Tesla is the greatest inventor the world has ever forgotten. He
is also the greatest inventor the Smithsonian has swept under
the carpet. The Smithsonian's curator essentially credits Edison
for our worldwide system of electricity. He also credits Marconi
for the invention of radio.
This is a deliberate assault on factual history and needs to be
challenged. The United States Patent Office and the U.S. Supreme
Court view things a little differently over the much distorted
history the Smithsonian publicizes.
Tesla holds over forty U.S. patents (circa 1888) covering our
entire system of Polyphase Alternating Current (AC). These
patents are so novel that nobody could ever challenge them in
The Direct Current (DC) system Edison used in his much touted
Pearl Street generating station was invented by others before
his time; he merely copied the work of others to promote his
business enterprise... and the Smithsonian wants you to believe
he was America's 'King of Electricity.'
There is simply no evidence to support this claim. The U.S.
Supreme Court, in a landmark decision dated June 21, 1943, Case
No. 369, overturned Marconi's basic patent for the invention of
radio because Tesla's patent on the four-tuned circuit predated
Marconi's patent. Marconi had simply copied Tesla's work.
Tesla's four-tuned circuits two on the receiving side and two on
the transmitting side, secured by U.S. patents #645,576 and
#649,621) were the basis of the U.S. Supreme Court decision
(Case #369 decided June 21,1943) to overturn Marconi's basic
patent on the invention of radio.
Marconi merely demonstrated Tesla's invention, but the gullible
media and the greedy industry that followed perpetuate a myth
that Marconi invented radio. Who do you believe has more
credibility... the industries that promote their own businesses,
or the U.S. Supreme Court?
Marconi's two-tuned circuit system was the same as that advanced
by Heinrich Hertz and was no more a viable system of radio than
that advanced by Mahlon Loomis in 1872... long before Hertz or
If you visit the Smithsonian, next to Edison's bust you will see
Tesla's invention that revolutionized the world -drawing of
Tesla's rotating magnetic field device, giving us polyphase AC
and the AC motor.
Tesla's U.S. patent number is on his invention, but you wont
find any recognition for Tesla. When Dr. Bernard S. Finn was
asked why he had placed Edison's bust on display next to Tesla's
invention, he said the sculptor was a phrenologist and wanted to
examine the bumps on Edison's head; this made it authentic.
Edison used Direct Current (DC), a technology invented and
developed by others, before his time, as a means of powering his
incandescent lamp. Big business and the media have exaggerated
this story so much that now everyone believes Edison is the
father of our system of electrical power.
The Smithsonian Book of Invention is an extra-large hardcover
book almost 7/8 of an inch thick. Many inventors and their
inventions are shown and their impact on civilization discussed
-including Edison, Marconi, Archie Bunker, and Colonel Sanders.
Tesla and his epic-causing discoveries are omitted.
Dr. Bernard S. Finn is Curator and first author of this
Smithsonian publication. In his section entitled: The Beginning
of the Electrical Age, he names forty-three contributors to the
science of electricity. Mr. Edison's name is cited many times
along with his photographs, but Nikola Tesla's name is omitted.
Equally outrageous is the Niagara Falls power station picture of
Tesla's AC generators on the last page. . .and Dr. Finn's
"When the Niagara Falls power station began
operating in 1895, it signaled the final major act in the
revolutionary drama that began in Menlo Park in the fall of
By this time the totally brainwashed reader is led to believe
that our electrical world started with Mr. Edison at Menlo Park,
and then he finished electrifying America in 1895 by creating
the Niagara Falls power station. Yet it was Tesla's
U.S. patents that were used in that power plant's creation and
Edison had no role in the project.
Edison actually fought the adoption of AC bitterly by waging his
infamous War of the Currents, culminating in his creation of the
first electric chair in an attempt to frighten people away from
the use of Tesla's AC system of electricity.
Despite attempts to relegate Tesla to the back pages of history,
there has been a growing wave of interest in the man and his
great works. Some of this interest stems from Tesla's comments
made in his later years concerning exotic inventions and
fantastic tales of Death Rays and communicating with
It is now known that various governments were extremely
interested in Tesla's ideas for weapons and limitless energy. So
much so that after his death, the U.S. military confiscated
boxes full of Tesla's research and writings.
Much of this material has never been revealed to the public.
What is not so widely known is that Tesla often suffered from
financial difficulties, forcing him to move from hotel to hotel
as his debt increased. Many times Tesla had to move, leaving
crates of his belongings behind. The hotels would hold on to
Tesla's possessions for awhile, but would eventually have to
auction them off in order to repay Tesla's outstanding bills.
Often these sold off boxes contained notes outlining some new
invention or speculations on developing technology. How much was
lost over the years no one will ever know. However, some
material escaped the clutches of obscurity and has recently
resurfaced after being separated and stored for decades.
This new book examines some of this lost science, as well as
shocking new details of Tesla's life as written by himself in
long forgotten notes. These explosive journals, if true, could
show that Tesla was indeed the first man to receive
communications from life forms not of this planet!
These communications so frightened Tesla that he spent the
remaining years of his life secretly dedicated to discovering
the true purpose of the alleged extraterrestrials -and devising
new technologies to enable mankind to protect itself from
possible enslavement from a race of creatures that once called
Earth home, and humankind their children.
Timothy Green Beckley
"We are whirling through endless
space, with an inconceivable speed, all around us everything is
spinning, everything is moving, everywhere there is energy.
There must be some way of availing ourselves of this energy more
directly. Then, with the light obtained from the medium, with
the power derived from it, with every form of energy obtained
without effort, from the store forever inexhaustible, humanity
will advance with giant strides. The mere contemplation of these
magnificent possibilities expands our minds, strengthens our
hopes and fills our hearts with supreme delight."
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