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Despite his accomplishments, by 1915, at age 60, Tesla was living on credit and drifting from one cheap hotel another, a victim of his own poor business decisions, underdeveloped ideas and inability to create another innovation as profound as the AC paradigm. In 1931, at the age of 75, Tesla received birthday greetings from Lee de Forest and Albert Einstein. In his later years he spent most of his time at the New York Public Library or feeding pigeons that he called- "my sincere friends".

By 1943, he had begun suffering heart trouble and fainting spells along with some mental confusion. On January 1st, 1943 he complained of chest pains during an experiment and returned to the hotel room where he lived. The last person to see him alive was a hotel maid on January 5th, 1943. It is assumed that he died January 7th, 1943 in New York City and his body was discovered on the following day. Over 2,000 people attended his funeral in Manhattan. So, at age 86, the great inventor died alone, nearly penniless and all but forgotten. Years earlier, however, Tesla had appeared to predict the posthumous recognition that today's scientific community would afford him when he wrote: "Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments." And what accomplishments they were, Dr. Tesla. The world would be a very dark place, without you. For more startling insight into Dr. Tesla's amazing accomplishments, see the companion article: Nikola Tesla And His Work With Alternating Currents .

"The present is theirs ; the future, for which I really work, is mine." Nikola


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