Nikola Tesla was born on 10 July, 1856 in a place called Simljan near Gospić. He was an inventor, electrical engineer , mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before emigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison in New York City. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories and companies to develop a range of electrical devices. Some of his most significant projects and designs were: alternating current, high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments, induction motor, rotating magnetic field, Tesla coil and radio remote control vehicle. He died on 7 January, 1943 in New York. In 1960, in honor of Tesla, the General Conference on Weights and Measures for the International System of Units dedicated the term “tesla” to the SI unit measure for magnetic field strength.