Professor Emeritus Anthony Arrott
Department of Physics, SFU
Tesla and Edison according to Henry Ford
View a video of the presentation here: https://vimeo.com/69043033
My talk starts with the story that was told by Henry Ford to my
friend Max Irland about an episode in 1885 of Nikola Tesla with Tom
Edison. It ends with 1895 when Tesla, at the height of his achievements
and fame, loses everything in a disastrous fire. While rebuilding his
laboratory he finds scientific shelter in Edison's old laboratory.
Tesla, in ten years that he changed the world, is described in the
sources of that time. An epilogue is Tesla today as folk and Serbian
national hero and as inspiration for biographies, novels, movies, opera,
dance, science fiction and a fancy automobile. Throughout the 20th
Century engineering marvels have been reported that reference Tesla's
imagination. There was ever only one Tesla. He sparkled like no one
before or since.
Dr. Arrott's research is in the field of ferro- and
antiferromagnetism, particularly in iron and chromium and their
associated alloys. This research has application to memory materials
such as those used in computers. Other interests include: engineering
metals; new phases of transition elements; magnetism; molecular beam
epitaxy; ultrathin magnetic films, iron whiskers and fine particles.