Nikola Tesla - The Man of Inventions

Explore the life and achievements of Nikola Tesla, one of the most outstanding engineers and scientists of all times.


Course outline

This lecture is dedicated to Nikola Tesla’s 75th anniversary of his death. The lecture presents his life and achievements in science and technology. Nikola Tesla was a visionary genius whose sometimes radical ideas established the basis for many things that now power our world with energy and information. His technological achievements became an integral part of our civilization and our daily life.

Without his inventions of the polyphase alternating current system, the widespread electrification that touched the majority of people on the planet would not have been possible. In writings about Tesla, one often finds statements such as that he “invented the twentieth century” or “the twenty-first century”, or even that he “invented the future”.

Beside the polyphase alternating current energy transmission, he invented motors and generators, radio apparatus based on the use of resonance, remote control, neon and fluorescent lightning and hundreds of other devices which can be found in more than 700 of Tesla’s patents.  Tesla is one of only two Americans to have a unit of electrical measurement named in his honour.

His work and achievements have inspired millions of scientists and engineers all over the world in the last 2 centuries to believe that anything we can imagine can be accomplished. His obsession of exploiting the power of nature passed a long way from the accomplished idea of using power on the Earth, through the idea of using the power of the Earth as a planet, towards the vision of using the power of the Universe.


  • Thursday 24 May, 10am – 12pm
  • $35.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Stevan Berber

Seminar presenter

Dr Stevan Berber

Dr Stevan Berber

Associate Professor

Dr Stevan Berber is an Associate Professor at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. He is an author of more than 180 peer-reviewed journal and international conference papers, 11 books and 5 book chapters. Over the last 10 years he has supervised more than 120 students doing PhD, ME, MESTU, summer research or final year projects.

He was born in Serbia in 1950 from parents of Serbian origin from Dalmatia. Before immigrating to New Zealand he had 21 years of distinguished service with the Ministry of Defence and Electronic Industry in Serbia, advancing to a leading researcher and the chief engineer for electronic systems.

After his arrival to New Zealand, Stevan was appointed senior tutor at the University of Auckland and started his PhD studies. Having completed the studies in electrical engineering he was appointed lecturer at the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department in 2001. His Doctoral degree achieved in Auckland was recognised at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia and Stevan was granted doctoral degree in technical sciences in the field of computer engineering and computer communications followed by the adjunct associate professor appointment. He was also appointed a visiting professor and a visiting scholar at a number of universities in Europe, China and Australia.

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