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Tesla’s First U.S. Patent

Tesla’s First U.S. Patent
1886

On this day in 1886, Nikola Tesla was awarded his very first US patent for a Commutator for Dynamo Electric Machines. Read the patent’s fascinating description in Tesla’s own words.

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Pivotal Moments in Nikola Tesla’s Life

Explore the inventor's most influential moments and discoveries using our interactive Tesla Timeline.

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