Laboratory Model of Tesla Motor, circa 1889

Summary

Nikola Tesla's name is inseparable from the development of alternating current electricity--particularly with regard to polyphase transmission, but especially with regard to the induction motor. His motor, patented in 1888, was the first practical AC motor. George Westinghouse licensed Tesla's motor patents that same year--enabling the Westinghouse AC lighting system to become a real competitor with direct current systems.

Nikola Tesla's name is inseparable from the development of alternating current electricity--particularly with regard to polyphase transmission, but especially with regard to the induction motor. His motor, patented in 1888, was the first practical AC motor. George Westinghouse licensed Tesla's motor patents that same year--enabling the Westinghouse AC lighting system to become a real competitor with direct current systems.

Artifact

Motor

Date Made

circa 1889

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.1333.175

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Westinghouse Electric Company.

Material

Cast iron
Brass (Alloy)
Cloth

Dimensions

Height: 9 in

Width: 11.5 in

Length: 25 in

Inscriptions

brass plaque: Westinghouse Historical Collection No. 175 handwritten, on motor: M-98

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