Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 (June 28 Old Style) in Smiljan, Lika – then part of the Austrian Military Frontier, currently in the Republic of Croatia. His father Milutin was a Serbian Orthodox priest. His mother Georgina had a remarkable memory for epic poetry. Nikola’s older brother, Dane, died in a horse-riding accident in 1861. He had three sisters: Milka, Angelina and Marica.
15.07.2014. reiss-institute.org-Nebojsa Malic, by Biljana Dikovic
Following his high-school graduation in 1873, Tesla returned home and caught cholera. He almost died several times, but somehow pulled through; his father – who had wanted Nikola to enter the priesthood – promised at one moment to send him to the best engineering school if only he would live. So Tesla lived, and enrolled in the Graz University of Technology on a Military Frontier scholarship.
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