In his youth, the genius mind met the man who is perhaps the most responsible for what Nikola Tesla became. He led him on the path of science, instilled a love for research work…
Particularly important in Tesla’s education was professor Martin Sekulic, who taught physics and mechanical engineering, and led an excellent physics office. It is known that this cabinet was built in 1880/81. had even 579 devices that impressed the young Tesla!
Tesla, enthusiastic about various vivid experiments, especially with electricity, became (unofficially) Sekulic’s assistant for their preparation and execution. We can only imagine what an honor it was for young Nikola.
Under the influence of his professor Martin Sekulic, Tesla decided to study engineering. Because of this, Sekulic had a very prominent place in his education and the awakening of his interest in scientific and research topics. And not only that. After his education in Karlovac, Nikola Tesla was excellently prepared for the study of technology and for his later career.
How important Professor Sekulić was to him, Nikola Tesla writes in his biography about his high school days spent from 1870 to 1873 (from the age of fourteen to seventeen) in Rakovac:
“I became very interested in electricity, stimulated by the influence of my physics professor, who was a man of genius, and often demonstrated the basic laws with apparatuses that he would invent himself. I remember a device in the form of a glass balloon, wrapped in tinfoil, which rotated rapidly when connected to an electrostatic machine. I can’t even begin to explain to you my excitement while I was present at his experiments with this mysterious phenomenon. Each experiment produced thousands of echoes in my mind. I wanted to know more about this extraordinary power; I longed for an experiment, for research, but I surrendered to fate with a heavy heart.”