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Why is the great inventor Nikola Tesla not credited with making electric lighting possible and instead people name Edison or Ben Franklin with his kite?

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November 29, 2009 7:07PM

This is more of a political/social issue than one of science. Though no one can speak for the general public to say why these individuals are not familiar with Tesla, one obvious reason for this phenomenon is that public schools teach about Franklin and Edison, but they make no mention of Tesla.

The reason may be Tesla's bad business sense. Tesla got little money or recognition for his many patents, and this may have also contributed to Edison's domination of the market in spite of his inferior technology. As in many historical cases, fame has come from commercial promotion of an individual.