Origin and nationality of Nikola TeslaNative language and where did he came from .

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Tesla was one of the most important modern inventors. We have him to thank for many of the moden day conveniences we take for granted. He was a Serbian-American and spoke English too, though he was born in Smiljan in the Croatian Military Frontier of the Austrian empire, now Croatia.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

He was born in what is now Croatia.  However, his parents were Serbs so his native language was Serbian.  At the time that he was born (1856) the area where he was born was part of the empire of Austria-Hungary.

giorgiana1976 | Student

He was born in July 1856, Similian village, commune Gospici province Lica (on the shore of the Adriatic), a compact village inhabited by Istro-Romanians. Teslea was a nick-name of his father, from the basic tool of the carpenter , a tradition for the Istro-Romanian family of his mother .

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