Editorial: Tesla's Achievements In Vacuum Tube Lighting

Wednesday, May 20, 1896
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. The Emcrarcsr. Ravraw has from the outset closely followed the prom- ising work of Nikola Tesla. We had the privilege of announcing in 1886, for the iirst time, Tesla’s investiga- tions in a system of electric lighting. Early in 1888 we were the first to announce his epochal discovery of the multiphase system of power trans- mission, and since that time it has been our pleasant duty to keep our readers well informed on the various subjects of his important researches, of which we only mention his latest contributions to the great discoveries of Roentgen, which were exclusively published in our columns. It is, there- fore, no small satisfaction for us to now first record another signincantadvan ce of this indefatigable worker. Ever since Tesla showed in his memorable lecture before the American Institute ol' Electrical Engineers, five years ago, the fascinating experiments with vacuum tubes, he has nntiringly labored un, simplifying and improv- his methods, not for a moment di- verted by other tasks-nor even discouraged by so great a calamity as the recent destruction of his labora- tory-from the problem of producing au eliicient and practical system of electrical illumination. No more impressive result of Tesla’s earnest efforts could be shown than that which is outlined in our present issue. The portrait of the great inventor, which, especially in view oi the extraordinary way in which it was obtained will not fail to interest the scientific world, is a striking illustration of what be has done. Surely, since he has produced a vacuum tube which is capable of supplyingany volume of light desired, even' more than a powerful arc light, we can not hesitate to express our positive conviction that the introduc- tion of a more perfect illuminant is near at hand.