One of the most least known inventors of the Gilded age, Nikola Tesla, invented the first alternating current motor, part of the radio, and a remote control vehicle. He didn't start out as a great inventor though. Nikola Tesla was born in 1856 in modern day Smiljan Croatia. He would memorize whole books, complicated math problems, and generally obsess over many things. When he was in college, he studied math, physics, and electrical engineering. After dropping out of college after a nervous breakdown, he traveled to Paris to work as a direct-current power plant repair man. Later, in 1884, he moved to America to work for Thomas Edison. Overall, Tesla had a very interesting childhood.