RFF#91 – Nikola Tesla was a vegetarian in his later years

Nikola Tesla is one of my favourite scientists. If you’re not already familiar with him, Tesla was the first person to harness the hydroelectric power of Niagara Falls. Furthermore, his inventions include the alternating current electrical supply system and the “Tesla coil”, both of which are still in use today. He worked for Thomas Edison, was friends with Mark Twain, and filed over 250 patents during his lifetime!

One of my favourite things about Tesla was his quirkiness. The most famous (and extreme) example of this is the fact that he fell in love with a pigeon! That being said, it’s no surprise that he believed in vegetarianism!

“It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarous habit. That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-demonstrated fact. Many races living almost exclusively on vegetables are of superior physique and strength. There is little doubt that some plant food, such as oatmeal, is more economical than meat, and superior to it in regard to both mechanical and mental performance. In view of these facts every effort should be made to stop the wanton and cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals.” –Nikola Tesla

Stayed tuned for another Tesla food fact tomorrow!

I learned about this fact from: Watching several documentaries about Tesla as well as good old Wikipedia.