“He was a thief — a pirate,” alleges Walt Zaczeck, a historian in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Zaczeck believes that Edison took credit for many inventions his lab workers found first. “He hired people to work for him and he would use their ideas and then get patents for them,” Zaczeck said. “And that’s why he’s considered a great inventor?"
*****At 59, Tesla was informed that he was to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics along with Thomas Edison. Edison refused to share his award with Tesla, and the award was given to another scientist.