Fact Check: Is This Nikola Tesla’s Only Photo With A Woman? Here’s The Truth

Serbian-American engineer Nikola Tesla is one of the greatest inventors of his time with more than 300 patents under his name during his 86 years of life. Tesla never married and his personal life has always been a fascinating point of discussion for the world. Now, an image is being widely circulated on social media platforms showing a black and white image of a young man and a woman sitting on a he beach, claiming that it is the only picture of Tesla with a woman.

A Facebook user shared the image with a caption in Hindi that roughly translates to: “Nikola Tesla with a woman who mostly spent his life alone. This is the only picture of Nikola Tesla with a woman.”

(Original: हमेशा अपना अधिकतर जीवन अकेले बिताने वाले निकोला टेस्ला एक महिला के साथ. यह निकोला टेस्ला की एकमात्र तस्वीर है जिसमें वह किसी महिला के साथ हैं)

The same image is doing rounds on Twitter with the same caption.


NewsMobile fact-checked the viral image and found it to be shared with a false claim. The man in the viral image is not Nikola Tesla.

On performing Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture on Getty Images. As per the caption, the picture shows a swimming instructor sitting next to a bathing suit-clad woman on a New York beach.

“1898: Portrait of a bathing suit-clad woman and a swimming instructor lying close to the surf on Midland Beach, Staten Island, New York. (Photo by Museum of the City of New York/Byron Collection/Getty Images),” reads the caption.

The image has been credited to the museum of the city of New York. The image was also carried in a listicle titled ‘the evolution of swimsuit’ by NBC News.

Hence, it can be concluded that though the man in the viral image resembles Nikola Tesla, it is not him but a swimming instructor.

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