What was Tesla's relationship with his mother?
Very close! She played a huge role in Tesla’s life growing up, and she backed him when he decided not to follow his father’s wishes to join the clergy. She also helped him overcome a gambling addiction that he gained in college. She was a major inspiration in all his work and Tesla often paid homage to her. He believed his inventiveness was due to her since she herself was a great inventor. When she died Tesla focused all his energies on inventing the greatest thing he could for humanity.