Do you know anything about the story that Tesla fired a secretary for her weight? It's in Margaret Cheney's biography Tesla: Man Out of Time, but doesn't seem to have a source, although Prodigal Genius mentions that he "detested fat women". Do we know the secretary's name, or when she was fired or what happened to her after, or if this story even happened at all? Thank you. <3
Hey thanks for the question. As far as I know Cheney’s book says that Tesla fired her because she knocked something off his desk, but the sentence leading up to it talks about how he disliked that she was overweight. Unfortunately, the biographer never gave any sources of her claims unlike the rest of the biography she she did so well at providing. But she does say a lot of random things about tesla throughout the book without any info to prove it. Great biography of Tesla but not my favorite. Sorry I can’t help ya more.