The Mad Scientist - S1-E1

Question: So I have seen several places where people have been claiming that the mad scientist in this first episode was based on Nikola Tesla, and have seen many people complaining about him being portrayed as a bad guy in this. However, IMDb trivia states that "Boris Karloff' engineer Poelzig in Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat (1934) was the inspiration for the mad scientist..." I've tried looking into it a little bit, but I can't seem to determine which is the correct person that the Mad Scientist was based on... Maybe both?

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