In the 1937 Encyclopaedia Britannica it mentions in the 'Ether' section that there is a theory of light, as yet incomplete, in which light consists of an aethereal substance being swung diagonally from vortex to vortex, and that the circumferential velocity of these vortices is of the order of the speed of light. It doesn't say who was working on this theory.
Regarding Tesla's aether, John J O'Neill stated,
"Long ago he recognized that all perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the Akasha or luminiferous ether, acted upon by the life giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never ending cycles all things and phenomena. The primary substance, thrown into infinitesimal whirls of prodigious velocity, becomes gross matter; the force subsiding, the motion ceases and matter disappears, reverting to the primary substance." (Grotz, 1997)
The important thing to note about Tesla's aether is the fact that it is filled with vortices. Bernoulli and Maxwell both worked with a sea of tiny aethereal vortices, and Maxwell used Bernoullian hydrodynamics to successfully calculate the forces of electromagnetism.
These facts are often overlooked by supporters of the aether who attempt to explain electromagnetism with the aether alone and neglect to consider that the aether needs to be filled with whirlpools. See 'The Aether and the Electric Sea' at,
and 'The Link between Electric Current and Magnetic Field' at,
Yours sincerely, David Tombe