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​Tesla Motors magnate Elon Musk donates $1 mn to Nikola Tesla museum

Published time: July 11, 2014 22:58
Edited time: July 13, 2014 14:01
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors (Reuters / Stringer)

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors (Reuters / Stringer)

Billionaire carmaker and space pioneer Elon Musk has donated $1 million to a cartoonist who plans to turn the former lab of great Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla into a state-of-the-art museum.

Matthew Inman, who publishes the popular online “geek comic” The Oatmeal, managed to save Tesla’s old laboratory in Shoreham, New York via a crowdfunding appeal on Indiegogo that raised more than $1.3 million. But now he needs another $8 million to honor the man famous for inventing alternating current electricity, the radio, the x-ray, and the electric motor. Despite his revolutionary innovations, Tesla never financially benefited from his achievements.

On July 10 – the 158th birthday of Tesla – Inman simply asked for help from Elon Musk. To his surprise, Musk answered immediately.

As well as donating the money, Musk will build a super-charging station for electric cars outside the museum, in a synergy of science and commerce.

Nikola Tesla, who emigrated from his native Serbia to the US, was long overshadowed by his former employer, Thomas Edison. However, their rivalry has become a popular narrative in recent years, and Tesla's legacy has begun to eclipse that of the American inventor.

Comments (16)


Matthew Taylor 31.07.2014 18:04

Tesla will not be forgotten! But, I will. Ah, ha!


Not Rappaport 14.07.2014 19:53

"On July 10 – the 158th birthday of Tesla – Inman simply asked for help from Elon Musk."

Nope; not on July 10. Read your own graphic, RT.


Afrikaaner 14.07.2014 13:23

Elon R. Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, inventor and investor. He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX and CEO and Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors. He was an early investor in SpaceX, PayPal, Inc. source,Wikipedia

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