Elon Musk Promises To Put $1 Million Towards Nikola Tesla Museum.

/ 2 years ago


A few months ago we brought you news that Matthew Inman, founder of online comic strip The Oatmeal, did a cartoon on Nikola Tesla. A campaign was soon started to by Matthew to fund a museum to Nokola and he asked Elon Musk, owner of Tesla motors to help fund it, to which Elon replied “I would be happy to help”.

Making good on his word, Elon has just put down an impressive fund of $1 million to the cause, a huge lump of the $1.3 million Inman was trying to raise to purchase the Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, New York, where Nikola Tesla used to work.

“(Musk) has challenged us at the center to use our resources wisely, find additional resources, and reach our goal of creating this museum,” said Jane Alcorn, president of the Tesla Science Center. “We are excited and extremely grateful for Mr. Musk’s generous gift to Tesla Science Center, and also to Matthew Inman for arranging the opportunity.”

“Elon Musk: from the deepest wells of my geeky little heart: thank you,” Inman wrote. “This is amazing news. And it’s Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday. Happy Nikola Tesla Day.”

It works well for both parties, as Inman is keen to share with the world a better understanding of Nokola Tesla’s work and Tesla motors, who took their name from the legendary inventor, get some great PR. Musk has even said that they would install a Tesla charging station in the museums parking lot, as well as donate a million dollars.

Thank you CNN for providing us with this information.

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  • Wayne

    Not bad for a man who is reputedly worth $8 bill and who was clearly inspired by Tesla. I wonder if it will come out his back pocket…