Tesla boss donates $1m to namesake museum

Last updated 13:11, July 12 2014
GREAT MINDS: As a special 158th birthday present to Nikola Tesla, the founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, is giving $1m to a museum dedicated to preserving the inventor's legacy.
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GREAT MINDS: As a special 158th birthday present to Nikola Tesla, the founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, is giving $1m to a museum dedicated to preserving the inventor's legacy.

The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving US$1 million (NZ$1.1 million) to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name.

The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday.

The museum said this week that Musk will also install a Tesla supercharging station.

The museum is being built on the site of Tesla's laboratory on Long Island. The Serbian scientist began an unfinished project there to send messages and electricity around the world wirelessly.

Tesla is known for his work with alternating current and experiments with X-rays.

Musk co-founded PayPal and also runs space contractor SpaceX. His donation comes after a request from Tesla fan and museum backer Matthew Inman of TheOatmeal.com.



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