by Nur Hussein, staff writer
Today is the 158th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla, a great inventor who is one of the greatest geeks who ever lived. Web-cartoonist Matthew Inman, also known by his pen name “The Oatmeal,” is a huge fan of Tesla, and in 2012 he ran an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to build a museum in honor of Tesla.
The plan was to take Tesla’s old laboratory in New York, called Wardenclyffe Tower, and turn it into a museum dedicated to the genius of Tesla. Inman’s campaign raised over $1.3 million, and the State of New York promised to give a matching grant to the amount of money raised, making the total add up to $2.6 million. The money has been used to buy the facility, and it is currently being cleaned and restored.
Today, fellow inventor and Tesla fan, Elon Musk, has agreed to donate another $1 million to the museum efforts. Musk made a call to Inman, and it was announced today on Inman’s website. In the museum parking lot, Musk also promised to build a Tesla Supercharger (the brand of electric car that was created by Musk’s company named in honor of the legendary inventor – Tesla Motors).
Happy Nikola Tesla day, and let’s hope this grant lets the museum open its doors soon!
Nur is a tinkerer of programmable things, an apprentice in an ancient order of technomages. He enjoys fantasy, sci-fi, comic books, and Lego in his spare time. His favourite authors are Asimov and Tolkien. He also loves Celtic and American folk music. You can follow him on twitter: @nurhussein