Nikola Tesla, the genius whose inventions laid the groundwork for our modern alternating current system, wireless communication and much more, built a laboratory, Wardenclyffe, in Shoreham, Long Island, NY in 1901. His friend, architect Stanford White, designed the main building.
Unfortunately, the property was later foreclosed and the laboratory was abandoned. But through the efforts of The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, a.k.a. Friends of Science East, Inc., their efforts to raise money to buy the property from its current owner and eventually turn it into a science education and research center are finally going to pay off.
With the help of Matt Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, an online cartoon site, readers were asked to donate money for the purchase of the property. Inman wanted to raise $850,000 for the future museum, but his readers contributed almost $1.4 million. In an article in The New York Times, it states that people from over 100 countries send in donations so the non-profit group could purchase the property from the Agfa Corporation, its current owners.
To read more about Tesla, the property and plans for the future science center on Long Island, NY, please read my article, Nikola Tesla on Long Island - Interview with Jane Alcorn. Ms. Alcorn is the president of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.
You might also want to take a look at Matt Inman's Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.
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