Museum tribute to Tesla's pioneer work

Elon Musk of Tesla Motors has donated $1.1 million. Picture / AP
Elon Musk of Tesla Motors has donated $1.1 million. Picture / AP

The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving US$1 million ($1.13 million) to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name.

The Tesla Science Centre announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday. The museum said Musk would 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 throughout the world wirelessly.

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

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

-AP

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