Shoreham - (WALK) A $1 million donation from the the chief executive officer of Tesal Motors may accelerate the drive toward a science museum on Long Island honoring the life and works of Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla.
The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreman confirmed the gift by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk Thursday.
Officials at the nonprofit laboratory say it will take about $10 million to realize their dream of creating a Tesal museum. Supporters last year reportedly raised more than $850,000 to enable the purchase of the 16-acre laboratory site on Route 25-A.
Tesla worked at the laboratory in Shoreham for more than a decade in the earl 20th century; he is remembered primarily for his work in wireless communications, and technology for electrical transmission.
The announcement of Elon Musk's $1 million donation was made during a celebration of what would have been Tesla's 158th birthday.