Online effort nets $1.3M to restore Tesla's NY lab

October 1, 2012

(AP)—Internet "crowdfunding" has raised $1.3 million to restore a New York laboratory once used by Nikola Tesla.

The visionary scientist was a rival of . He imagined a world of free electricity.

Organizers hope to purchase his Wardenclyffe laboratory, located about 65 miles east of New York City.

They plan to create a science center on the property.

The property has fallen into disrepair in recent decades. Tesla used it in the early 20th Century.

Seattle-based Internet cartoonist Matthew Inman began the fundraising in August.

He promoted the effort on his website, The group received an overwhelming response on the Web site, which collected the donations.

Over 33,000 contributions were received from donors in the U.S. and 108 countries.

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not rated yet Oct 01, 2012
While preservation of historical sites rates highly in my mind of good uses of philanthropic donations...

Tesla is irrationally regarded as some sort of demi-god by the uneducated. Yes, he was very intelligent. But he also went insane. And many of his earth shattering inventions were never created or even written down. Longitudinal waves do not work in the EM spectrum and while he took down power grids and had a badass steampunk castle he is given way too much credit. So he and Edison did not see eye-to-eye. He made advances independently... but was so removed from society he missed news that teams of others had already published the same advances he spent time doing alone.

His reclusiveness was both a gift and a curse.
not rated yet Oct 01, 2012
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