Tesla Motors’ Musk Donates $1 Million to Tesla Science Center

July 15, 2014 by Jeff Shepard

Jane Alcorn, president of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe announced that Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors Inc., had pledged $1 million to the Tesla Science Center, plus a Tesla supercharging station to the Tesla Science Center saying, "He has challenged us at the Center to use our resources wisely, find additional resources, and reach our goal of creating this museum." A donation had been suggested by Matthew Inman of, who will comment via his website.

“We are excited and extremely grateful for Mr. Musk’s generous gift to Tesla Science Center, and also to Matthew Inman for arranging the opportunity,” Alcorn said. The site is on the way to becoming the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, featuring a Nikola Tesla Museum, as well as a learning center and an innovation center.

Representatives of Congressman Tim Bishop and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as elected officials from New York State, Suffolk County, Brookhaven Town, and Shoreham Village were on hand. As the flag was raised for each level of government, the representative proclaimed July 10 to be Nikola Tesla Day. Professor W. Bernard Carlson, author of a definitive biography of Tesla, spoke on the subject, "Nikola Tesla: Visionary of the Information Age."

The Science Center is being built on the 16-acre site of Tesla’s last laboratory, at the intersection of Route 25A and Randall Road in Shoreham. It was purchased last year with help from a crowdfunding campaign conducted by Mr. Inman. In 1901, Nikola Tesla had begun a project there, never completed, to send messages and electric power around the world by wireless transmission.