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Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1M to Tesla museum

July 11, 2014
Associated Press

SHOREHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving its namesake's legacy.

The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been inventor Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday.

The museum said Thursday that Musk will also install a Tesla supercharging station.

The Tesla Science Center is being built on the 16-acre site of Tesla's Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, Long Island.

The Serbian scientist began an unfinished project there to send messages and electricity around the world wirelessly.

Tesla's credited with developing alternating current and experimenting with x-ray images.

The 43-year-old Musk co-founded PayPal and now runs electric-car maker Tesla and space contractor SpaceX.

His donation comes after a request from Tesla fan and museum backer Matthew Inman of



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