The Tesla Science Foundation is sponsoring a Nikola Tesla Memorial Conference from January 5-7, 2013 at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City. Fans of Tesla will remember that Nikola Tesla lived at the New Yorker for many years and died on January 7th, 1943, in room 3327, exactly 70 years ago. The Tesla Memorial Conference thus seeks to honor the anniversary of Tesla’s final breath as well as continue to celebrate his life’s achievements.
The President and Executive Director of the Tesla Science Foundation, Nikola Lonchar and Marina Schwabic, respectively, describe with enthusiasm the aim of the Conference:
The world’s brightest minds, scientists, engineers, alternative energy entrepreneurs, innovation experts, artists and a myriad of Tesla enthusiasts will gather in this 3 day Tesla extravaganza to honor Tesla’s legacy, 70 years upon his passing on January 7th, 1943, in the New Yorker Hotel. This unique Tesla forum will include a diverse array of Tesla-related lectures, presentations, discussions and documented evidence of growing interest and recognition of Tesla’s contribution to the 21st Century.
Indeed the conference attracts some of the most avid followers of Tesla, including researchers continuing Tesla’s important work. The conference begins with a black tie Spirit Award Gala Benefit opened by the HRH Prince Filip Karadjordjevic of Serbia. Tesla Motors Founder Elon Musk is scheduled to give the keynote address and Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe President Jane Alcorn will be the guest of honor. Alcorn, along with some amazing crowdfunding spearheaded by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal, successfully obtained the property at Tesla’s last laboratory and will turn it into a museum and tribute to the great inventor.
The second day of the Conference will feature a series of presentations by those who are working to keep Nikola Tesla’s name alive. Among them are people working on films about Tesla, Tesla museum projects, and artistic inspirations. I am happy to say that I will also be giving a short (but inspiring) presentation about my forthcoming book Tesla: Wizard of Electricity. Due out in the spring, the goal of my book is to bring Tesla to the masses since Tesla’s amazing contributions to electrical science have been insufficiently acknowledged in the historical record.
The third day focuses on the modern day uses of Tesla technology and the advances that are still being made off his patents and his ideas.
The Conference looks to be a major milestone in the efforts to educate the world about Nikola Tesla. I am very happy and proud to be a part of the event and will report more as the time approaches.
More information about the Tesla Memorial Conference.
More about Tesla: Wizard of Electricity.