Exhibition dedicated to Nikola Tesla opens in New York

NEW YORK -- An exhibition of the Belgrade Museum of Nikola Tesla has opened at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.

(Tanjug)
(Tanjug)

The opening was attended by Heir to the Yugoslav Throne Prince Aleksandar Karađorđević, his wife Katarina, members of the diplomatic corps and intellectual and science figures from New York.

The exhibition, "Tesla's Wonderful World of Electricity," opened on Wednesday, on the birthday of the Serbian-American scientist and inventor, and was prepared in coordination with the New York museum and supported by the Belgrade City Hall and the Serbian General Consulate in New York.

The opening was attended by more than 200 people, including State Department official Thomas Gallo, Greek Ambassador to the UN Michael Spinellis, Cypriot General Consul in New York Koula Sophianou, Montenegro's General Consul Zoran Janković and Croatian Consul Marina Rogina.

The exhibition shows the most important details from the life of the scientific genius, many interactive models of his most significant inventions that were the basis of the second industrial revolution and a series of inventions that were Tesla's pioneering steps in radio, high-frequency currents, remote control and wireless communication.

Head of the Nikola Tesla Museum Vladimir Jelenković told crowd that, metaphorically speaking, Tesla was again in New York 70 years after his death.

Jelenkovic believes the exhibition is one of the many ways to find out why Tesla has remained one of the most intriguing and popular creative minds of the modern age even after so many years.

Prince Aleksandar was one of the main speakers, and he pointed out that his father King of Yugoslavia Petar Karađorđević II visited Tesla in 1942, two days before the scientist's 86th birthday.

He also noted in his speech that Tesla was to him a symbol of courage, humanity - "and typical Serbian stubbornness when faced with a strong force."

Nothing could stop Tesla, he stated, adding that the scientist sought to change the world and ended up changing it forever.

Serbia's General Consul in New York Mirjana Živković said the goal of the exhibition was to draw attention to Tesla's name, as an extraordinary man and a great mind that marked the world of today, but still not known well enough by the public.

A Serb by origin, European by education and American by choice, a citizen of the world, Tesla had the gift of staying ahead of the time he lived in, she pointed out. Even 70 years after his death, he is still ahead of the present time, she added.