NEW YORK — A host of dignitaries, clergy, and educators gathered on the evening of July 10 to dedicate a plaque honoring Nikola Tesla. The ceremony was held outside the Hotel New Yorker where Tesla spent many years of his life and where he died in 1943.
July 10, 145 years after the inventor’s birth, has been designated “Nikola Tesla Day” by both New York City’s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and New York Governor George Pataki.
Participants in the ceremony included several Serbian Orthodox Priests who blessed the plaque, Barry Mann, General Manager of the Hotel New Yorker, former Congresswoman, Helen Delich Bently, and Masters of Ceremonies Ljubo Vujovic, Secretary General of the Tesla Memorial Society and Lita Kalinich of Columbia University.
Though he made numerous contributions to the electrical and mechanical engineering field, Tesla is best known for his work with alternating current and the development of the “Tesla Coil” which broke ground in wireless telecommunicatlons.