NEW YORK – A bust of the famous Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla, made by academic sculptor Bojan Mikulic, was handed over to the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan to be officially unveiled at a ceremony on January 10, the U.S.-based Tesla Science Foundation stated in a release.
The bust of Nikola Tesla will be placed in the central lobby of the New Yorker Hotel, which will host the Tesla Commemorative Conference on January 10, 2015 with an aim to include Tesla and his work into the school curriculums across the U.S., the release states.
The Serbian inventor made most of his inventions in the U.S. and held the U.S. citizenship for nearly 60 years. He was a resident of the New Yorker Hotel from 1933 to his death on Orthodox Christmas, January 7, 1943.
The unveiling of the bust, the conference and the gala dinner will be organized by President and Founder of Tesla Science Foundation Nikola Loncar, Consul General of the Republic of Serbia to New York Mirjana Zivkovic, father Djokan Majstorovic of St. Sava Church in New York, and many others committed to promoting the legacy of one of the most important inventors of the 20th century.
“The conference will bring together around 30 experts in this field, and we consider it to be the most important thing that Serbian diaspora can and should do for Tesla,” said Loncar.
The Foundation has so far presented the busts of Tesla to the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, the cities of Leskovac (in Serbia) and Banjaluka (in BiH), the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, and the city of Rahway, New Jersey, the foundation president said.
Bronze reliefs of Tesla will be awarded to the first 100 schools in the U.S. that include Tesla into their curriculum, while a bust will be presented to every school that bears the name of the great scientist, added Loncar.