It’s fair to say that Elon Musk is a fan of Nikola Tesla; so much so that Musk named his automotive company after the great Serbian inventor who lived from 1854 to 1943 who brought about many innovations relating to alternating current.
Musk even went as far as personally donating an undisclosed amount to The Oatmeal’s campaign to get Tesla’s old lab in Shoreham, NY, turned into a museum.
So it’s funny to see Musk’s name alongside that of Thomas Edison, Tesla’s rival in electrical engineering. But that’s just what is happening as this week The Edison Awards has recognised Elon Musk ‘for his continuous contribution to human-centered design, as well as his positive influence on creating entirely new market opportunities and inspiring future leaders and innovators worldwide.’
Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director of the Edison Awards, said, ‘Elon Musk is a true visionary of our time, and we could not be more honored to present him with the 2014 Edison Achievement Award.
‘His intense desire to improve lives and make our world a better place through his abilities and accomplishments serve as living acknowledgement and embodiment of Thomas Edison’s values and principles.’
Musk is one of two people to get the award this year, the other being Yang Tuanquig, CEO of Lenovo. Previous winners of the award include Steve Jobs of Apple and Chris Anderson of TED.
The award ceremony will be held on 29/30 April in San Francisco.
If you want to know more about why Nikola Tesla check out the Why Nikola Tesla Was the Greatest Geek Who Ever Lived page on The Oatmeal.
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