Nikola Tesla – The Men Who Lit Up the World

The opening ceremony will start at 6 p.m., led by the Director-General of United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, Minister of Culture of the Republic Croatia Mr. Bozo Biskupic and the ambassador – permanent delegate of the Republic of Croatia Mr. Bozidar Gagro.

The exhibition has been organized under the high auspices of Mr. Stjepan Mesic the President of the Republic Croatia.

The whole project will be on view until September 20.

The exhibition has been brought to fruition by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic Croatia, the Croatian Commission for UNESCO, the Permanent Delegation of Croatia to UNESCO, the Croatian History Museum, Zagreb and the Technical Museum, Zagreb.

The Croatian projects included in the celebration of anniversaries with which UNESCO will be associated in 2006 – 2007 beside Tesla’s exhibition are: the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dragutin Gorjanovic Kramberger, geologist and palaeoanthropologist (1856-1936) and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Prelog, chemist (1906-1998).

All projects are linked to the celebration of 60 years of existence of UNESCO.

The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the difficult task of the inventor who is often misunderstood and unrewarded. But he finds ample compensation in the pleasing exercises of his powers and in the knowledge of being one of that exceptionally privileged class without whom the race would have long ago perished in the bitter struggle against pitiless elements.

N. Tesla