Talk on Nikola Tesla at Rogers Memorial

Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe wireless station, located in Shoreham, seen in 1904. Wikimedia Commons

Today at 6 p.m., Sebastian White will speak about “The Genius of Nikola Tesla" in a free lecture at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. The event is sponsored by the Montauk Observatory.

Tesla was an electrical and mechanical engineer, as well as an inventor and physicist. He came up with the first alternating current motor, generation, and transmission technology. Tesla was also known for his 1880s feud with Thomas Edison, which is often called the “war of currents” — Edison was a proponent of direct current, or DC; Telsa turned out to be correct for most electrical applications.

Mr. White is a great-grandson of Stanford White, an architect who is known for designing the triumphal arch in Washington Square Park and the original Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and, locally, the Seven Sisters houses in Montauk. Stanford White was a friend of Tesla’s and his last architectural project was the design of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower in Shoreham.

Mr. White is a physicist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research and is also a member of the Higgs boson discovery team. Through his great-grandfather’s connection to Tesla and his understanding of science, Mr. White will give detail and insight into Nikola Tesla's life and work.

Those wishing to attend the lecture can register by visiting or calling 631-283-0774.

On Friday, Paul Stengel, a NASA solar system ambassador, will give an encore presentation of his talk "Next Stop, Mars" at the Montauk Library at 6:30 p.m.