Not since 1984’s “Revenge of the Nerds” has a geek risen from the shadows to claim so much glory. An Indiegogo fundraiser to raise $850,000 for a Nikola Tesla museum has already brought in more than $1 million ($1,093,985 at the time of writing), and there are still 35 days left to go.

An engineer whose contributions match (or arguably, exceed) the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, Tesla is the man behind technologies like electricity, radio and radar. But somehow, his name was left out of our lexicon of great American scientists. Now, 69 years after his death, he is finally getting the attention he deserves. Or, as The Atlantic puts it: “Tesla has become a symbol of the power of nerds. He’s the inventor as showman, the unjustly sidelined scientist being finally given a fair shake by his fans on the web.”

With the help of online cartoonist Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman, Tesla supporters have been able to raise more than they needed to buy the land and laboratory that they will turn into a museum. Friends of Science East, the non-profit organization that will be buying the land, can put the extra cash toward development.

The museum is only the latest in efforts to memorialize this once-forgotten pioneer. Documentary television producer Wil Cashen is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his docu-drama, “Electricity: The Story and Life of Nikola Tesla,” though he has met with only a small fraction of the success of the museum fundraiser. With only 14 days to go, he has $9,090 of the $35,000 he is seeking.

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