Nikola Lonchar, founder and president of the Tesla Science Foundation
November 24, 1954
SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia}
|Nick Lonchar, Nikolai Lonchar|
Inventor, former private investigator
|📆 Years active||1986—Present|
|Founding the Tesla Science Foundation|
Nikola Lonchar (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Лончар, Serbian pronunciation: [nǐkola lǒntʃaːr]; born November 24, 1954), also known as Nikolai Lonchar, is a Serbian-American inventor, and founder and president of the Tesla Science Foundation (Serbian: Теслинa научнa фондацијa) based in Philadelphia, PA, and promoter and protector of the life and legacy of Nikola Tesla in the United States and beyond.
Connected in heritage, interests, and name to Nikola Tesla, Lonchar participated and presented in, as a young boy, inventions exhibitions and fairs in the former Yugoslavia. In the 1980s, he moved to America, always living a mission of spreading knowledge about Tesla. Prior to the Yugoslav Wars, Lonchar returned to Serbia with his family, and tried to develop a business related to security and protection. He was hired by the Institute of Transportation CIP, with which he designed over thirty new products in the security field. The outbreak of war and sanctions forced him to leave everything and return to the United States.
During frequent visits to his homeland during the difficult 1990s, Lonchar sought to help his compatriots and family, but continued to be driven by his interest in Tesla, and procured many books, handicrafts, and other objects related to Tesla. Through decades of collecting, Lonchar has become the owner of an collection of Tesla-related items.
Today, Lonchar is known as a contributor to the growing prevalence of Tesla’s legacy. He has helped introduce content about Nikola Tesla and his work into the syllabus of American schools and works to improve education related to Nikola Tesla in Serbian and American schools, by founding “Tesla’s Science Clubs” in various schools and universities. Lonchar’s “Tesla Ways” (Serbian: Путевима Тесле”) project will provide users with a software geo-guide through Tesla’s life, in Europe and in America. A monograph and documentary on this are being prepared.
In addition to his native Serbian (and the other former Yugoslav republics' languages), Lonchar speaks English, and Russian.
Lonchar is also a former private detective (licensed 2001), whose specialty was determining means of illegal entry. Lonchar started a security company in Philadelphia in 1986, and has experience in locks and security systems. Recognizing the shortcomings in security systems, Lonchar created a locking device for more efficient burglary detection. For this invention, he was awarded grants from the Ben Franklin Technology Center, State of Pennsylvania, and won the Nikola Tesla Gold Medal.
Lonchar also has an collection of locks, sensors, and alarms, and in his free time works on new product designs, mostly in the field of security. Per his website, Lonchar has over 30 patents.
A member of the National Association of Investigative Specialists, International Association of Investigative Locksmiths, and International Association of Burglary and Auto Theft Investigators.
Tesla Science Foundation
People of similar interests and respect for Nikola Tesla gathered on the scientist’s birthday on July 10, 2004, with the intention of promoting the legacy Tesla left for humanity, and in order to connect inventors interested in Tesla’s work. They founded the Nikola Tesla Inventors Club, which would later be renamed the Nikola Tesla Club, and then, on Christmas Day 2010 (the day of Tesla’s abandonment of earthly life”), officially grew into the Tesla Science Foundation (TSF) (Serbian: Теслинa научнa фондацијa (ТНФ)). The primary objective of the TSF is to spread the legacy of Nikola Tesla and and bring his achievements to as many people as possible, and to help realize Tesla’s vision for a better future for humanity.
Due to his dedicated engagement and contribution, Nikola Lonchar was elected President of the TSF, and to this day advocates for the growing organization, lectures on Tesla’s inventions in American schools, and works to involve the Serbian public. That is why, in 2014, he founded a branch of the TSF in Serbia – Tesla Sicence Foundation Serbia, headquartered in Zemun.
TSF is the initiator of the video platform “TeslaTalk.TV” which broadcasts webinars about Tesla, and the “200 Years of Serbs in America” project, from which the multimedia endeavor “Tesla’s People” (Serbian: “Теслин народ” and the film with a same name in Serbian 2018 in conjunction with the director Željko Mirković.
Lonchar and TSF are the founders of the international conference “In the Spirit of Tesla” which was held annually since 2012. With the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in New York, this event takes place once a year at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, where Tesla lived out the final years of his life. The event includes various activities including art exhibits, lectures, presentations, panel discussions and connects Tesla-related organizations across the world, and awards the “Tesla Spirit Award” to those most deserving for their Tesla-related work.
Within the Tesla Science Foundation, in cooperation with Singidunum University in Belgrade and with the support of relevant organizations such as the Organization of Serbian Students Abroad, Lonchar launched the annual “The Diaspora Day” conference in 2016, in an effort to improve relations with the Serbian motherland and diaspora, particularly within the academic community, and worked with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and the Government of Republika Srpska.
It should be mentioned that “Tesla Days” (Serbian: “Теслини дани”) event has been organized by TSF in Philadelphia since 2013, celebrating Tesla’s birthday, Tesla’s idea of a clean planet, and free and open energy and communications. The central activity of “Tesla Days” is the March of Energy Independence.
Awards and Recognitions
- Ben Franklin Technology Center Grant
- State of Pennsylvania Grant
- Gold Medal of Nikola Tesla
- American Paradigm Schools Award
- Кљајић, Сандра (December 22, 2012). "Никола Лончар: Теслу достојно да славимо". Glas Srpske.
- Serbia, RTS, Radio televizija Srbije, Radio Television of. "Медијска мрежа српске дијаспоре: Амерички сан". www.rts.rs.
- "O osnivaču | Teslina naučna fondacija Srbija". June 24, 2019.
- "Лов на Теслине скице". NOVOSTI.
- "Uvodjenje Tesle u američki školski program". Glas Amerike.
- "Osnivanje Teslinih naučnih klubova u Srbiji | | Teslina naučna fondacija Srbija". September 2, 2020.
- "Теслолози света уједините се". Politika Online.
- "ABOUT US | Tesla Science Foundation". October 5, 2016.
- "TESLA TALK.TV | Tesla Science Foundation". October 4, 2016.
- "O Teslinom narodu | Teslin Narod". May 7, 2020.
- "U DUHU TESLE OSMI PUT NA MENHETNU: Na konferenciji Tesline naučne fondacije predstavljeni projekti o slavnom naučniku". kurir.rs.
- ""Dan dijaspore 2016: Dijaspora i univerzitet" (Singidunum University, July 7, 2016)" (PDF).
- Serbia, RTS, Radio televizija Srbije, Radio Television of. "Дан дијаспоре 2017. у Београду". www.rts.rs.
- "Хиљаду муња Николе Тесле". Управа за сарадњу с дијаспором и Србима у региону. July 11, 2013.
- Interview with Nikola Lonchar for the Voice of America (2013) on YouTube
- Nikola Lonchar on “Srbija na vezi” TV Show (RTS, 2016) on YouTube
- Nikola Lonchar on “Jutarnji program” (RTS, 2018) on YouTube
- Nikola Lonchar on “Glas života” TV Show (Glas javnosti, 2020) on YouTube
- Tesla’s People: Homeland and Diaspora on the Same Path (Dragan Rakonjac, 2020) on YouTube
- Tesla Science Foundation Website
- Tesla Science Foundation Serbia Website
- Tesla's Nation Project Website”
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