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Research Corporation


"The second foundation established in the United States and the only one devoted to the advancement of science, Research Corporation was founded in 1912. Its operations are governed within the guidelines of a "private operating foundation," which means that it may perform activities related to science advancement in addition to funding others to carry on such activities. The foundation is the fulfillment of the unique philanthropic concept of Frederick G. Cottrell, scientist inventor and philanthropist, who established Research Corporation with the assistance of Charles Doolittle Walcott, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Research Corporation's funds were initially derived from proceeds from Dr. Cottrell's invention, the electrostatic precipitator for controlling air pollution, and from inventions contributed by public-spirited scientists. Today, Research Corporationís operating funds are derived from an endowment based on those contributed proceeds."

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Tucson, AZ

Founding Date:

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Patricia C. Barron
c. 1943   Former Xerox executive
Frederick G. Cottrell
10-Jan-1877 16-Nov-1948 Smokestack filters to fight pollution
Robert Holland, Jr.
c. 1940   CEO of Ben & Jerry's, 1995-96
Gayle P. W. Jackson
c. 1946   Energy Global
Grote Reber
22-Dec-1911 20-Dec-2002 First radio astronomer
George L. Shinn
12-Mar-1923 16-Dec-2013 CEO of First Boston, 1975-83

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