Break Through, publicly launched just over a year ago, is already the most successful campaign in Caltech’s history. In the first year of the public phase alone, gifts exceeded $400 million. And total contributions—over $1.4 billion—have surpassed the goal of Caltech’s last campaign.
First. That is before all others; earliest in time or serial order, foremost in position, rank, or importance.
Freq. as a numeral adjective, the ordinal of ONE.
adj., n., and pron. (written 1st).
—Oxford English Dictionary
Responding to the uncertain state of funding for environmental research and the opportunities afforded by new advances in technology, trustee Ronald Linde (MS ’62, PhD ’64) and his wife, Maxine, have initiated a giving challenge to help ensure that Caltech can maintain current programs and move forward with important new work in climate science.
Welcome to the second edition of The Caltech Effect. Explore the unique relationships that inspire Caltech people to achieve the extraordinary. An adviser models unorthodox research. Undergrads evolve from solo stars into team leaders. Postdocs help others at a time when personal achievement is paramount. A junior is encouraged to launch a hedge fund from his dorm room. Real users and industry experts help students invent wheelchair technologies. Astronomers pass the torch of discovery from one generation to the next.
Charles Zeller (BS ’68) and Peter Cross (BS ’68) met in 1964 as first-year students in Dabney House. Over the years and across the miles between their homes in California and Texas, the two have remained friends and forged sometimes-parallel paths. Both enjoyed successful careers developing computer systems and instrumentation. Both have supported their alma mater generously.