“Growing up in the small town of Marianna, Arkansas, I reached the same conclusion that much of America did when the Russians launched Sputnik in 1957: We have some catching up to do in the space race,” recalls James “Jim” Yee (BS ’65). “I also decided that rocket science was something I’d like to do someday.”
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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).
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When Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, reminisces about his childhood, Caltech’s Eudora Hull Spalding Laboratory of Engineering comes to mind. This is where, in a small library on the second floor, he did his homework after school. Meanwhile, a few doors down the hall, his father, Professor James E. “Jay” Bailey, shaped what would become the field of metabolic engineering.