W. M. Keck Foundation
The W. M. Keck Foundation is an American charitable foundation supporting scientific, engineering, and medical research in the United States. It was founded in 1954 by William Myron Keck, founder and president of Superior Oil Company (now part of ExxonMobil). The Foundation's trust fund currently has assets in excess of 1 billion U.S. Dollars.
From its founding until his death in 1964, the Foundation was led by William Myron Keck. From 1964 to 1995, it was led by W. M. Keck's son, Howard B. Keck. Robert Addison Day, W. M. Keck's grandson has been chairman and president since 1996.
The Foundation provides grants in five broad areas: science and engineering research, undergraduate science and engineering, medical research, liberal arts, in Southern California. Some of the more notable projects that have received funding from the Keck Foundation include:
- The W.M. Keck Center for Interdisciplinary Bioscience Training at Rice University in Houston, Texas (training arm of the Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC))
- Construction of the W. M. Keck Observatory at Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii
- Expansion of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California
- The W.M. Keck Building Center for fMRI at the University of California, San Diego
- Creation of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, California
- Sponsor of the Keck Computer Science Lab at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California
- The W.M. Keck Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at University of California, Irvine
- The William M. Keck Building at the California Institute of Technology
- The W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, and Scripps College.
- The Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington D.C..
- W.M.Keck Earth Science and Metal Engineering Museum at the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, whose renovation the foundation funded, at the University of Nevada, Reno
- Robert Addison Day - current chief executive
- Official site: http://www.wmkeck.org/
- The W.M. Keck Center for Interdisciplinary Bioscience Training
- "ABOUT THE GULF COAST CONSORTIA". Archived from the original on Sept. 30, 2013. Retrieved Sept. 30, 2013. "In 2001 the GCC was created with a $3.5M gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation to foster collaborative research and training. [...] The GCC is composed of a training arm, the Keck Center for Quantitative Biomedical Bioscience Training, and a research arm, [...]"
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