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PITT PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE CENTER RECEIVES $1 MILLION

 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Some professors receive thank-you notes from former undergraduate students. Adolf Grnbaum got $1 million.
 The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh was given $1 million recently by Harvey E. Wagner, chairman and chief executive of Teknekron Corp., and his wife, Leslie. Teknekron Corp. is involved in technology transfer and the development of new high technology companies.
 The gift was given in honor of the center's founder and current chairman, Grnbaum, who taught Wagner when they were both at Lehigh University in the mid-1950s. Grnbaum has been Andrew Mellon Professor of Philosophy at Pitt since 1960.
 In conveying the gift, Wagner said Grnbaum was the "principal intellectual influence," on his life and credits Grnbaum with giving him a "deep understanding of science and an appreciation of its role in modern technology."
 He added, "one encounters a teacher like Professor Grnbaum only once in a lifetime -- if one is lucky."
 In a letter to the Wagners expressing gratitude for their gift, Pitt Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor said, "The University of Pittsburgh is as proud of and as grateful for the enormous contribution Adolf |Grnbaum~ has made during his 32 years here, as you |Mr. Wagner~ are to have been his student at Lehigh University."
 Commenting on the gift, Gerald J. Massey, director of the Center for Philosophy of Science and also Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at Pitt, said, "It's a wonderful thing the Wagners have done for the center, for Grnbaum, and for undergraduate teaching."
 Wagner studied industrial engineering at Lehigh in the mid-1950s and took all the courses taught by Grnbaum. Upon graduation, Wagner followed Grnbaum's advice to pursue graduate work in a new field called operations research. Later, drawing on basic research at Berkeley, Stanford, and Cal Tech, Wagner used his scientific, engineering, and philosophical skills to build Teknekron into a leading developer of marketable technologies.
 The Wagners channeled their $1 million gift to Pitt's Center for Philosophy of Science because of its close identification with Grnbaum who founded it in 1960 shortly after leaving Lehigh, the unqualified excellence of the center, and the importance the Wagners attach to a philosophical understanding and appreciation of science.
 Since 1960, when Grnbaum founded the center at Pitt, he has played a major role in building it into what is widely considered to be the world's leading institute for research in philosophy of science.
 In addition to founding the center, Grnbaum served as its director from 1960 to 1978, and continues to serve as its first and only chairman. Grnbaum is internationally known for his work in philosophy of science, which ranges from philosophical problems about space and time to the foundations of psychoanalysis.
 Grnbaum has received many honors and awards, among them Italy's coveted Fregene Prize in Science. All four prior recipients of this prize were Nobel laureates in one of the natural sciences. Grnbaum was the first non-Nobel laureate to win the award, and the first Fregene Prize recipient in Science honored for accomplishments outside the field of natural science proper.
 Before founding Teknekron Corp., in 1968, Wagner worked for the General Electric Company and Systems Development Corp. He has been a consultant to the United Nations, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and several of the nation's largest banks and utilities.
 In addition, Wagner has delivered invited lectures on entrepreneurship and technology transfer at the University of California at Berkeley, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Texas at Austin, and Purdue University.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Reteshka of University of Pittsburgh, 412-624-4007/


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