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1966 Cornell grad donates $11M for giant telescope

November 12, 2010

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ITHACA, N.Y.—A retired auto parts businessman who graduated from New York's Cornell University is donating $11 million to help build a galaxy-gazing telescope center in Chile.

The Ivy League school in Ithaca said Friday the pledge by 1966 alumnus Frederick Young will go toward designing and building the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama (SEHR'-oh chah-nan-TOR' aht-ah-CAH'-mah) Telescope in the high Andes of northern Chile.

Cornell's partners in the telescope project include the California Institute of Technology and the University of Colorado.

Young is an independent investor. He earned master's degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration at Cornell. He was owner and CEO of Young Radiator Co., an automotive component supplier sold to Wabtec Corp. in 1999.