November 21, 2002

C.U. Alumnus Helps Fund New Telescope

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Cornell University alumnus Fred Young ’64, an astronomy enthusiast and a retired Racine, Wis. businessperson, has donated $250, 000 for the study phase of a proposed infrared telescope that is being planned for high altitude observation in the Chilean Andes.

“The project is still in the feasibility phase,” said Prof. Riccardo Giovanelli, astronomy and chief investigator for the project. Site-testing has been underway in several places in the South American Andes in an effort to pinpoint a location for the telescope that is “basically as high up as you can drive a truck, since we can’t carry the telescope up there on our backs,” Giovanelli added.

The site is proposed for somewhere in the Atacama desert of northern Chil