December 15, 2010
The University of Chicago next September will begin construction of the William Eckhardt Research Center, an architecturally innovative building that will host a broad spectrum of 21st-century science, from investigation of the deepest cosmic mysteries to manipulations of matter on the scale of atoms and molecules.
The building is named for Chicago futures trader and alumnus William Eckhardt, S.M.’70, in recognition of his $20 million gift in support of advanced science at the University.
Precision will characterize the science that goes on within the Eckhardt Center, which will house significant portions of the Physical Sciences Division and the University’s new Institute for Molecular Engineering.
In addition to providing new facilities for the University’s globally recognized programs in astrophysics, astronomy, chemistry and physics, the building will foster trailblazing work in molecular engineering, said University Provost Thomas Rosenbaum, the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor in Physics.