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Science and Math Center History

The Hunter Biology Wing is named in honor of George William Hunter, professor of biology and chemistry at Knox from 1920 to 1926. Hunter played a small but important role in the history of modern science - it was the use of his 1914 biology textbook "Civic Biology" and its teaching of Darwinian evolution that was at the center of the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial."

The Paul L. Salzberg Wing is named is honor of Paul Salzberg, a 1925 graduate of Knox College, who served as the director of the Du Pont Company's central research department. Dr. Salzberg was one of the largest personal donors to the construction of the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center. He also served as a Knox College Trustee from 1963 until 1993.

The Longden Physics Wing is named in honor of Adaline Cummings Longden was a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Knox from 1902-26. The construction of the Longden Physics Wing was supported by gifts of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.

The Pritchard Mathematics Wing is named in honor of Lysle Pritchard, '21, was one of the most generous donors in the history of Knox. He was president of the American Chicle Company, a worldwide manufacturer of chewing gums such as Chicklets and Dentyne. Pritchard served on the Knox College Board of Trustees from 1962 to 1964, at which time he was named an honorary trustee.

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