ATHENS, Ohio -- Wilfred and Ann Lee Konneker have continued their philanthropy at Ohio University with a recent $1 million gift that will support the Cutler Scholars Program. In recognition of Wilfred Konneker's significant career achievements, as well as of the Konnekers' consistent support of Ohio University, a new biography, "Chain Reactions: The Life of Wilfred R. Konneker," will be launched at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Ohio University Inn. Wilfred Konneker will sign copies of the book at that time.
Wilfred Konneker, B.S '43, M.S. '47, HON '80, and his wife, Ann Lee, HON '80, have committed more than $16.5 million to Ohio University in support of students, faculty and alumni. He is co-founder of the Ohio University's Cutler Scholars Program and the Konnekers are long-time, generous contributors to the program.
The scholarship program, founded in 1995, was modeled after Oxford University's Rhodes Scholars program for graduate students. The scholarships provide students with tuition, room and board and stipends for summer travel and structured programs.
Wilfred Konneker is one of the most distinguished graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, having earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and mathematics in 1943 and a master of science degree in physics in 1947. He was a pioneer in the early years of nuclear physics and worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. After earning a Ph.D. in physics from Washington University, He went on to co-found seven companies, including Nuclear Consultants, INC., which supplied radioactive isotopes for medicine. Throughout his career, Konneker has been a leading expert in the use of radioisotopes in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine, having consulted for an array of hospitals, businesses and other organizations, including the Atomic Energy Commission.
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