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Science  08 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5438, pp. 220-221
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5438.220a

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The Whitaker Foundation declared in 1992 that it would spend itself out of business by 2006. One reason was to prevent future boards of directors from shifting the foundation away from the vision of its founder, engineer U. A. Whitaker. Another was that the Rosslyn, Virginia-based foundation had achieved one of its goals: Whitaker specializes in biomedical engineering, and partly thanks to its efforts, the field was beginning to receive strong support from other funders.