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The University of Washington’s Department of Chemistry will be the beneficiary of a $12 million gift from an unusual source: one of its own professors. Most of the money committed by professor emeritus Larry Dalton and his wife, Nicole Boand, will go to establish the Dalton Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry, the UW announced today. The gift will also fund two endowed chairs for UW chemists, plus a departmental support fund. Dalton, 73, has conducted research into photonics and nonlinear optics for decades, and has been on the UW’s faculty in 1998. He co-founded Lumera Corp. – now part of GigPeak – to develop and manufacture opto-electronic devices.

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