Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Congratulations to the Field Museum on its new $7.3 million gift to establish the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies! And props to the Tawani Foundation and James Pritzker for the endowment and the donation of $3 million worth of meteorites. That makes the Field's collection the largest non-government meteorite collection in the world! According to this article, although the Field has not really been known for its meteorite collection in the past, the first issue of the Museum's periodical, Fieldiana, back in 1895 was on meteorites. It's nice to see that even in these desperate times, there are still big donors out there--especially ones with a sense of history!