San Diego digital communications company ViaSat Inc. has contributed $1 million to the University of California, San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination.
The center’s namesake, British fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, was the author of the famed book “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a release, UCSD said the ViaSat donation will help the center continue the imagination that was at the heart of Clarke’s legacy.
ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) earned status as a founding partner of the Clarke Center with the donation, UCSD said.
“ViaSat’s co-founders include UC San Diego alumni, and they understand the importance of imagination in seeking new frontiers,” UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, said. “The company’s generous gift will help the Clarke Center honor the late author and innovator through cultural, scientific and medical transformations. These occur when imagination is more effectively incorporated into research and our daily lives.”
Mark Dankberg, together with UCSD alumni Steven Hart and Mark Miller, founded ViaSat in 1986. The Clarke Center was established by an agreement between UCSD and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2012. Its initiatives span a range of disciplines and collaborations “to help understand the nature of imagination and to build tools and develop methods that will extend imagination.”
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