Robert W. Allington Fellowships
The Allington Fellowships were created with a bequest from the estate of Robert W. Allington. The income from the bequest supports short-term fellowships on any topic in the history of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries.
Allington (1935–2006) developed his skills in electronics through building radios, among other things, and by working as a television repairman. He worked as an intern at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory on the SAGE air defense computer in the spring of 1955. Near the conclusion of the internship Allington was diagnosed with polio, and while still in the hospital, he met his future business partner, Jacob Schafer, an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jobs repairing scientific equipment evolved into projects to fulfill requests from his clients for novel instrumentation. This led Allington to become an entrepreneur and he founded Instrumentation Specialties Company (Isco, now part of Teledyne Technologies, Inc.) in Lincoln in 1958.
Learn about Robert Allington in his own words through his oral history.