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July 29, 2011

Cancer-Drug Inventor Donates $16-Million to N.Y. College

The inventor of a widely used cancer drug has donated $16-million to Hamilton College, the upstate New York institution where he developed his fascination with chemistry, The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports.

Edward Taylor said he entered the Clinton, N.Y., college in 1942 intending to become a writer but took a chemistry class to satisfy a science requirement. After two years at Hamilton he transferred to Cornell University, where he earned his bachelor's degree and doctorate.

He went on to develop the cancer medication Alimta, royalties from which will he put toward the gift.

The gift from Mr. Taylor and his wife, Virginia, via their SunUp Foundation is the largest ever for Hamilton, which plans to use the money for financial aid, scientific research, and art facilities. The university's science center will be renamed for the couple.