Did You Know?
> The Associates was founded on March 9, 1926 at the home of Henry E. Huntington.
> Founding members included the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, founders of the Edison Company and Southern California Gas Company, a U.S. senator turned resort developer, and former Occidental College President.
> In 1929, two of the founding members, Allan and Janet Balch, set aside stocks and bonds to build Caltech's Athenaeum that would serve as a gathering place for the Caltech faculty, staffs of the Huntington Library and Art Gallery and the Hale Observatories, and the Associates. In their wisdom, the Balchs converted these assets to cash just before the stock market crashed. With half a million dollars earmarked exclusively for one building, Caltech could create the beautiful and elaborate setting we have today.
> Albert Einstein was the speaker at the Associates' inaugural event held at the newly opened Athenaeum in 1931. It was the venue's first formal dinner, and three Nobel Prize winners—Einstein, Robert Andrews Millikan, and Albert Abraham Michelson—were in attendance.
> Today the Associates is made up of 2,000 individual members across the world.
> Associates membership is 70% non-alumni members.
> Associates members have contributed to more than 37 new and renovated Institute buildings on campus. One such building was the Beckman Auditorium, which was built as a venue for the Watson lectures and still today aims to make science more accessible to the public.
> The Associates have and continue to endow many fellowships and scholarships that enables Caltech students to be limited by only their imaginations.
> Associates membership contributions directly provide unrestricted funds for early stages of innovative research projects that lead to world-changing impact and discovery.
> Associates members have traveled near and far, from the Galapagos to Palomar Observatory.
> The Associates has three chapters: Southern California, Northern California, and East Coast.