• John Bryson (center), his daughter Kathleen (center left), and wife, Louise (center right), during a Caltech campus visit with President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics (left), and Nate Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor and Professor of Chemistry (right), in 2017
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New Fellowships Will Energize Sustainability Research

Caltech senior trustee John Bryson and his wife, Louise, have created the John E. Bryson Fellow endowment at Caltech, which will support 10 Caltech graduate students each year with a focus on sustainable energy research. The couple's $5 million gift to Break Through: The Caltech Campaign was supplemented with additional funds from the Gordon and Betty Moore Graduate Fellowship Match.

John Bryson co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) after graduating from Yale Law School in 1969. He then served as chair of the California Water Resources Board and as president of the California Public Utilities Commission. Bryson went on to champion clean energy at the helm of utility giant Edison International and served as U.S. secretary of commerce under the Obama administration.

Read more on the Break Through campaign website.