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UC Irvine's Science Library was formally renamed the Francisco J. Ayala Science Library on Friday, Oct. 15

Chancellor Michael Drake lauded the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences' lifelong work as a biologist, his success at bridging the schism between science and religion, and his unswerving dedication to the University of California. Ayala, who this year received the esteemed Templeton Prize, donated the $1.3 million award to scholarships for UCI graduate students. Ayala, accepting the honor, said: "A library represents more than anything else a university. It is where knowledge is stored and where knowledge is incubated for the future - and graduate students are the future. So I could think of no greater honor than this. There is no other place that would be more meaningful to me than a library, particularly this library."

At right: Professor Francisco J. Ayala with Chancellor Michael Drake

 

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