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Uncas A. Whitaker

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Uncas A. Whitaker
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U. A. Whitaker
Born(1900-03-22)March 22, 1900
DiedSeptember 1975(1975-09-00) (aged 75)
OccupationMechanical engineer
Chemical engineer

Uncas Aeneas Whitaker (March 22, 1900 – September 1975)[1] was a prominent mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, lawyer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Raised in Missouri, he received a mechanical engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an electrical engineering degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology and a law degree from the Cleveland Law School.[2] At the age of 41, he founded Aircraft-Marine Products, AMP Incorporated, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which would become the world's largest manufacturer of electrical devices and connectors.[3] His company was instrumental in the development of miniature components and advanced computer technologies which have been incorporated into literally thousands of business operations and commercial products.[2]

When Whitaker died in 1975, he left part of his fortune for a foundation to improve people's lives primarily by supporting Biomedical engineering research and education. Money provided for the Whitaker Foundation by Whitaker and his wife, Helen Whitaker, totaled $120 million. In 1994, the foundation was the sixty-first largest foundation in the United States with assets of $340 million and annual expenditures of $26 million.

During his lifetime, Whitaker also created a philanthropic program to improve the quality of life in the Harrisburg area, AMP's home community. Today the Harrisburg-area Regional Program continues this initiative.[4]

U.A. Whitaker Building on the main campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology
U.A. Whitaker Building on the main campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology

Notable things named after U. A. Whitaker include:

See also


  1. ^ Anthony Hallett, Diane Hallett, Entrepreneur Magazine Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs, 1997: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 286-287 (ISBN 0471175366)
  2. ^ a b "20th Century Great American Business Leaders". Harvard Business School. 2004. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  3. ^ "AMP Incorporated History". Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "About the Whitaker Foundation" (Press release). Whitaker Foundation 1998 Annual Report. 1999. Retrieved 2007-01-05.

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