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Amos G. Throop was the founder of the California Institute of Technology. Harvard Square Library presents below an excerpt from Caltech’s Architectural History, by Romy Wyllie, to offer an illustrated consideration of this Universalist’s life. A fervent adherent to liberal religion, Throop established a Universalist group in Pasadena in 1886; the church still survives as Throop Memorial Church. He is now best known for founding in 1891 (with a gift of over $100,000) the California Institute of Technology, which is today one of the world’s most selective universities.