A Century of Excellence in Science and
Technology at the University of Washington
Alvin L. Kwiram
Vice Provost for Research
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON RESOLVED:
"That we also indicate to the members of the Faculty our desire that each member of the Faculty endeavor to themselves perform some original work such as inventing, discovery or writing, in their respective departments."
-- From an 1895 resolution by the Board of Regents
shortly after they moved to the present campus
WE SHALL NOT CEASE FROM EXPLORATION
AND THE END OF ALL OUR EXPLORING
WILL BE TO ARRIVE WHERE WE STARTED
AND KNOW THE PLACE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
THROUGH THE UNKNOWN, REMEMBERED GATE
WHEN THE LAST OF EARTH LEFT TO DISCOVER
IS THAT WHICH WAS THE BEGINNING;
AT THE SOURCE OF THE LONGEST RIVER
THE VOICE OF THE HIDDEN WATERFALL
AND THE CHILDREN IN THE APPLE-TREE
NOT KNOWN, BECAUSE NOT LOOKED FOR
BUT HEARD, HALF-HEARD, IN THE STILLNESS
BETWEEN TWO WAVES OF THE SEA.
-- T. S. Eliot, from Four Quartets
EVERY GREAT ADVANCE IN SCIENCE HAS ISSUED FROM A NEW AUDACITY OF IMAGINATION.
-- John Dewey (1859-1952),
from The Quest for Certainty (1929)