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RIM founder gives extra $50-million to research institute


From Thursday's Globe and Mail

June 5, 2008 at 5:56 AM EDT

Research in Motion co-founder Mike Lazaridis donated an additional $50-million last night to the University of Waterloo's Perimeter Institute, bringing the total tally of his gifts to the prestigious physics centre to $150-million.

The co-CEO of BlackBerry maker RIM who often spends time at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics visiting with brilliant young minds, acknowledged the donation at a gathering of 600 celebrants in Waterloo last night.

"These are exciting times in science and we have the good fortune to propel new ideas right here in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada," he said. "It is an important mission I feel passionate about and wish to support."

The $50-million will couple with the $100-million donated when the institute was founded in 2000 to accelerate research with a focus on attracting more researchers and developing outreach programs with high schools and universities that encourage students to pursue physics.
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Perimeter has skyrocketed to international fame in the theoretical physics world and has churned out hundreds of research papers since Mr. Lazaridis founded the institute.

The institute also celebrated its partnership with the Canadian government last night, which injected $65-million into the project.

Mr. Lazaridis's hope for the institute is to nurture ideas that fuel innovations.

"There's a cycle to innovation. There's a small part of the population that has a love affair with discovering fundamental information, why things are the way they are," Mr. Lazaridis said.

"It's remarkable the success we've had understanding to such a high precision things you can never see."

Outreach director John Matlock called the institute an international leader in theoretical physics.

"You inch humanity forward and every once in a while there's a great breakthrough and a great Einstein," he said.
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