January 16, 2001
Volume 47
Number 18

Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder

Benjamin Franklin's 295th Birthday;

225th Anniversary of French-American Alliance;

250th Anniversary of Founding of Pennsylvania Hospital

If Benjamin Franklin were to step into the 21st century, he would no doubt be the CEO of a "Philacon Valley" enterprise. This is because Franklin was an innovator, an inventor and a scientist. Also, like most CEO's, he was a man who wasn't afraid to sign documents, in this instance, the four most important American documents--the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Constitution of the United States, and the Treaty of Peace with England.

Philadelphians will learn more about Franklin at the third annual Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder, to be held January 17--the date of his birth--and January 18, at The Franklin Institute. These events were established in 1999 to bring national and international attention to Franklin.

Each annual Celebration! is directed in-depth to a facet of his life or philosophy. World statesmen, scientists, scholars and thinkers are invited to address themes inspired by Franklin's ideas and life. Themes for the two-day 2001 birthday celebration are: 1) Medicine: Care and Research and 2) Diplomacy: The Essential Alliance.

On January 17, at 11 a.m., Mayor John F. Street will lead a group of dignitaries in a wreath-laying ceremony at Benjamin Franklin's Grave, Christ Church Graveyard, at 5th and Arch Streets. The Procession--organized by Arthur Saxon (W '60, G '63) vice chair of the Celebration! --will begin from The American Philosophical Society--Library Hall, 105 S. 5th St., to 5th and Arch Streets. The First City Troop and Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipe and Drum Band will accompany the Procession.

A luncheon will follow in honor of the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Pennsylvania Hospital and the 295th birthday of its co-founder, Benjamin Franklin, at the Hospital. Following will be four seminars to present the latest progress in the treatment of cardiac conditions and cancer and on the topics of orthopedics and the neurosciences, at the Zubrow Auditorium, 8th and Spruce Streets., from 2 to 4 p.m. The moderator will be Dr. Colin C. Bird, dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

On January 17, the Hospital will host the third annual Dinner in Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder, at The Franklin Institute. Mayor Street's proclamation designating Celebration! Benjamin Franklin Day, will be read at the Dinner. Welcoming the attendees in the Franklin Gallery will be B. Franklin Reinauer, II (Wh '38) Celebration! chair. Following at the Benjamin Franklin Memorial will be the dinner keynote address by Dr. Beverly S. Emanuel, an eminent molecular geneticist. Dr. Emanuel's topic is: From Maps to Medicine: The Impact of the Genome Project. 

Charles E. Ludwig (C '53, Law '56) Celebration! vice chair, will present the Franklin Founder Bowl to Dr. Emanuel, director of Human Genetics Center, Penn/CHOP. Dr. Emanuel has actively directed the mapping of the human genome and is a co-discoverer of its organization. She holds the Charles E. H. Upham Chair in Pediatrics at Penn's School of Medicine. A renowned geneticist, Dr. Emanuel has written 20 landmark publications.

On Thursday, January 18, a Celebration of the 225th Anniversary of the French-American Alliance will begin with a reception at the Visitor's Center at 5:45 p.m. French Ambassador to the U.S., François Bujon de l'Estang, will participate in the Toasts to France and America. Mayor Street's proclamation designating The French-American Alliance Day, will be presented. At 6:45 p.m., there will be a world premiere of Tête á Tête at the Visitors Center, 3rd and Chestnut Streets. This film depicts a secret meeting between Benjamin Franklin and Chevalier Julien Achard de Bonvouloir, an emissary representing the Court of France. It tells the story of Bonvouloir's courageous mission that ultimately led to victory at Yorktown, and to America's independence.

In addition to the University of Pennsylvania, the other participating organizations are: The City of Philadelphia, The Mayor's Office, Philadelphia City Council, American Philosophical Society, The Carpenters' Company, The Contributionship Companies, Franklin Inn Club, The Franklin Institute, Fireman's Hall Museum, The Friends of Franklin, Inc., Friends of Franklin House, U.S., Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, Independence National Historical Park, John Bartram Association, The Library Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Princeton Club of Philadelphia.

For more information, contact Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder chair, B. Franklin Reinauer, II, at (973) 697-7697 or Charles Ludwig, vice chair, at (215) 981-3525.

Kaplan's Gift: Joshi Chair

 Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Penn alumnus Jerry Kaplan has made a $500,000 gift to the School of Engineering and Applied Science in honor or faculty member Dr. Aravind K. Joshi.

Dr. Kaplan, a resident of Hillsborough, CA, received his Ph.D. in computer and information science from Penn in 1979. His doctoral advisor was Dr. Joshi, the Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science and co-director of Penn's Institute for Research and Cognitive Science.

Dr. Kaplan is widely known in the computer industry as an entrepreneur and technical innovator. He is currently co-chairman of Egghead.com. In 1994, Dr. Kaplan co-founded Onsale, the first Internet auction house. Previously, he was chairman and co-founder of GO Corporation, a pen-based computer company, which was the subject of his best-selling book, Startup--A Silicon Valley Adventure. He has also served as principal technologist at Lotus Development Corporation, where he co-authored Lotus Agenda (1986), and co-founded Teknowledge, an artificial intelligence company in 1981. He was a research associate in computer science at Stanford University after graduating from Penn.

 The Aravind K. Joshi Endowed Term Assistant Professorship in Computer and Information Science will be awarded to a junior faculty member who is among the best in his or her field and who possesses the intellectual and entrepreneurial drive to become a leader in teaching and research. "It is with pride and gratitude that we accept this gift," said SEAS Dean Eduardo Glandt. It not only honors the extraordinary work of Dr. Joshi, but supports the School's commitment to technology and computer science through recruitment and retention of faculty of the highest caliber."

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 18, January 16, 2001