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George N. Hatsopoulos G'20

Co-founder of Thermo Electron Corporation

Dr. Hatsopoulous founded Thermo Electron in 1956 because he wanted to create a company that would foster innovation and allow outstanding engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs to apply technology to emerging societal needs.

Since then, Thermo Electron has grown into an international company recognized as a world leader in environmental monitoring and analysis instruments and a major producer of paper-recycling equipment, biomedical products, alternative-energy systems, and other products and services related to environmental quality, health, and safety.

Dr. Hatsopoulous' training began in his native Greece at the National Technical University of Athens and continued at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received his bachelor’s (1949), master’s (1950), engineer’s (1954), and doctorate (1956) degrees all in mechanical engineering. In addition to his work at Thermo Electron, Dr. Hatsopoulos has testified at numerous congressional hearings on national energy policy and capital formation, and has served on many national committees on energy conservation, environmental protection, and international exchange.