Diana and Roy VagelosDiana and Roy Vagelos

With a gift of $15 million, University of Pennsylvania trustee emeritus P. Roy Vagelos, C’50, Hon’99, and his wife, Diana, both PAR’90, are continuing to ensure Penn’s leadership in energy research by endowing two professorships dedicated to this critically important field.

“Energy use and its impact on the world is one of the most challenging problems that we face today, and Penn is committed to being part of the solution,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Roy and Diana Vagelos are helping us to lead the way by supporting the expansion of a dynamic, interdisciplinary energy research environment at Penn—from a new program in undergraduate education to the recruitment of top faculty. We are grateful to Roy and Diana for partnering with us on this critical priority.”

Scholars recruited for the Vagelos Professorships will be leaders in their fields and build upon Penn’s existing strengths in energy research, particularly in the study of photonics and plasmonics.

For more on the Vageloses’ gift, read the full Almanac article.