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The Athenaeum at Caltech is a private university club on the California Institute of Technology campus.

Illustrious regulars at the Athenaeum Round Table have included David Baltimore,[1] Robert Christy,[1] Lee Alvin DuBridge,[2] Richard Feynman,[1] William Alfred Fowler,[3] Scott Fraser,[1] Jesse L. Greenstein,[4] Charles Christian Lauritsen,[3] and Maarten Schmidt.[5]

The Athenaeum was designed by Gordon Kaufmann, and is well known for its architecture. It opened in 1930, and serves as Caltech's Faculty Club. It includes a highly respected restaurant, provides a hotel with several named suites (e.g. The Einstein Suite, where Albert Einstein lived while at Caltech), and is a primary social gathering place for the Caltech community.[6]

Membership includes Caltech faculty, staff, graduate students, alumni, trustees, and Associates of the California Institute of Technology, and staff of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Palomar Observatory, and the Huntington Library and Art Gallery.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d John M. Broder (March 7, 2004). "When These Friends Get Together, the Talk Is Rarely Small". The New York Times. "The Cal Tech [sic] discussions could be compared to the celebrated Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, where leading literary wits of the 1920's traded quips and well-crafted insults. But the round table at the Athenaeum is a more sober and discursive affair. The discussions are notable for their spirit of inquiry, lack of intellectual pretension and absence of verbal one-upmanship."  
  2. ^ Jesse L. Greenstein. "Lee Alvin Dubridge". National Academies Press Biographical Memoirs.  
  3. ^ a b Donald D. Clayton (January 1996). "William Alfred Fowler (1911-1995)". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.  
  4. ^ Robert P. Kraft. "Jesse Leonard Greenstein". National Academies Press Biographical Memoirs.  
  5. ^ Alan Zarembo interview with Maarten Schmidt (June 16, 2008). "1942: A space odyssey - Celebrated astrophysicist traces passion to WWII sky". The Journal Gazette.  
  6. ^ a b The Athenaeum website


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