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Dec 15, 2021

The James H. Clark Center (also abbreviated to the Clark Center) at Stanford University, California, United States, is a building, completed in 2003, that houses interdisciplinary research in the biological sciences.

“Clark Center” redirects here. For the community in Illinois, see Clark Center, Illinois.
A view of Clark Center to the north (top) and to the west (bottom) at night.

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The former Stanford computer scientist and entrepreneur James H. Clark donated $90 million of the total cost of $150 million to fund construction of the James H. Clark Center for interdisciplinary biomedical research.[1] Construction started in 2001 and was completed in the summer of 2003, as part of the Stanford University Bio-X program.[2] In September 2001, Clark rescinded $60 million of his initial 1999 pledge of $150 million to Stanford University for Bio-X, citing anger over President George W. Bush‘s restrictions on stem cell research.[3] The building opened on October 24, 2003.[4]

The building was designed by Foster and Partners[5] in collaboration with MBT Architecture, and was funded by donations from James H. Clark and Atlantic Philanthropies.[6]

The Clark Center is home to Stanford’s Bio-X Program, which seeks to encourage researchers in the biological sciences to interact with researchers in other fields.

Some of the researchers who are members of the Bio-X program include Robert Sapolsky,[7]Ami Bhatt,[8]Jonathan K. Pritchard,[9]Molly Schumer,[10]Natalia Gomez-Ospina,[11]Lynette Cegelski,[12] and Julie Baker.[13]

  1. Baker, Mitzi (October 29, 2003). “Clark Center, ‘nucleus for a range of new research’ opens”. news.stanford.edu. Stanford Report. Retrieved December 17, 2017. The building’s other major donor, previously anonymous, was The Atlantic Philanthropies, which contributed $60 million.
  2. “Clark Center”. biox.stanford.edu. Stanford University. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  3. Ornstein, Charles (September 1, 2001). “Donor Stops Big Payment to Stanford”. LA Times. Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  4. “Bio-X Clark Center 10th Anniversary”. Stanford Bio-X. 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  5. “James H. Clark Center, Stanford University”. Foster + Partners. 2003. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  6. “Clark Center”. Bio-X. Stanford University.
  7. University, © Stanford; Stanford; California 94305 (2014-03-11). “Robert Sapolsky – John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor and Professor of Biology, of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, and of Neurosurgery”. Welcome to Bio-X. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  8. University, © Stanford; Stanford; California 94305 (2014-10-02). “Ami Bhatt – Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology) and of Genetics”. Welcome to Bio-X. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  9. University, © Stanford; Stanford; California 94305. “Jonathan Pritchard”. Welcome to Bio-X. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  10. University, © Stanford; Stanford; California 94305 (2019-09-10). “Molly Schumer – Assistant Professor of Biology”. Welcome to Bio-X. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  11. University, © Stanford; Stanford; California 94305 (2018-11-02). “Natalia Gomez-Ospina – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Genetics and Stem Cell Transplantation)”. Welcome to Bio-X. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  12. University, © Stanford; Stanford; California 94305 (2014-03-12). “Lynette Cegelski – Associate Professor of Chemistry”. Welcome to Bio-X. Retrieved 2021-01-24.
  13. University, © Stanford; Stanford; California 94305 (2014-03-05). “Julie Baker – Associate Professor of Genetics”. Welcome to Bio-X. Retrieved 2021-01-20.

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