Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art,accredited institution of higher education; in New York City; coeducational; chartered and opened in 1859. Founded by Peter CooperCooper, Peter,
1791–1883, American inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist, b. New York City. After achieving success in the glue business, Cooper, with two partners, erected (1829) the Canton Iron Works in Baltimore.
..... Click the link for more information. , it pioneered in evening engineering and art schools; day schools were added in 1900. Today it includes schools of engineering, art, and architecture, a division of adult education, and a faculty of humanities and social sciences. A new academic building located at Cooper Square in the East Village and designed by Thom MayneMayne, Thom,
1944–, American architect, b. Waterbury, Conn., grad. Univ. of Southern California (B.A., 1968), Harvard (M.A., 1978). In 1972 Mayne cofounded the firm Morphosis in Santa Monica, Calif., where he is still principal.
..... Click the link for more information. opened in 2009. The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, was founded in 1897 as part of Cooper Union by Sarah, Eleanor, and Amy Hewitt, granddaughters of Peter Cooper. Since 1967 the museum, still located in New York City, has been a division of the Smithsonian InstitutionSmithsonian Institution,
research and education center, mainly at Washington, D.C.; founded 1846 under the terms of the will of James Smithson of London, who in 1829 bequeathed his fortune to the United States to create an establishment for the "increase and diffusion of
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