About six months ago, I was able to point to a nice gift from Steve Ballmer for Computer Science at Harvard. Today, more good news, this time for all of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: a $400 million gift from John Paulson, which (at least for now) is the largest donation to Harvard in its history.
Not surprisingly, there's extensive new coverage, starting with the Harvard Gazette, the Harvard Crimson, and the New York Times.
While I'm not aware of the details of the effects on our budget, it's clearly great for us long-term, and will help us continue to innovate and grow.
Also, for those interested, a recent Q&A with Harry Lewis from the Crimson, who's been acting as Interim Dean for SEAS.