Atkinson owned more than $200 million of Qualcomm stock, according to the financial disclosure statement he is required to file. Qualcomm, which already has various technology agreements with UCSD, lobbied hard for the institute.
Richard Lerner, head of La Jolla's Scripps Research Institute, helped conceive the idea of the institute.
Posted January 25, 2001
Stories this photo appears in:
UCSD — ever cozier with Leap Wireless, Qualcomm, Ericsson, IBM, Sun Microsystems