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Lucien I. Blake

Back In Power

October 2, 2002

KU announces that its 1887 powerhouse building will be transformed into a new home for the Hall Center for the Humanities.

Lightning Strikes…Twice

March 22, 1898

Fire destroys KU’s engineering building and heating plant, prompting Kansas City businessman George A. Fowler to donate $18,000 to rebuild the facilities, which became known as the Fowler Shops.

Water On The Brain

February 23, 1895

KU physics and engineering professor, Lucien I. Blake, successfully transmits the first long distance ship-to-shore message using underwater wireless technology.

The Chateau That Blake Built

March 11, 1893

The Kansas Legislature authorizes $50,000 for the construction of a new physics and electrical engineering building, a striking structure resembling a French chateau now remembered as “old” Blake Hall.

Eight Is Enough

April 2, 1890

Eight KU professors establish the University’s chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society, the first west of the Mississippi and the 31st nationwide.