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Oct 18, 2011 11:07 AM by Associated Press (AW)

Professor donates $10M to UC Irvine

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - A professor has donated $10 million to the University of California, Irvine, after earning a fortune in winemaking.

Seventy-seven-year-old Francisco Ayala, who is one of the
world's top molecular biologists, owns more than 2,000 acres of vineyards in northern San Joaquin and Sacramento counties. He's producing well-regarded crops of Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and other varietals.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/oXGnjy )says the bounty of those fields has allowed Ayala to donate $10 million - $1 million a year for the next decade - to UC Irvine's School of Biological Sciences.

It's the largest-ever gift by a UC Irvine faculty member.


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