The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation was established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr., then President and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Corporation. The Foundation's interests lie in science, technology, and economic performance. They Made America dramatizes how scientific and technological innovation has helped shape the world we live in. The Sloan Foundation also provided early support for the book They Made America (Little Brown), the inspiration for the series written by Sir Harold Evans to be published in October 2004.
The harnessing of science and technology by the innovators and entrepreneurs included in this series highlights a vital ingredient for sparking historical change. The Sloan Foundation is pleased to join WGBH in presenting a range of individuals who vary significantly in their personas and their creations, but whose understanding of science and technology -- of how the laws of nature can be used to extend human capability -- helped turn their ideas into reality. Please see http://www.sloan.org/ to review additional plays, films, books, documentaries and other projects that support the spirit of innovation in science and technology.