Biography of Andrew Carnegie
The Carnegie Lecture Theatre, at the east entrance to the Joseph Black Building, is named for the famous industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919).
Carnegie was born in Fife but made his fortune in the USA. His family emigrated in 1848 and Carnegie worked in a cotton factory and a telegraph office before becoming a railroad manager. He began investing in other industries, most famously in iron and steel, and became one of the world's richest men when he sold his business interests in 1900.
Carnegie devoted much of the rest of his life to philanthropic causes, including the endowment of universities and free libraries. His benefactions amounted to more than US$350m during his lifetime, and he left much of his remaining fortune to the Carnegie Corporation for distribution in pursuit of the "advancement and diffusion of knowledge".