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Hale was matchless in raising funds for astronomy. The 200" was his fourth and final telescope project. Not only did he convince the Rockefeller Foundation to commit 6 million (in 1928 dollars) to the project, he managed the delicate egos involved and sheparded the project through countless hurdles and seemingly overwhelming obstacles. It was decided early on that the California Institute of Technology would manage operation of the new telescope, even though they did not have an astronomy department at the time. Caltech grew quickly in the 20's and 30's, thanks in part to Hale's ability to attract top notch talent to the west coast.