Henry Salvatori

As an immigrant to the United States, Henry Salvatori viewed America as the land of opportunity, and his life of hard work and principled convictions embodied the American spirit. As founder of the Western Geophysical Company, he developed important new oil-exploration technology. Throughout his life, he invested the rewards of his enterprise in projects that teach young people about America’s founding principles and institutions.

Mr. Salvatori deeply desired to help young Americans gain an understanding of individual rights, limited government and the moral foundations of American constitutionalism. His extraordinary generosity toward Hillsdale College established the Henry Salvatori Chair in History and the Henry Salvatori Prize for “Excellence in Teaching.”