Documentary Tells Story of Self-Taught Pittsburgh Astronomers Whose Inventions Changed the World Distributed via American Public Television

For Immediate Release

UNDAUNTED: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory is a one-hour documentary that tells the surprising stories of the Pittsburghers behind the birth of astrophysics and the invention of flight. The film will air on WQED-TV Pittsburgh on Thursday, May 9th at 8PM and is exclusively distributed via WQED to the over 360 independent and public television stations in the U.S. via American Public Television ( beginning May 19, 2013. The film is narrated by Pittsburgh native David Conrad and features an interview with famed astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The film was made possible with support from the following institutions:

Producer-Level Supporters:

  •     The Buhl Foundation
  •     The Pittsburgh Foundation
  •     The Richard King Mellon Foundation
  •     The University of Pittsburgh

Associate Producer-Level Supporters:

  •     The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh
  •     The Fine Foundation
  •     The Hillman Foundation
  •     The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Other Supporters:

  •     The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative
  •     Fort Pitt Capital Group
  •     The Henry J. Simonds Foundation

The Allegheny Observatory is owned and operated by the University of Pittsburgh as both a research and educational institution.

Executive produced by William Peduto, Pittsburgh City Council Member.

Produced in association with The Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA (
By: Dan Handley

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