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|Occupation||DHARMA Initiative founder|
|Played By||Courtney Lavigne|
Karen DeGroot was a doctoral Candidate from the University of Michigan, who founded the DHARMA Initiative in 1970. Influenced by B.F. Skinner, Karen and her partner Gerald set out to create a large scale communal research compound where scientists and free thinkers would be able to pursue scientific pursuits. When a Danish Industrialist named Alvar Hanso provided them with the adequate funds required, their dream was brought to life.