founding father (of something)

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founding father

Someone who was instrumental in the beginning or creation of something. Capitalized when used to refer to a member of the US Constitutional Convention. As the founding fathers of this club, we really want to see it thrive after we graduate. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were among the nation's Founding Fathers.
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founding father (of something)

A man who was instrumental in the creation or pioneering of something. Many consider Alexander Fleming to be the founding father of modern antibiotics. The day is a celebration of the founding fathers of the small country.
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founding father

someone who establishes an institution.
Founding Father is used in particular of an American statesman at the time of the Revolution, especially a member of the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787 .
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the ˌfounding ˈfather(s) of something

(formal) the people who found or start a country, an organization, a branch of science, etc: Charles Babbage, the founding father of computer science
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On this occasion we pay homage to the founding fathers and to all those laid down their lives and suffered grievously for the cause of an independent homeland .
The founding fathers of our beloved country believed in the unlimited potential of the youth.
When we think about the founding fathers of the United States, we envisage Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Washington, and many others in the late 1700s.
The Founding Fathers display begins with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi and 'Father of the Nation', and gives visitors a chance to view personal objects including his cane, prayer beads, sunglasses, wrist watch, and a pocket watch.
However, the Founding Fathers did not consider a natural born citizen and citizen as one and the same.
The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible considers the patterns of American politics that originated with the founding fathers, but which have moved far from their early guidance.
Abidjan: In a moving speech, which sums up his 10 years service to the African Development Bank (AfDB), as President, Donald Kaberuka gave glowing tributes to the founding fathers and staff of the organization in its 50 years.
Sir Bob championed the cause of Charles William Alcock, who was born in Sunderland and is considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern-day football.
It is in the egalitarian spirit of the founding fathers that Akbar Ahmed, former Pakistani ambassador to the UK and currently teaches at Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, and several of his young American students traveled across the United States to explore American identity through the eyes of Muslims.
This timely monograph on American democracy and its founding principles examines the conflicting ideal of the Founding Fathers, and explores the battle between structural checks and balances and the rights and will of the people in American politics.
For the Founding Fathers, religious freedom was at the very core of being American.
Taking the marital situations as a lens by which to view the founding fathers in their rounded, and sometimes spiky, figures, Fleming concentrates more on the public acts of the men than on his stated route.
GEORGE MAHON REV BEN CHAMBERS JOHN HOULDING DR JAMES BAXTER WILL CUFF JOHN McKENNA PICTURE PERFECT: David France and the founding fathers of Merseyside football in the Main Stand at Anfield
The Founding Fathers are called ahead of their time for a reason, as much of their ideas and concepts still hold very well today.
Something that will surprise the world; the essential writings of the founding fathers.