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Cornellians are persons affiliated with Cornell University, commonly including alumni, current and former faculty members, students, and others. Here follows a list of notable Cornellians.

41 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Cornell as faculty members or students, placing it among the top ten universities in the world in numbers of Nobel affiliates.

Cornell's faculty for the 2005-06 academic year included three Nobel laureates, a Crafoord Prize winner, two Turing Award winners, a Fields Medal winner, two Legion of Honor recipients, a World Food Prize winner, an Andrei Sakharov Prize winner, three National Medal of Science winners, two Wolf Prize winners, five MacArthur award winners, four Pulitzer Prize winners, two Eminent Ecologist Award recipients, a Carter G. Woodson Scholars Medallion recipient, four Presidential Early Career Award winners, 20 National Science Foundation CAREER grant holders, a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research, a recipient of the American Mathematical Society's Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement, a recipient of the Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, three Packard Foundation grant holders, a Keck Distinguished Young Scholar, two Beckman Foundation Young Investigator grant holders, and two NYSTAR (New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research) early career award winners.

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Alumni

Nobel laureates

Physics

Peace, Literature, or Economics

Physiology or Medicine

Government

Heads of State

U.S. Cabinet and Cabinet-level Ranks

U.S. Senators, Governors, Supreme Court

U.S. Congressmen

Diplomats

Judges and Lawyers

Others

Natural Sciences and related fields

Mathematics

Physics

Astronomy

Chemistry

Computer science and Engineering

Biology, ecology, botany, nutrition

Medicine

NASA astronauts

Social sciences

Humanities

Philosophy

Literature

History

Glenn C. Altschuler

Music

Architecture and design

Fine arts and photography

Media

Journalism

Film, television, theatre

Education

David Starr Jordan, founding president of Stanford University

Business

Founders

Irwin M. Jacobs, Co-founder of Qualcomm

Chairpersons, CEO's, Executives

Athletics

See also: Cornell in Professional Sports

American football

Ice hockey

Olympics

See also: Cornell Olympians

Other

Crime

Faculty

Nobel laureates

Physics

Peace, Literature, or Economics

Chemistry

  • Peter Debye (Professor of Chemistry, 1940-50; Department Chair) - Chemistry 1936
  • James B. Sumner (Professor, 1929-55 and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry/Nutrition) - Chemistry 1946
  • Vincent du Vigneaud (Professor of Biochemistry, Medical College, 1938-67), Professor of Chemistry, 1967-75) - Chemistry 1955
  • Manfred Eigen (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1965-76) - Chemistry 1967
  • Paul Flory (Chemistry faculty, 1948-57) - Chemistry 1974
  • Roald Hoffmann (Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor in Humane Letters) - Chemistry 1981
  • Henry Taube (Assistant Professor, 1944-46) - Chemistry 1983
  • Richard R. Ernst (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1996-2002) - Chemistry 1991

Physiology or Medicine

Natural Sciences and related fields

Mathematics

Physics

Astronomy

Chemistry

Computer science and Engineering

Paul Ginsparg at Cornell University
  • Paul Ginsparg (Professor of Physics and Computing & Information Science, 2001-) - Developer of the arXiv e-print archive
  • Joseph Halpern (Professor of Computer Science) - Computer scientist
  • Juris Hartmanis (Professor, 1965-) - Computer scientist; Turing Award recipient, 1993
  • John Hopcroft (IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in Computer Science) - Turing Award recipient, 1986
  • Trevor Pinch (Chair of Science and Technology Studies Department) - Chair of the Science and Technology Studies department
  • Theodore Paul Wright (Acting President, 1951) - U.S. aeronautical engineer and educator

Biology, ecology, botany, nutrition

Medicine

Geology and geography

Social sciences

Economics

Psychology

Law

  • G. Robert Blakey professor of law and director of the Cornell Institute on Organized Crime (1973-80) - author of the RICO statute and chief counsel to House Select Committee on Assassinations
  • Milton R. Konvitz - head of Liberian codification project

Anthropology, sociology, other social science

Humanities

Philosophy

Literature

History

  • Felix Adler (Professor of Hebrew and Oriental Literature, 1874-76) - Early 20th century Jewish rationalist and social reformer
  • Glenn C. Altschuler, Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies, a Weiss Presidential Fellow, and the Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at Cornell University.
  • Carl L. Becker (John Wendell Anderson Professor of History, 1917-41) - Historian, namesake of Carl Becker House
  • David Brion Davis (Professor of History, 1957-69?) - 1967 Pulitzer Prize winner--scholar of slavery and American intellectual history
  • Anthony Grafton (Professor) - One of the leading scholars of the Renaissance
  • Donald Kagan (Professor) - Classicist
  • Michael Kammen (Professor of History) - 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Constitution scholar
  • Walter LaFeber (Steven Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow of History, 1958-2006) - U.S. foreign policy historian
  • Goldwin Smith (Professor of English and Constitutional History, 1868-71) - Historian, University Reformer, namesake of Goldwin Smith Hall
  • Carl Stephenson (Professor of Medieval history, 1930-54?) - Influential early 20th century medievalist.
  • John Szarkowski (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1983-89) - Influential photography curator, historian, and critic
  • Herbert Tuttle, 19th-century historian, author, (Professor of international law)

Music

Architecture and design

Fine arts and photography

Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes

Media

Journalism, film, television, theatre

  • John Cleese (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1999-2006; Provost’s Visiting Professor, 2006-) - Comedian and actor
  • John Pilger (Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 University Professor, 2003-06) - Left-wing journalist

Government, law, business

Education

Athletics

Fictional Cornellians

University Presidents

See also: History of the Cornell Presidency
Also see Ivy League Presidents.
President Life Tenure
Andrew Dickson White 1832-1918 1866-1885
Charles Kendall Adams 1856-1902 1885-1892
Jacob Gould Schurman 1854-1942 1892-1920
Livingston Farrand 1867-1939 1921-1937
Edmund Ezra Day 1883-1951 1937-1949
Deane Waldo Malott 1898-1996 1951-1963
James A. Perkins 1911-1998 1963-1969
Dale R. Corson b. 1914 1969-1977
Frank H.T. Rhodes b. 1926 1977-1995
Hunter R. Rawlings III b. 1944 1995-2003
Jeffrey S. Lehman (B.A. 1977) b. 1956 2003-2005
David J. Skorton b. 1949 2006-

Trustees

See also: Cornell University Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is vested with "supreme control" over the entire university, in accordance to university bylaws. The board's major responsibilities are to establish the degrees that are awarded by the university, elect the president, and adopt an annual plan of financial operation. Day-to-day administration has been delegated by the trustees to the president. There are 64 voting members on the board, including students, employees, faculty, and alumni that are voted onto the board by their respective group. The four ex officio members of the board are the president of the university, the governor of the state of New York, the speaker of the state assembly, and the president of the state senate. The current chairman of the board is Peter C. Meinig.

Chairmen of the Board of Trustees:

Chairman Tenure
Ezra Cornell 1866-1874
Henry W. Sage 1875-1897
Roswell P. Flower 1897-1899
None 1899-1917
Frank H. Hiscock 1917-1939
J. DuPratt White 1939
Howard Edward Babcock 1940-1947
Neal Dow Becker 1947-1953
John Lyon Collyer 1953-1959
Arthur H. Dean 1959-1968
Robert W. Purcell 1968-1978
Jansen Noyes, Jr. 1978-1984
Austin H. Kiplinger 1984-1989
Stephen H. Weiss 1989-1997
Harold Tanner 1997-2002
Peter C. Meinig 2002-

Directors of Cornell athletics

Cornell's athletics were for many years run by the CU Athletics Association, which was financially independent from the University. Here is a list of people who held paid positions to head Cornell's athletic endeavors.[9]

Name Tenure Title
John L. Senior '01 1901-07 Graduate Manager of Athletics
William J. Dugan '07 1907-10 Graduate Manager of Athletics
John H. Scott '09 1910-11 Graduate Manager of Athletics
G. Ervin Kent '11 1911-18 Graduate Manager of Athletics
Romeyn (Rym) Berry '04 1919-35 Graduate Manager of Athletics
James Lynah '05 1935-44 Director of Athletics
Bob Kane '34 1941-44 Acting Director of Athletics
Bob Kane '34 1944-71 Director of Athletics
Bob Kane '34 1971-76 Dean of Athletics
Jon T. Anderson 1971-75 Director of Athletics
Bob Kane '34 1975-76 Dean of Athletics
Richard D. (Dick) Schultz 1976-81 Director of Athletics
Michael L. (Mike) Slive 1981-83 Director of Athletics
Laing E. Kennedy '63 1983-94 Director of Athletics
Charles H. Moore '51 1994-99 Director of Athletics
J. Andrew (Andy) Noel Jr. 1999-present Director of Athletics

See also

References

External links

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