List of Cornell University faculty

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This list of Cornell University faculty includes notable current and former instructors and administrators of Cornell University, an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York.

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, four 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.

Nobel laureates[edit]


Peace, Literature, or Economics


  • 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

  • Herbert Spencer Gasser (Medical College, 1931–34) – Physiology or Medicine 1944
  • Fritz Albert Lipmann (Research Associate, Medical College, 1939–1941) – Physiology or Medicine 1953
  • Peter Medawar (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1965–71) – Physiology or Medicine 1960
  • Haldan Keffer Hartline (Associate Professor, Medical College, 1940–41) – Physiology or Medicine 1967
  • Robert W. Holley (Ph.D. 1947 Organic Chemistry; Professor and Department Chair in Biochemistry, 1948–64) – Physiology or Medicine 1968
  • Har Gobind Khorana (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1974–80) – Physiology or Medicine 1968
  • Robert F. Furchgott (Assistant Professor of biochemistry, Research Associate, Medical College, 1941–49) – Physiology or Medicine 1998
  • Paul Greengard (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1981–87) – Physiology or Medicine 2000

MacArthur awards[edit]

  • Archie Randolph Ammons (Professor of Creative Writing, 1964–98) – Poetry 1981
  • Alice Fulton (Professor of Creative Writing) – Poetry 1991
  • Paul Ginsparg (Professor of Physics and Computing & Information Science) - Physics 2002
  • Stephen Lee (Professor of Solid State Chemistry) - Chemistry 1993
  • Jon Kleinberg (Tisch University Professor of Computer Science) - Computer Science 2005
  • Michal Lipson (Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering) - Optical Physics 2010
  • Craig Fennie (Assistant Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics) - Materials Science 2013

Natural sciences and related fields[edit]





Computer science and Engineering[edit]

Paul Ginsparg at Cornell University

Biology, ecology, botany, nutrition[edit]


Geology and geography[edit]

Social sciences[edit]




  • 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
  • Lynn Stout - Distinguished Professor of Corporate & Business Law

Anthropology, sociology, other social science[edit]






Architecture and design[edit]

Fine arts and photography[edit]

Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes


Journalism, film, television, theatre[edit]

  • 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) – Journalist and documentary film maker

Government, law, business[edit]



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