List of California Institute of Technology people

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The California Institute of Technology has had numerous notable alumni and faculty.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni who went on to become members of the faculty are listed only in this category.

Physics and Astronomy[edit]

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering[edit]

  • David T. Allen, PhD 1983; Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering at University of Texas, Austin. Known for contributions to improving air quality and for developments in sustainable engineering education and practice. Elected member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Fred C. Anson, (former faculty) BS 1954; Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus at Caltech; Member of National Academy of Sciences. Known for pioneering work on the electrochemistry of polymers, on the catalysis of electrode reactions, and on electrochemical reactions that involve ultrathin coating of molecules on electrode surfaces.
  • Peter B. Armentrout, PhD 1980
  • Jesse L. Beauchamp, BS 1964
  • Arnold Beckman, PhD 1928; inventor of the pH meter, founder of Beckman Instruments and financier of the first "silicon" company in Silicon Valley, Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory; National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Richard D. Braatz, PhD 1993
  • Leo Brewer, BS 1940
  • Richard G. Brewer, BS 1951; pioneer in quantum optics and nonlinear laser spectroscopy, particularly advanced techniques in the study of laser induced steady state and transient phenomena; researcher at IBM Almaden research laboratories; IBM fellow, elected member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Emily A. Carter, PhD 1987
  • Christopher Chang, BS/MS 1997
  • Robert N. Clayton, PhD 1955; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Robert E. Cohen, PhD 1972; Raymond A. (1921) and Helen E. St. Laurent Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT; member of National Academy of Engineering. Leader in field of polymer science and engineering
  • William H. Corcoran, (former faculty) BS 1941, PhD 1948; Institute Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech. Known for research in biomedical engineering (particularly fluid flow and design of artificial heart valves), chemical engineering kinetics, engineering design, pharmaceutical process engineering and development design, rocketry, and transport processes. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Charles D. Coryell, BS 1932, PhD 1935
  • Paul Hugh Emmett, PhD 1925
  • David A. Evans, PhD 1967
  • Gary Felsenfeld, PhD 1955, Distinguished Investigator and Chief of the section on physical chemistry in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Widely recognized for research on the physical chemistry of nucleic acids and proteins and their interactions with each other and with small molecules; structure of DNA and synthetic polynucleotides; structure and function of chromatin, particularly as it relates to eukaryotic gene expression; and regulation of globin gene expression during development. Member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Gerald Fuller, PhD 1980
  • Jacqueline G. Gish, PhD 1976; Northrop Grumman Technology Fellow; recognized for significant contributions to the development of high-energy lasers, development of diagnostics for plasma and laser programs. and leadership of efforts on chemical lasers and solid state lasers. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • William A. Goddard, III, PhD 1965; faculty, theoretical chemist
  • Wilson Ho, BS/MS 1975; Donald Bren Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry, University of California, Irvine. Renowned physical chemist known for, among other things, development of single-molecule scanning tunneling microscopy methods and instrumentation and investigation of nanoscale materials, surfaces, and phenomena. Member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • James L. Hoard, PhD 1932
  • Brian M. Hoffman, PhD 1966; Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University; known for major contributions to electron paramagnetic resonance and electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) of metalloenzymes; long-range electron transfer within protein complexes; and new porphyrazine metallomacrocycles. Member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • James A. Ibers, BS 1951, PhD 1954; Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor (Emeritus) of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Harold 'Hal' Johnston, PhD 1948; pioneering atmospheric chemist and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at UC Berkeley; National Medal of Science recipient; winner of Tyler World Prize for Environmental Achievement; member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Christopher W. Jones, PhD 1999
  • Eric W. Kaler, BS 1978
  • Martin Karplus, PhD 1953; Nobel laureate in chemistry (2013)
  • Chaitan Khosla, PhD 1990; Alan T. Waterman Award winner;
  • Nathan Lewis, BS/MS 1977
  • William Lipscomb, PhD 1946; Nobel laureate in chemistry (1976)
  • Stephen L. Mayo, PhD 1987; (faculty) Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry at Caltech
  • Joseph Edward Mayer, BS 1924
  • Harden M. McConnell, PhD 1951; Wolf Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Edwin Mattison McMillan, BS 1928, MS 1929; Nobel laureate in chemistry (1951); National Medal of Science recipient
  • Matthew Meselson, PhD 1957; Lasker Award recipient; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • Kurt Mislow, PhD 1947; Professor Emeritus of chemistry at Princeton University; known for major contributions to physical organic chemistry. Member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Milan Mrksich, PhD 1994; Henry Wade Rodgers Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
  • Daniel G. Nocera, PhD 1984
  • José Onuchic, PhD 1987
  • Dinshaw J. Patel, MS 1963; Member and Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Chair in Experimental Therapeutics, Structural Biology Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center + Professor, Graduate Program in Biochemistry & Structural Biology, Weill School of Medical Sciences, Cornell University; member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Linus Pauling, PhD 1925; faculty, two-time sole Nobel laureate in chemistry (1954) and peace (1962); National Medal of Science recipient
  • Nikola Pavletich, BS 1988
  • Cornelius J. Pings, BS 1951, PhD 1955; (former faculty in chemical engineering and chemical physics) Former provost and professor of chemical engineering at University of Southern California; former president of Association of American Universities (AAU); Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Kenneth Pitzer, BS 1935; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Dana Powers, BS 1970, PhD 1975; senior scientist, nuclear energy and fuel cycle programs, Sandia National Laboratories. Member of National Academy of Engineering, and known for contributions to commercial nuclear power plant safety worldwide and to radioactive source-term processes.
  • Danny D. Reible, PhD 1982; Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair at Texas Tech University. Formerly Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering and Director, Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas, Austin. Member of National Academy of Engineering, and known for contributions to development of widely used approaches for the management of contaminated sediments.
  • Michael Rosbash, BS 1965; Shaw Prize laureate; Wiley Prize recipient; Gruber Prize in Neuroscience winner
  • Melanie Sanford, PhD 2001; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • George C. Schatz, PhD 1976
  • Richard Scheller, PhD 1980; Kavli Prize laureate; Alan T. Waterman Award winner; Lasker Award recipient
  • Warren G. Schlinger, BS 1944, PhD 1949; Renowned philanthropist and former chemical engineer at Texaco, Inc. noted for over 60 patents and decades of work on chemical processes involving syngas and cleaner energy recovery from fossil fuels. Elected member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Peter G. Schultz, BS 1979, PhD 1984; Alan T. Waterman Award winner; Wolf Prize winner
  • Howard A. Stone, PhD 1988
  • Scott Strobel, PhD 1992
  • Yongkui Sun, PhD 1990; Executive Director of Business Development and Licensing, etc. at Merck & Co. Known for contributions to green, economical processes for pharmaceuticals and for developing business strategies in emerging markets. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Kenneth S. Suslick, BS 1974
  • Timothy M. Swager, PhD 1988
  • Holden Thorp, PhD 1989
  • Margaret Tolbert, PhD 1986; Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at University of Colorado, Boulder; member of National Academy of Sciences; prominent researcher in field of atmospheric chemistry
  • Donald Truhlar, PhD 1970
  • Michael Tsapatsis, PhD 1994, Amundson Chair Professor in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota. Member of National Academy of Engineering, and known for contributions to design and synthesis of zeolite-based materials for selective separation and reaction.
  • Nicholas Turro, PhD 1963
  • John S. Waugh, PhD 1953; Wolf Prize winner
  • George M. Whitesides, PhD 1964; Dan David Prize winner; Kyoto Prize laureate; King Faisal International Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Edgar Bright Wilson, PhD 1933; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Saul Winstein, PhD 1938; National Medal of Science recipient
  • K. Dane Wittrup, PhD 1988; Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT; member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Peter T. Wolczanski, PhD 1981
  • Mark S. Wrighton, PhD 1972; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • Oliver R. Wulf, PhD 1926
  • Ajit Yoganathan, PhD 1978; Regents’ Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biomedical Engineering, and director, Center for Innovative Cardiovascular Technologies, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Member of National Academy of Engineering, and known for improvements in the biomechanics of prosthetic heart valves and the development of heart repair devices.
  • Yannis C. Yortsos, PhD 1979
  • Don Merlin Lee Yost, PhD 1926; (faculty) former professor of chemistry at Caltech; pioneering physical chemist who worked on nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, and the microwave spectroscopy of gases, among other things; Member of National Academy of Sciences
  • William Gould Young, PhD 1929
  • Robert Zwanzig, PhD 1952

Biology, Biological Engineering, and Medicine[edit]

  • David Agard, PhD 1980
  • Bruce Ames, PhD 1953; Japan Prize laureate; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Thomas F. Anderson, BS 1932, PhD 1936
  • Utpal Banerjee, PhD 1984
  • Howard Berg, BS 1964
  • Andrew Benson, PhD 1942
  • Steven Block, PhD 1983
  • James F. Bonner, PhD 1934; former faculty
  • Frank Brink, MS 1935; former professor and President of Rockefeller University; made major contributions to the understanding of neuronal activity through his targeted research on the cycle of excitation, response, and recovery in nerve fibers; member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Edward M. Callaway, PhD 1988; Audrey Geisel Chair in Biomedical Science and Professor in Systems Neurobiology Laboratories at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Pioneered novel molecular, genetic, and viral tools for revealing the detailed structure and function of neural circuits including a method that allows the tracing of a single neuron's connections to its neighbors, particularly in the visual cortex as it relates to perception and behavior. Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Louise Chow, PhD 1973
  • David A. Clayton, PhD 1970; former professor at Stanford University and former Vice President for Science Development of Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Known for significant research contributions to understanding of mitochondrial genes and interplay between mitochondrial genetic mutation and human genetic disease. Member of National Academy of Medicine.
  • David P. Corey, PhD 1980; Bertarelli Professor of Translational Medical Science at Harvard Medical School and director of Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering at Harvard Medical School. Renowned for research into molecular and biophysical basis of sensory transduction in the inner ear, basic processes of mechanosensation in biology, leading to better understanding and treatment of hereditary deafness. Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Horace W. Davenport, BS 1935, PhD 1939; William Beaumont Professor Emeritus of Physiology at the University of Michigan. Pioneered the study of gastroenterology and laid a foundation for more effective ulcer treatments by revealing how gastric acid works in digestion without consuming the stomach itself. Member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Mark M. Davis, PhD 1981; King Faisal International Prize winner; Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize winner;
  • Ronald W. Davis, PhD 1970; Gruber Prize in Genetics winner
  • Sean Eddy, BS 1986
  • Michael D. Ehlers, BS 1991; Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer of the Neuroscience Research Unit, Pfizer
  • Sarah Elgin, PhD 1972
  • Gerald D. Fasman, PhD 1952; Rosenfield Professor of Biochemistry, Brandeis University; major contributor to fundamental studies of protein structure-function relationships; Member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Edwin Furshpan, PhD 1955; Robert Henry Pfeiffer Professor of Neurobiology (Emeritus) at Harvard Medical School. Member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Michael Gazzaniga, PhD 1964
  • James L. Gould, BS 1970
  • Leland H. Hartwell, BS 1961; Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine (2001); Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize winner; Lasker Award winner
  • Stephen F. Heinemann, BS 1962, former Professor of Neuroscience at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and former President of the Society for Neuroscience. Well known for major contributions to study of molecular neurotransmission between synapses. Member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine.
  • Sterling B. Hendricks, PhD 1926; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Ira Herskowitz, BS 1967; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • Leonard Herzenberg, PhD 1955; Kyoto Prize laureate;
  • Steven A. Hillyard, BS 1964; Professor (Emeritus) of Neuroscience at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Widely recognized for investigations in the area of human cognitive processes and is a leading figure in the electrophysiological study of human attention using the event-related potential (ERP) technique. Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • David Ho, BS 1974
  • David Hogness, BS 1949, PhD 1953
  • Leroy Hood, BS 1960, PhD 1968; former faculty; Kyoto Prize laureate; Russ Prize winner; Lasker Award winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Norman Horowitz, PhD 1939, former faculty
  • Clyde A. Hutchison III, PhD 1968
  • Harvey Itano, PhD 1950
  • Lily Jan, PhD 1974; Wiley Prize recipient; Gruber Prize in Neuroscience winner
  • Yuh Nung Jan, PhD 1974; Wiley Prize recipient; Gruber Prize in Neuroscience winner
  • Tan Jiazhen, PhD 1937
  • A. Dale Kaiser, PhD 1955; Lasker Award winner
  • Lawrence C. Katz, PhD 1984
  • Alfred G. Knudson, BS 1944, PhD 1956; Kyoto Prize laureate; Lasker Award winner
  • Monty Krieger, PhD 1976; Whitehead Professor of Molecular Genetics at MIT; member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Quynh-Thu Le, BS 1989, Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Medical doctor known for her research on the management of head and neck cancers. Elected member of National Academy of Medicine.
  • Edward B. Lewis, PhD 1942; former faculty – Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine (1995); Lasker Award winner; Wolf Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Leonard Lerman, PhD 1950
  • Dan L. Lindsley, PhD 1952; Research Professor (Emeritus) of Biology at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). World leading geneticist, particularly the study of chromosome structure and function in Drosophila. Member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Sharon R. Long, BS 1973; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • John Maunsell, PhD 1982; Albert D. Lasker Professor of Neurobiology at University of Chicago and Director of the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology, and Human Behavior. Former professor at Harvard Medical School and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and known for fundamental advances in understanding of neurobiology of vision and perception.
  • Robert Metzenberg, PhD 1955
  • William Newsome, PhD 1979; Dan David Prize winner
  • Baldomero Olivera, PhD 1966
  • Maynard Olson, BS 1965; Gruber Prize in Genetics winner
  • Arthur Pardee, PhD 1947
  • Ardem Patapoutian, PhD 1995; Professor of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and elected member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • John Quackenbush, BS 1983
  • Charles M. Rice, PhD 1981; Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Professor in Virology, Rockefeller University; Member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Arthur Riggs (geneticist), PhD 1966
  • Gordon H. Sato, PhD 1955
  • Michael Sheetz, PhD 1972; Wiley Prize recipient; Lasker Award recipient
  • Donald C. Shreffler, PhD 1962, former Professor and Chairman of Department of Genetics at Washington University, St. Louis Medical School. Widely known for contributions to immunogenetics, paving the way for detailed studies of MHC genes. Elected member of National Academy of Medicine and member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Frederick J. Sigworth, BS 1974; Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University School of Medicine. Member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Folke K. Skoog, BS 1932, PhD 1936; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Howard M. Temin, PhD 1959, co-recipient of 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Lasker Award winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Albert Tyler (biologist), PhD 1929; former faculty
  • David C. Van Essen - BS 1967; (former faculty) Alumni Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Former editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuroscience, founding chair of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, and former President of the Society for Neuroscience. Elected member of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Christopher Voigt, PhD 2002
  • Sam Wang (neuroscientist), BS 1986
  • Ned Wingreen, BS 1984

Mathematics and Computer Science[edit]

Engineering[edit]

  • Rohan Abeyaratne, PhD 1979
  • Allan J. Acosta (engineer), (former faculty) BS 1945, PhD 1952; Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech; well known for contributions to the understanding of turbomachinery, particularly cavitation and rotor dynamics. Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Mihran S. Agbabian, MS 1948; Professor Emeritus of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) and President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia; member of National Academy of Engineering. Known for fundamental contributions to the application of advanced methods of applied mechanics to structural design, and contributions to the field of structural response to blast and shock and the reduction of seismic hazards to existing structures.
  • George E. Apostolakis (engineer), PhD 1973, Korea Electric Power Corporation Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Professor of Engineering Systems Emeritus, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; former Commissioner of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Known for innovations in the theory and practice of probabilistic risk assessment and risk management, particularly with regards to nuclear safety. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • William F. Ballhaus, Sr., PhD 1947
  • Michael I. Baskes, BS 1965, PhD 1970; Member of National Academy of Engineering. Prominent materials engineer known for contributions to the embedded atom method for predicting the structure and properties of metals and alloys.
  • Robert L. Behnken, PhD 1997 – NASA astronaut, flew on STS-123
  • Jacobo Bielak (engineer), PhD 1971, Hamerschlag University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University; Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers and member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Maurice Anthony Biot, PhD 1932
  • Frank Borman, MS 1957; NASA astronaut, commanded Gemini 7 and Apollo 8 space missions
  • Robert W. Bower, PhD 1973
  • Norman H. Brooks, PhD 1954; (former faculty) James Irvine Professor of Environmental and Civil Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech; Member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering; expert in hydraulic engineering, environmental fluid mechanics, and water resources and technology.
  • Arthur E. Bryson, PhD 1951
  • Sébastien Candel, PhD 1972, Professor at Ecole Centrale Paris. Renowned for significant contributions to solving multidisciplinary problems in the fields of combustion, fluid mechanics, aeroacoustics, and propulsion. Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Institute of Physics (IOP), and the AAAF. Corresponding Member of the French Academy of Sciences, founding Member of the Academy of Technology, and elected as a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States.
  • Brian J. Cantwell, PhD 1976; Edward C. Wells Professor of Engineering (Aeronautics and Astronautics) at Stanford University; Member of National Academy of Engineering. Particularly known for studies of the space-time structure of turbulent flows and for the development of fast-burning fuels for hybrid propulsion.
  • Gregory Chamitoff, MS 1985; NASA astronaut, flew on STS-124 and staying on Expedition 17 on the International Space Station
  • Slobodan Ćuk, PhD 1977; inventor of Ćuk switched-mode DC-to-DC voltage converter, former professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech.
  • Francis H. Clauser (engineer), BS 1934, PhD 1937; (former faculty) Clark Blanchard Millikan Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech; pioneer in the study of boundary layer theory, turbulent flows, guided missiles, spacecraft, magnetohydrodynamics, and partial differential equations. Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Ray W. Clough, MS 1943; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Julian Cole, PhD 1949 (former faculty)
  • Donald E. Coles (engineer); (former faculty) PhD 1953; Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus at Caltech; contributed to study of supersonic and turbulent boundary layer flows, Couette flows, and fluid flow instrumentation design. Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Robert Conn (engineer), PhD 1968; President of The Kavli Foundation and Zable Professor and Dean, Emeritus, of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. Leading researcher in plasma physics, fusion energy, energy policy and materials science. Member of National Academy of Engineering and recipient of E.O. Lawrence award from Department of Energy.
  • Stanley Corrsin, PhD 1947
  • John Dabiri, PhD 2005; (former faculty); awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • James Wallace Daily, PhD 1945; Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering Emeritus, at University of Michigan; former professor at MIT. Known for contributions to fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering, especially in the areas of cavitation, hydraulic machinery, the flow of suspensions, and the design of fluid-mechanics laboratories. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Satish Dhawan, PhD 1951
  • Paul Dimotakis, BS 1968, PhD 1973; (faculty) John K. Northrop Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Applied Physics at Caltech and senior research scientist at JPL. Former chief technologist at JPL. Known for contributions to the fluid mechanics of jet propulsion and other processes involving turbulence, mixing, and transport. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • James Duderstadt, PhD 1967; National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient
  • Regina E. Dugan, PhD 1993; 19th Director of DARPA, first female director
  • Charles Elachi, PhD 1971; (former faculty)
  • Nader Engheta, PhD 1982
  • Richard G. Folsom, BS 1928, PhD 1933
  • Gerald Fuller, PhD 1980
  • C. Gordon Fullerton, BS 1957, MS 1958; Space Shuttle astronaut and test pilot
  • Yuan-Cheng Fung, PhD 1948; Russ Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Morteza (Mory) Gharib, PhD 1983; (faculty) Vice Provost for Research and Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering at Caltech. Fellow of National Academy of Inventors, member of National Academy of Engineering, fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and known for contributions to fluid flow diagnostics and imagery, and engineering of bioinspired devices and phenomena.
  • Edward Gibson, MS 1960, PhD 1964; NASA astronaut, flew on Skylab 4
  • Roy Gould, BS 1949, PhD 1956; (former faculty) Simon Ramo Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech; made several important contributions to field of plasma physics; member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering
  • Meredith Gourdine, PhD 1960
  • Wallace D. Hayes, PhD 1947
  • George W Housner, PhD 1941; (former faculty) Carl F Braun Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Tsien Hsue-shen, PhD 1939; Father of China's rocket program
  • Donald Hudson (engineer), (former faculty) BS 1938, PhD 1942; Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Emeritus at Caltech; leader in dynamic measurements in the field of vibrations and experimental stress analysis, general analysis in structural dynamics and vibrations, and analytical and experimental methods in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Arthur T. Ippen, PhD 1936
  • Wilfred D. Iwan (engineer), (former faculty) BS 1957, PhD 1961; Professor of Applied Mechanics, Emeritus at Caltech; major contributor to theory of vibrations, modeling of structural systems, nonlinear system identification, machinery dynamics and vibration, earthquake response of structures, earthquake response of nonstructural components, engineering seismology, offshore drilling, and public policy for earthquake risk mitigation. Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Ali Jadbabaie, PhD 2000
  • William L Johnson, PhD 1975; (faculty) Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech; made major contributions to study of bulk metallic glasses. Member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.
  • Leon Keer (engineer); BS 1956, MS 1958; Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil Engineering at Northwestern University. Known for research on application of elasticity to design problems involving contact and fracture. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Jack Kerrebrock (engineer), PhD 1956; Richard Cockburn Maclaurin Professor Emeritus and former head of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and former Dean of School of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Known for work on nuclear rockets, space propulsion and power, magneto hydrodynamic generators, and fluid mechanics of turbomachinery for aircraft engines. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Wolfgang G. Knauss (engineer), (former faculty) BS 1958, PhD 1963; Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, Emeritus at Caltech; world leading researcher in fracture mechanics and engineering work on time-dependent fracture of polymers, at interfaces and under dynamic loading. Member of National Academy of Engineering (USA) and Russian Academy of Engineering.
  • Thomas L. Koch (scientist/engineer), PhD 1982; Dean of the College of Optical Sciences and Professor of Optical Sciences and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. Former senior researcher at Bell Labs. Known for contributions to optoelectronic technologies and their implementation in optical communications systems, exploring the fundamental performance limits of lasers used for telecommunications, and for the design and demonstration of semiconductor photonic integrated circuits. Member of National Academy of Engineering, fellow of IEEE, and fellow of OSA.
  • Mark Kryder, PhD 1970
  • Thomas F. Kuech, PhD 1981; Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker and Beckwith-Bascom Professor and Chair, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Member of National Academy of Engineering. Particularly known for contributions to chemical vapor deposition of compound semiconductors.
  • Stelios Kyriakides, PhD 1980; Cockrell Family Chair Professor in Engineering, University of Texas-Austin. Known for contributions to micro- and macro- mechanical behavior of solids, particularly understanding of propagating instability phenomena in structures and materials and its use for technological applications. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Paul C. Jennings (engineer), (former faculty) PhD 1963; Professor of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Emeritus at Caltech; authority on earthquake engineering and dynamics of structures, including high-rise buildings, offshore drilling towers, and nuclear power plants; member of National Academy of Engineering and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Sidney Leibovich, BS 1961; Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University. Known for seminal contributions to theory and application of stability, wave propagation, vortices, and the ocean surface layer. Member of National Academy of Engineering and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Anthony E. Leonard (engineer), (former faculty) BS 1959, PhD 1963; Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus at Caltech; well known for contributions to simulation of turbulence, new vortex methods of flow simulation, and understanding of flow-induced vibration. Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • York Liao, BS 1967
  • Chia-Chiao Lin, PhD 1944
  • Fred Lindvall (engineer), PhD 1928; (former faculty) Professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech and Chair of Division of Engineering & Applied Science; President of Sigma Xi; President of American Society for Engineering Education; Member of National Academy of Sciences and member of National Academy of Engineering; fellow of ASME and fellow of IEEE. Known for research and development of equipment for transportation and underwater ordnance.
  • David Luenberger, BS 1959
  • Paul MacCready, PhD 1952; father of human-powered flight; invented the Gossamer Condor and the Gossamer Albatross
  • Frank Malina, PhD 1940
  • Frank E. Marble, PhD 1948; (former faculty) Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Jet Propulsion, Emeritus at Caltech; made major fundamental, theoretical, and experimental contributions to the fields of internal aerodynamics, combustion, and propulsion; Member of National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences
  • Max Mathews, BS 1950
  • Frank A. McClintock, PhD 1950
  • Robert McEliece, BS 1964, PhD 1967; (former faculty) Allen E. Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech
  • Carver Mead, BS 1956, PhD 1959; (former faculty) Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus at Caltech; National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient
  • Chiang C. Mei, PhD 1963
  • John W. Miles, BS 1942, PhD 1944
  • Richard Miller, PhD 1976; President of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Clark Blanchard Millikan, PhD 1928 (former faculty)
  • Richard S. Muller, PhD 1962
  • Richard M. Murray (engineer), BS 1985; Thomas and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering at Caltech; known for contributions in control theory and networked control systems with applications to aerospace engineering, robotics, autonomy, and biological circuits; member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Roddam Narasimha, PhD 1961
  • Bernard M. Oliver, PhD 1940; National Medal of Science recipient
  • James F. Pankow, PhD 1979; leading researcher in atmospheric chemistry and pollution; member of National Academy of Engineering
  • William Hayward Pickering, BS 1932, PhD 1936 (former faculty); Japan Prize laureate; National Medal of Science recipient
  • John R. Pierce, BS 1933, PhD 1936 (former faculty); Japan Prize laureate; Charles Stark Draper Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Andrea Prosperetti, PhD 1974
  • Allen E. Puckett, PhD 1949; Contributed greatly to the delta-winged airplane, the guided missile, and the communications satellite. Chairman and CEO of Hughes Aircraft who helped develop its predominance in radar systems and defense electronics during his career. Past president of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and elected member of National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences. Won Lawrence Sperry award of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient
  • Simon Ramo, PhD 1936; co-founder of TRW; developed ICBMs; National Medal of Science recipient; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
  • W. Duncan Rannie, (former faculty) PhD 1951; Robert H. Goddard Professor of Jet Propulsion, Emeritus at Caltech; known for contributions to three-dimensional flow, stall and distortion in turbomachinery and to turbulent heat transfer. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Gabriel M. Rebeiz, PhD 1988
  • Garrett Reisman, MS 1992, PhD 1997; NASA astronaut, flew on STS-123 and was part of expedition 16 on the International Space Station; returned to Earth on STS-124
  • Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, MS 1965
  • Harold Rosen, MS 1948, PhD 1951; developer of Syncom family of communication satellites; winner of National Medal of Technology 1985
  • Anatol Roshko, PhD 1952; Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus at Caltech (former faculty)
  • Darrell G. Schlom, BS 1984; Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry at Cornell University. Particularly known for molecular-beam epitaxy 'Materials-by-Design' of complex oxides impacting the integration of high dielectric oxides in semiconductor devices. Elected member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Richard A. Searfoss, MS 1979; NASA astronaut, flew on STS-58 and STS-76, commander of STS-90
  • William R. Sears, PhD 1938
  • Ernest Edwin Sechler, BS 1928, PhD 1933 (former faculty)
  • Edward E. Simmons, BS 1934, MS 1936
  • Pol Spanos (engineer), PhD 1976; Lewis B. Ryon Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering at Rice University. Known for pioneering research into the development of methods of predicting the dynamic behavior and reliability of structural systems in diverse loading environments; research has studied statics, dynamics, and vibrations of systems for aerospace, biomedical, forensic, marine, petroleum, seismic, and structural engineering applications. Member of National Academy of Engineering and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Adam Steltzner, MS 1991
  • David W. Thompson, MS 1978; National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient
  • Stephen Trimberger, BS 1977, PhD 1983
  • Milton Van Dyke, PhD 1949
  • Vito Vanoni (engineer), (former faculty) BS 1926, PhD 1940; Professor of Hydraulics, Emeritus at Caltech. World leader in study of sediment transport in streams and rivers. Elected to National Academy of Engineering for leadership in developing the science of hydraulic sedimentation mechanics and applying it to construction and maintenance of engineering structures.
  • Ian Waitz, PhD 1991; Dean of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Forman A. Williams (engineer), PhD 1958; Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department, UCSD; former Robert H. Goddard Chair professor at Princeton University; member of National Academy of Engineering and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Known for research contributions to the advancement of combustion and flame theory.
  • Max L. Williams, (former faculty) PhD 1948; Professor of Aeronautics at Caltech; leader in fields of fracture mechanics, adhesion, solid propellant rockets; founder of International Journal of Fracture; Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Victor Wouk, PhD 1942
  • Theodore Y. Wu, PhD 1952 (former faculty)
  • Vigor Yang, PhD 1984; William R.T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Member of National Academy of Engineering, and known for contributions to combustion physics in propulsion systems and to aerospace engineering education.
  • Zheng Zhemin, PhD 1952

Geology and Planetary Science[edit]

Business[edit]

Economics, Finance, and Social Science[edit]

  • Robert Barro, BS 1965
  • Gary W. Cox, BS 1978, PhD 1982; William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University; Member of National Academy of Sciences and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Willard G. Manning, Jr., BS 1968; Professor Emeritus, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, and Department of Health Studies, Biological Science Division/Medical School - University of Chicago. Elected member of National Academy of Medicine. Distinguished researcher in field of health insurance research and healthcare economics.
  • Robert C. Merton, MS 1967; Nobel laureate in economics (1997)
  • Stephen Ross, BS 1965
  • Mark Satterthwaite, BS 1967
  • Vernon L. Smith, BS 1949; Nobel laureate in economics (2002)
  • Barry Weingast, PhD 1978

Government and Politics[edit]

Other fields[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Members of the faculty are listed under the name of the academic division to which they belong.

Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy[edit]

The Feynman section at the Caltech bookstore, a tribute to his enduring impact

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering[edit]

Biology and Biological Engineering[edit]

Engineering and Applied Science[edit]

  • Harry Atwater
  • John F. Brady (engineer) - Chevron Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering; pioneer in rheology of complex fluids and transport phenomena; Member of National Academy of Engineering and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • William B. Bridges
  • Jehoshua (Shuki Bruck - Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Computation and Neural Systems and Electrical Engineering
  • Emmanuel Candès - former faculty; Alan T. Waterman Award winner;
  • Jean-Lou Chameau - former faculty and President Emeritus
  • K. Mani Chandy
  • Slobodan Ćuk - inventor of Ćuk switched-mode DC-to-DC voltage converter, former professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech.
  • John Doyle
  • Pol Duwez
  • Thomas Eugene Everhart - former faculty and President Emeritus
  • Ali Hajimiri
  • Babak Hassibi
  • Janet Hering - (former faculty) Director of Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag); Professor at ETH Zurich and EPFL; Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Michael R. Hoffmann (engineer) - Leading environmental scientist whose research has spanned atmospheric chemistry, chemical kinetics, catalytic oxidation and reduction, photochemistry, photocatalysis, nanotechnology, sonochemistry, photo-electrochemistry, pulsed-power plasma chemistry, environmental water chemistry, and microbiology. Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Hans G. Hornung
  • Jim Kajiya - former faculty
  • Herbert Keller
  • Lester Lees - (former faculty) Professor of Aeronautics, known for pioneering contributions in hypersonic aerodynamics and environmental quality science, notably in boundary layers and heat transfer, flow-over blunt bodies, and the development of reentry vehicles. Member of National Academy of Engineering and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Mary Lidstrom - (former faculty) Jungers Professor of Microbiology and Chemical Engineering, University of Washington; Howard Hughes Medical Investigator; Member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Hans W. Liepmann - National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Jerrold E. Marsden
  • James W. Mayer (engineer) - (former faculty) Carried out research on implantation that identified the damage and the epitaxial regrowth phenomena crucial to the semiconductor industry, and pioneered the use of ion beam techniques for materials analysis (citation for Von Hippel Award). Member of National Academy of Engineering.
  • Jack McKee (engineer) - (former faculty) Professor of Environmental Engineering; leading researcher in fields of water quality and waste treatment: including water quality criteria, sewage disinfection, membrane filtration and analysis, and wastewater disposal and reclamation; member of National Academy of Engineering
  • James J. Morgan (engineer) - (former faculty) Marvin Goldberger Professor of Environmental Engineering Science; world leader in chemistry of natural water systems; acid rain; wastewater and drinking water treatment; coagulation processes in aqueous systems; rates of oxidation processes in water; adsorption and surface chemistry; chemistry of water purification; transport of metals and other substances in water; and water quality modeling. Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Michael Ortiz (engineer) - Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering; pioneer in computational mechanics; Member of National Academy of Engineering and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Milton S. Plesset - former faculty
  • Demetri Psaltis - former faculty
  • Stephen Quake - former faculty
  • Fredric Raichlen (former faculty) - Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Civil Engineering; made major contributions to hydraulics and coastal engineering, particularly in the areas of tsunamis, ship dynamics, and breaking waves. Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran - John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT); member of National Academy of Engineering. Known for contributions to the mechanics of dynamic deformation, damage, and failure of engineering materials.
  • Ares J. Rosakis
  • Michael Roukes
  • Philip Saffman
  • Axel Scherer
  • Keith Schwab
  • Ronald Scott (engineer) - (former faculty) Dotty and Dick Hayman Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus; made major contributions to mechanics of deformation and yielding in soils, soil behavior in earthquakes, the physical chemistry and mechanics of ocean-bottom-soil, and freezing and thawing processes in soils; consultant to several NASA missions; member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Theodore von KármánNational Medal of Science recipient
  • Gerald B. Whitham
  • Amnon Yariv - Harvey Prize recipient; National Medal of Science recipient

Geological and Planetary Sciences[edit]

Humanities and Social Sciences[edit]

References[edit]