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; National Medal of Science (1965)
  • Otto Hahn (George Fisher Baker Lecturer of Chemistry, 1933) - Chemistry 1944
  • 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; National Medal of Science (1974)
  • Gerhard Herzberg (George Fischer Baker Non-Resident Lecturer in Chemistry 1968)[5][6][7] – Chemistry 1971
  • Roald Hoffmann (Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor in Humane Letters) – Chemistry 1981; National Medal of Science (1983)
  • Linus Pauling (George Fischer Baker Non-Resident Lecturer in Chemistry 1937–1938; Messenger Lecturer 1959)[3][4] – Chemistry 1954; the bulk of his most influential scientific book The Nature of the Chemical Bond was completed while he was at Cornell and was published by Cornell University Press in 1939
  • Henry Taube (Assistant Professor, 1944–46) – Chemistry 1983; National Medal of Science (1976)
  • 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; National Medal of Science (1966)
  • 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; National Medal of Science (1987)
  • Robert F. Furchgott (Assistant Professor of biochemistry, Research Associate, Medical College, 1940–49) – Physiology or Medicine 1998
  • Paul Greengard (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1981–87) – Physiology or Medicine 2000
  • Harold E. Varmus (Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine, 2015–)[8] – Physiology or Medicine 1989; National Medal of Science (2001)

MacArthur awards[edit]

Natural sciences and related fields[edit]





Computer science and engineering[edit]

Paul Ginsparg at Cornell University

Engineering and material science[edit]

Biology, ecology, botany, and nutrition[edit]


Geology and geography[edit]

Social sciences[edit]



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 filmmaker

Government, law, business[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography of Brian D. Josephson from Nobel Official site". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Pauling's Lecturer Tenure at Cornell". 
  4. ^ a b "Preface of the Nature of the Chemical Bond and the Structure of Molecules and Crystals". 
  5. ^ "Gerhard Herzberg Biography on Nobel Prize Official Website". 
  6. ^ "Gerhard Herzberg Biography on Optical Society Of America Official Website". 
  7. ^ "Gerhard Herzberg Biography on Example problems". 
  8. ^ "Cornell Chronicle March 5, 2015 on Nobel laureate Harold Varmus to join Weill Cornell". 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Appelman, Hilary. "McGovern Returns to His Roots--Teaching on College Campus : Presidency: Cornell students vie to get into his U.S. foreign policy class. Exaggerated fear of communism, he says, cost him his Senate seat.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Barbara Mayer Wertheimer | Jewish Women's Archive". Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Sanford S. Atwood in Emory Magazine Winter 2003". 
  14. ^ "History of Cornell's Provosts". 
  15. ^ "Detlev Bronk Bio". 
  16. ^ "NAE Member Directory". 
  17. ^ "Richard H. Gallagher Profile on NNDB". 
  18. ^ "New York Times Obituary for Richard H. Gallagher". 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "NY Times Obituary Asa S. Knowles". 
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Cornell Deanship of the University Faculty". 

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