List of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute people

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This is a list of people associated with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, including Presidents, Institute leaders, Trustees, Alumni, Professors and Researchers. For a list of the highest elected student leaders at RPI see List of RPI Grand Marshals.

Presidents of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute[edit]

Name Years Previous Position
•  Rev. Dr. Samuel Blatchford (1824–1828) Pastor of the Lansingburgh and Waterford Church.
•  John Chester (1828–1829) Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Albany.
•  Eliphalet Nott (1829–1845) Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Albany.
•  Nathan S.S. Beman (1845–1865) Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Troy.
•  John F. Winslow (1865–1868) Businessman and iron manufacturer.
•  Thomas C. Brinsmade 1868 Troy physician.
•  James Forsyth (1868–1886) Attorney and Banker.
•  William Gurley, 1839 (1886–1887) (acting) Businessman, co-founder of Gurley Precision Instruments
•  Albert E. Powers (1887–1888) (acting) Banker
•  John H. Peck (1888–1901) Attorney and judge.
•  Palmer C. Ricketts (1901–1934) Professor of rational and technical mechanics and academic director of RPI.
•  William O. Hotchkiss (1935–1943) President of the Michigan Mining School.
•  Livingston W. Houston, 1913 (1943–1958) President and board chairman of the Ludlow Valve Manufacturing Co. and treasurer of RPI.
•  Richard G. Folsom (1958–1971) Director of the Engineering Research Institute at the University of Michigan.
•  Richard J. Grosh (1971–1976) Dean of the Schools of Engineering at Purdue University.
•  George M. Low, 1948 (1976–1984) Deputy administrator of NASA.
•  Daniel Berg (1984–1985)(acting) (1985–1987) Vice-President and Provost of RPI.
•  Stanley I. Landgraf, 1946 (1988–1988)(acting) Chairman of Mohasco Corporation
•  Roland W. Schmitt (1988–1993) Senior vice president for science and technology for General Electric Co.
•  R. Byron Pipes (1993–1998) Provost and professor of engineering at the University of Delaware.
•  Cornelius J. Barton, 1958 (1998–1999)(acting) CEO of Dorr-Oliver Incorporated, a chemical engineering firm
•  Shirley Ann Jackson (1999–) Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Notable alumni[edit]


Humanities, arts, and social sciences[edit]

Invention and Engineering[edit]


Politics and public service[edit]

Science and technology[edit]





External links and references[edit]

  1. ^ "J.M. Lockhart Gave R.P.I. Millions Anonymously", New York Times, June 8, 1939
  2. ^ "Emil H. Praeger". RPI: Alumni Hall of Fame: Emil H. Praeger. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Robert H. Widmer". RPI Alumni Hall of Fame: Robert H. Widmer. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Martin, Douglas (2 July 2011). "Robert H. Widmer, Designer of Military Aircraft, Dies at 95". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 July 2011.