List of Swarthmore College people

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The following is a list of notable people associated with Swarthmore College, a private, independent, liberal arts college located in the borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Nobel laureates[edit]

Listed chronologically by year of the award.

Name Degree/year Award category/year Reason Nobel profile
Christian B. Anfinsen B.S., 1937, chemistry Chemistry, 1972 Ribonuclease/amino acid sequence research [1]
David Baltimore B.S., 1960, chemistry Physiology or Medicine, 1975 Discovery of reverse transcriptase [2]
Howard Martin Temin B.S., 1955, biology Medicine, 1975 Research on tumor viruses' effect on genetic cellular material [2]
Edward C. Prescott B.A., 1962, mathematics Economics, 2004 Real business cycle theory [3]
John C. Mather B.S., 1968, physics Physics, 2006 Discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation [4]

MacArthur Fellows[edit]

Listed chronologically by year of the grant.

Name Degree/year/major Field Year Work
Philip Curtin B.A., 1948, history History 1983 Johns Hopkins University professor; researcher of Caribbean/African history and comparative history
John J. Hopfield B.A., 1954, physics Molecular biology 1983 Princeton University professor; computational neurobiology, computing network researcher
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot B.A., 1966, psychology Sociology/education 1984 Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University; researches education, socialization; developed portraiture approach
Jane S. Richardson B.A., 1968, philosophy Biochemistry 1985 Duke University biochemistry professor; proteins researcher, especially three-dimensional structure and means of formation
Michael Schudson B.A., 1969 Journalism and Sociology 1990 Columbia University journalism professor
David Page B.A., 1978, chemistry Biology/medicine 1986 MIT biology professor; director of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; sequenced the Y-chromosome
Ellen M. Barry B.A., 1975 Criminology/penology 1998 Prison reform advocate; founder of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and the National Network for Women in Prison
Rebecca J. Nelson B.A./B.S., 1982 Plant pathology 1998 Researcher of molecular genetics, crop disease, and crop management; professor of plant pathology at Cornell University
Christopher F. Chyba B.A., 1982, physics Science/international security 2001 Princeton University professor; co-director of Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation; former science, technology, and national security adviser to the Clinton administration
Tara Zahra B.A., 1998, history and economics History 2014 University of Chicago professor; European history author; Harvard Society Fellow
Patrick Awuah B.S. 1989, Engineering and B.A. Economics Education 2015 Founder of Ashesi University, Ghana
Njideka Akunyili Crosby B.A. 2004, Art and Biology Art 2017 Visual artist

List of alumni[edit]

Listed in alphabetical order by surname.


Arts, film, theatre, and broadcasting[edit]





Humanities and law[edit]

Natural science, medicine, and engineering[edit]

Politics and government[edit]



Writers, journalists, and publishers[edit]

College leadership[edit]


Notable professors[edit]

Current faculty[edit]

Former faculty[edit]

National awards and honors (since the 1970s)[edit]


  1. ^ The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1972
  2. ^ a b The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1975
  3. ^ The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2004
  4. ^ The Nobel Prize in Physics 2006
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  9. ^ "Meet The Dean". Fuqua School of Business. Duke University. Archived from the original on March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
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  13. ^ "Margaret Allen, M.D." United States National Library of Medicine. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  14. ^ "Dinosaur Mummy Found With Fossilized Skin And Soft Tissues". Science Daily. 2007-12-03.
  15. ^ [1] Archived April 6, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "Up Again Henderson", Time, May 1, 1939. Accessed October 1, 2007. "As a boy out of Millville, N.J., he worked his way through Swarthmore College, played basketball and football there."
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  18. ^ The National Book Foundation
  19. ^ Thwaite, Ann (25 March 2015). "Marni Hodgkin obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2015.