Clifford Furnas
1st President of the University at Buffalo
In office
Preceded byHimself as Chancellor
Succeeded byMartin Meyerson
Chairman of the Defense Science Board
In office
Preceded byHoward P. Robertson
Succeeded byRobert L. Sproull
9th Chancellor of the University of Buffalo
In office
Preceded byClaude E. Puffer (Acting)
Succeeded byHimself as President
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
In office
Preceded byDonald A. Quarles
Succeeded byFrank D. Newbury
Personal details
BornOctober 24, 1900
DiedApril 27, 1969
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sparkle M. Furnas

Clifford Cook Furnas (October 24, 1900 – April 27, 1969) was an American author, Olympic athlete, scientist, expert on guided missiles, university president, and public servant. He was first cousin of the author Evangeline Walton.[1] Furnas participated in the 5,000-meter event at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium.[2]

He taught chemical engineering at Yale University, and directed the airplane division of Curtiss-Wright during World War II. He became the ninth chancellor of the private University of Buffalo in 1954.[3] After guiding the University through the merger process with the State University of New York in 1962, Furnas became the first president of the State University of New York at Buffalo.[2][3] Between 1955 and 1957 he was on a leave of absence to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Eisenhower administration.[3]

He retired from the University of Buffalo in 1966 and died in 1969.[3]

Athletic career


Academic career

Government career



  1. ^ "Clifford C. Furnas". Olympedia. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b Whitcher, Ann (28 September 2000). "Furnas' Olympic history revealed". UB Reporter.
  3. ^ a b c d "Office of the President: Our past presidents: Clifford C. Furnas". State University of New York at Buffalo. 2015. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Olympic Athletes: Clifford Furnas". Sports Reference/Olympic Sports. 2015. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Chancellors and Presidents of the University". University at Buffalo. 2015. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
Academic offices Preceded byT. R. McConnell Chancellor of the University at Buffalo1954–1962 Office abolished New office President of the University at Buffalo1962–1966 Succeeded byClaude E. Puffer (acting) Government offices Preceded byDonald A. Quarles Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Development)1955–1957 Succeeded byFrank D. Newbury Preceded byHoward P. Robertson Chairman of the Defense Science Board1961–1965 Succeeded byRobert L. Sproull