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This is a partially sorted list of notable persons who have had ties to Columbia University. For further listing of notable Columbians see: Notable alumni at Columbia College of Columbia University; Columbia University School of General Studies; Columbia Law School; Columbia Business School; Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Columbia University Graduate School of Education (Teachers College); Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Columbia University School of Professional Studies; Columbia University School of the Arts; the School of International and Public Affairs; and Barnard College. The following lists are incomplete.

Nobel laureates

Main article: List of Nobel laureates affiliated with Columbia University

As of October 2020, 84 Nobel laureates were affiliated with Columbia University.[1][2][3][4] 43 Nobel laureates are the alumni of Columbia University.[4] 19 of these alumni have also served on the faculty or staff of the university. There are 41 non-alumni Nobel laureates who have been in service—as faculty, research scientists, research or postdoctoral fellows—to the university. Columbia University does not count a visiting professor as one of its own. Only those Nobel laureates who have spent a year or more at the university are counted. If Nobel laureates who have spent less than a year at the university were counted, the number of Nobel laureates affiliated with Columbia would be 96, more than any other academic institution.[5] In addition, Columbia ranks third in the number of Nobel Laureates it has graduated compared to other institutions in the world, surpassed only by the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. See List of Nobel Laureates by university affiliation.

Alumni and former students

Chemistry

1932 Irving Langmuir (B.S., 1903; M.A., 1906)
1946 John H. Northrop (B.S., 1912; M.A., 1913; Ph.D., 1915)
1972 William H. Stein (Ph.D., 1938)
1981 Roald Hoffmann (B.A., 1958)
1985 Herbert A. Hauptman (M.A., 1939)
1989 Sidney Altman (graduate student; teaching assistant, 1960 to 1962)
2001 William S. Knowles (Ph.D., 1942)
2005 Robert H. Grubbs (Ph.D., 1968)
2012 Robert J. Lefkowitz (B.A., 1962; M.D., 1966; Presbyterian Hospital staff, 1966 to 1967)

Economic science

1971 Simon S. Kuznets (B.S., 1923; M.A., 1924; Ph.D., 1926)
1972 Kenneth J. Arrow (M.A., 1941; Ph.D., 1951)
1976 Milton Friedman (Researcher, 1943 to 1945; Ph.D., 1946; faculty member, 1937 to 1940 and 1964 to 1965)
1993 Robert W. Fogel (M.A., 1960)
1996 William S. Vickrey (M.A., 1937; Ph.D., 1948; faculty member, 1946 to 1996)
1997 Robert C. Merton (B.S., 1966)
2012 Alvin E. Roth (B.S., 1971)

Literature

2020 Louise Glück (student, School of General Studies)

Peace

1906 Theodore Roosevelt (Law student, 1880 to 1882)
1931 Nicholas Murray Butler (B.A., 1882; M.A., 1883; Ph.D., 1884, president of Columbia, 1902 to 1945)
1996 Jose Ramos Horta (post graduate studies, completed 1984)
2009 Barack Obama (B.A., 1983)

Physics

1923 Robert A. Millikan (Ph.D., 1895)
1944 I.I. Rabi (Ph.D., 1927; faculty member, 1929 to 1988)
1965 Julian S. Schwinger (B.A., 1936; Ph.D., 1939)
1972 Leon N. Cooper (B.A., 1951; M.A., 1953; Ph.D., 1954)
1975 James Rainwater (M.A., 1941; Ph.D., 1946; faculty member, 1939 to 1986)
1978 Arno A. Penzias (M.A., 1958; Ph.D., 1962)
1980 Val L. Fitch (Ph.D., 1954; faculty member, 1953 to 1954)
1988 Leon M. Lederman (M.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1951; faculty member, 1951 to 1989)
1988 Melvin Schwartz (B.A., 1953; Ph.D., 1958; faculty member, 1958 to 1966, 1991 to 2006)
1989 Norman F. Ramsey (B.A., 1935; Ph.D., 1940; faculty member, 1941 to 1947)
1995 Martin L. Perl (Ph.D., 1955)
2018 Arthur Ashkin (B.S., 1947)

Physiology or medicine

1946 Hermann J. Muller (B.A., 1910; M.A., 1911; Ph.D., 1916; faculty member, 1918 to 1920)
1950 Edward C. Kendall (B.S., 1908; M.A., 1909; Ph.D., 1910)
1956 Dickinson W. Richards (M.A., 1922; M.D., 1923; faculty member, 1925 to 1973)
1958 Joshua Lederberg (B.A., 1944; medical student, 1944–1946; faculty member, 1990 to 1999)
1964 Konrad E. Bloch (Ph.D., 1938; faculty member, 1938 to 1946, 1966)
1967 George Wald (M.A., 1928)
1973 Konrad Lorenz (Columbia College, 1922 to 1923)
1976 Baruch S. Blumberg (Grad student in Mathematics, 1946 to 1947; M.D., 1951; resident, 1951–1953; fellow 1953–1955)
1980 Baruj Benacerraf (B.S., 1942; research scientist, 1948 to 1950)
1989 Harold E. Varmus (M.D., 1966; Presbyterian Hospital staff, 1966 to 1968, University Trustee, 2002 to 2005)
1998 Louis J. Ignarro (B.S., 1962)
2004 Richard Axel (A.B., 1967; resident, fellow and research scientist, 1971 to 1978; faculty member, 1978 to present)

Faculty, research fellows and others

Chemistry

1934 Harold C. Urey (faculty member, 1929 to 1945)
1960 Willard Libby (research scientist, 1941 to 1944)
1970 Luis Federico Leloir (research scientist, 1943 to 1945)
2008 Martin Chalfie (William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, current chair of Biological Sciences)
2017 Joachim Frank (Professor, director of Frank Lab)

Economic science

1982 George J. Stigler (research scientist, 1942 to 1945; faculty member, 1947 to 1958)
1987 Robert Solow (fellowship year, 1949 to 1950)
1992 Gary S. Becker (faculty member, 1957 to 1970)
1999 Robert Mundell (faculty member, 1974 to present)
2000 James J. Heckman (faculty member, 1970 to 1974)
2001 Joseph Stiglitz (faculty member, 2001 to present)
2006 Edmund Phelps (faculty member, 1971 to present)
2021 David Card (visiting professor, 1990 to 1991)
2021 Joshua Angrist (visiting professor, 2018)

Literature

1945 Gabriela Mistral (faculty member, 1930 to 1931)
1987 Joseph Brodsky (faculty member, 1978 to 1985)
1991 Nadine Gordimer (faculty member, 1971 to 1972, 1976 to 1978, 1983)
1992 Derek Walcott (faculty member, 1979, 1981 to 1983, 1984)
2006 Orhan Pamuk (visiting scholar, 1985 to 1988; fellow, 2006 to present)

Peace

2001 Kofi Annan (Global fellow, 2009 to 2018)
2011 Leymah Gbowee (Distinguished fellow in Social Justice, 2013 to 2015)

Physics

1938 Enrico Fermi (faculty member, 1939 to 1942)
1949 Hideki Yukawa (faculty member, 1949 to 1954)
1955 Polykarp Kusch (faculty member, 1937 to 1972)
1955 Willis E. Lamb (faculty member, 1938 to 1952, 1960 to 1961)
1957 Tsung Dao Lee (faculty member, 1953 to present)
1963 Maria Goeppert Mayer (faculty member, 1940 to 1946)
1964 Charles H. Townes (faculty member, 1948 to 1961)
1975 Aage Bohr (faculty member, 1949 to 1950)
1976 Samuel C.C. Ting (faculty member, 1964 to 1967)
1979 Steven Weinberg (faculty member, 1957 to 1959)
1981 Arthur L. Schawlow (faculty member, 1949 to 1951, 1960)
1984 Carlo Rubbia (postdoc at Nevis Laboratories, 1958 to 1960)
1988 Jack Steinberger (faculty member, 1950 to 1970, 1985 to 1986, 1988 to 1998)
1998 Horst L. Stormer (faculty member, 1998 to present)
2006 John C. Mather (postdoc in Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 1974 to 1976)
2021 Giorgio Parisi (visiting scientist, 1973 to 1974)

Physiology or medicine

1933 Thomas Hunt Morgan (faculty member, 1904 to 1928)
1956 Andre F. Cournand (faculty member, 1935 to 1988)
1969 Salvador E. Luria (faculty member, 1940 to 1942)
1976 D. Carleton Gajdusek (postgraduate training, 1946 to 1947)
1978 Daniel Nathans (intern and medical resident, 1954 to 1959)
1982 Sune Bergström (research fellowship, 1940 to 1941)
1990 E. Donnall Thomas (faculty member, 1955 to 1963)
2000 Eric Kandel (faculty member, 1972 to present)
2004 Linda Buck (postdoctoral fellow, 1980 to 1984; research scientist, 1984 to 1991)
2021 David Julius (postdoctoral fellow, 1984 to 1989)

Field Medalists

Wolf Prize

Crafoord Prize

Templeton Prize

ACM Turing Award

Founding Fathers of the United States

Founding Fathers of the United States are the political leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution, or otherwise participated in the American Revolution as leaders of the Patriots.

Presidents of the United States

Vice presidents of the United States

Presidents and prime ministers (international)

Notable alumni and attendees

Main article: List of Columbia University alumni and attendees

See also: List of Columbia University people in politics, military and law

Notable faculty

See also above at Nobel Laureates ("Alumni" and "Faculty") for separate listing of 41 notable faculty

University professors

University professors emeriti

Former university professors

Others

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