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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 the 2023 awards, 103 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Columbia University as alumni or faculty. Among the 103 laureates, 72 are Nobel laureates in natural sciences;[a] 46 are Columbia alumni (graduates and attendees) and 34 have been long-term academic members of the Columbia faculty; and subject-wise, 33 laureates have won the Nobel Prize in Physics, more than any other subject. This list considers Nobel laureates as equal individuals and does not consider their various prize shares or if they received the prize more than once. It includes alumni and faculty of Barnard College after 1900 and those of Bard College by 1944, as well as physicians and long-term medical staff of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital.

In the following list, the number following a person's name is the year they received the prize; in particular, a number with asterisk (*) means the person received the award while they were working at Columbia University (including emeritus staff). A name marked with a dagger () indicates that this person has already been listed in a previous category (i.e., multiple affiliations).

Summary of Columbia University's Nobel Laureates
Category Alumni Professors of various ranks Researchers or visitors
Total: 103 46 34 43
Physics (33)
  1. Robert Millikan – 1923
  2. Isidor Rabi – 1944
  3. Julian Schwinger – 1965
  4. Leon Cooper – 1972
  5. James Rainwater – 1975
  6. Arno Penzias – 1978
  7. Val Fitch – 1980
  8. Leon Lederman – 1988
  9. Melvin Schwartz – 1988
  10. Norman Ramsey – 1989
  11. Martin Perl – 1995
  12. Arthur Ashkin – 2018
  13. John Clauser – 2022
  1. Enrico Fermi – 1938
  2. Isidor Rabi – 1944*
  3. Hideki Yukawa – 1949*
  4. Willis Lamb – 1955
  5. Polykarp Kusch – 1955*
  6. Tsung-Dao Lee – 1957*
  7. Charles Townes – 1964
  8. James Rainwater – 1975*
  9. Samuel Ting – 1976
  10. Melvin Schwartz – 1988
  11. Leon Lederman – 1988
  12. Jack Steinberger – 1988
  13. Norman Ramsey – 1989
  14. Horst Störmer – 1998*
  1. Emilio Segrè – 1959
  2. Maria Mayer – 1963
  3. Hans Bethe – 1967
  4. Murray Gell-Mann – 1969
  5. Aage Bohr – 1975
  6. Samuel Ting – 1976
  7. Steven Weinberg – 1979
  8. Arthur Schawlow – 1981
  9. Carlo Rubbia – 1984
  10. Leon Lederman – 1988
  11. Daniel Tsui – 1998
  12. John C. Mather – 2006
  13. Giorgio Parisi – 2021
Chemistry (16)
  1. Irving Langmuir – 1932
  2. John H. Northrop – 1946
  3. William H. Stein – 1972
  4. Roald Hoffmann – 1981
  5. Herbert Hauptman – 1985
  6. Sidney Altman – 1989
  7. William S. Knowles – 2001
  8. Robert Grubbs – 2005
  9. Robert Lefkowitz – 2012
  10. Louis E. Brus – 2023
  1. Harold Urey – 1934*
  2. Martin Chalfie – 2008*
  3. Martin Karplus – 2013
  4. Joachim Frank – 2017*
  5. Louis E. Brus – 2023*
  1. Willard Libby – 1960
  2. Luis Leloir – 1970
Physiology or Medicine (23)
  1. Hermann J. Muller – 1946
  2. Edward C. Kendall – 1950
  3. Dickinson Richards – 1956
  4. Joshua Lederberg – 1958
  5. Konrad Bloch – 1964
  6. George Wald – 1967
  7. Konrad Lorenz – 1973
  8. Baruch Blumberg – 1976
  9. Baruj Benacerraf – 1980
  10. Harold Varmus – 1989
  11. Louis Ignarro – 1998
  12. Richard Axel – 2004
  1. Thomas H. Morgan – 1933
  2. André Cournand – 1956*
  3. Dickinson Richards – 1956*
  4. Eric Kandel – 2000*
  5. Richard Axel – 2004*
  6. James Rothman – 2013
  1. Hermann J. Muller – 1946
  2. Joshua Lederberg – 1958
  3. Konrad Bloch – 1964
  4. Salvador Luria – 1969
  5. Baruch Blumberg – 1976
  6. Carleton Gajdusek – 1976
  7. Daniel Nathans – 1978
  8. Baruj Benacerraf – 1980
  9. Sune Bergström – 1982
  10. Donnall Thomas – 1990
  11. Linda Buck – 2004
  12. David Julius – 2021
Economics (17)
  1. Simon Kuznets – 1971
  2. Kenneth Arrow – 1972
  3. Milton Friedman – 1976
  4. Robert Fogel – 1993
  5. William Vickrey – 1996
  6. Robert C. Merton – 1997
  7. Alvin Roth – 2012
  1. George Stigler – 1982
  2. Gary Becker – 1992
  3. William Vickrey – 1996*
  4. Robert Mundell – 1999*
  5. James Heckman – 2000
  6. Joseph Stiglitz – 2001*
  7. Edmund Phelps – 2006*
  1. Milton Friedman – 1976
  2. Franco Modigliani – 1985
  3. Robert Solow – 1987
  4. Joseph Stiglitz – 2001
  5. David Card – 2021
  6. Joshua Angrist – 2021
Literature (6)
  1. Louise Glück – 2020
  1. Orhan Pamuk – 2006
  1. Gabriela Mistral – 1945
  2. Joseph Brodsky – 1987
  3. Nadine Gordimer – 1991
  4. Derek Walcott – 1992
  5. Orhan Pamuk – 2006
Peace (8)
  1. Theodore Roosevelt – 1906
  2. Nicholas Butler – 1931
  3. Barack Obama – 2009
  1. Nicholas Butler – 1931
  1. Elie Wiesel – 1986
  2. Al Gore – 2007
  3. Liu Xiaobo – 2010
  4. Leymah Gbowee – 2011
  5. Maria Ressa – 2021

Fields 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

Notes

  1. ^ The total number of laureates in natural sciences: Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology or Medicine.

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