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About Columbia

COLUMBIA'S NOBEL LAUREATES

Since 1901, when the awards were first given, 79 Columbians—including alumni, faculty, adjunct faculty, researchers and administrators—have won a Nobel Prize at some point in their careers. These distinguished scientists, statesmen and authors have won prizes in every field in which an award is given. The University's current faculty includes nine Nobel laureates. For additional information about them and other Columbia Nobel winners, visit the president's five-year report site and the Columbia 250th anniversary website.


LAUREATE    
YEAR    
FIELD    
Theodore Roosevelt
1906
Peace
Nicholas Murray Butler
1931
Peace
Irving Langmuir
1932
Chemistry
Robert A. Milikan
1932
Physics
Thomas Hunt Morgan
1933
Physiology
Harold C. Urey
1934
Chemistry
Enrico Fermi
1938
Physics
Isidor Isaac Rabi
1944
Physics
Hermann Joseph Muller
1946
Physiology
John Howard Northrop
1946
Chemistry
Hideki Yukawa
1949
Physics
Edward C. Kendall
1950
Physiology
Polykarp Kusch
1955
Physics
Willis E. Lamb
1955
Physics
Dickinson W. Richards
1955
Physiology
Andre F. Cournand
1956
Physiology
Tsung-Dao Lee
1957
Physics
Joshua Lederberg
1958
Physiology
Willard Libby
1960
Chemistry
Maria Goeppert Mayer
1963
Physics
Konrad E. Bloch
1964
Physiology
Charles H. Townes
1964
Physics
Julian S. Schwinger
1965
Physics
George Wald
1967
Physiology
Murray Gell-Mann
1969
Physics
Salvador E. Luria
1969
Physiology
Louis Leloir
1970
Chemistry
Simon S. Kuznets
1971
Economics
Kenneth J. Arrow
1972
Economics
Leon N. Cooper
1972
Physics
William H. Stein
1972
Chemistry
Aage Bohr
1975
Physics
James Rainwater
1975
Physics
Baruch S. Blumberg
1976
Physiology
Milton Friedman
1976
Economics
D. Carleton Gajdusek
1976
Physiology
Samuel C. C. Ting
1976
Physics
Daniel Nathans
1978
Physiology
Arno A. Penzias
1978
Physics
Steven Weinberg
1978
Physics
Baruj Benacerraf
1980
Physiology
Val L. Fitch
1980
Physics
Roald Hoffman
1981
Chemistry
Arthur L. Schawlow
1981
Physics
Sune Bergstrom
1982
Physiology
George J. Stigler
1982
Economics
Herbert A. Hauptman
1984
Chemistry
Carlo Rubbia
1984
Physics
Franco Modigliani
1985
Economics
Joseph Brodsky
1987
Literature
Robert Solow
1987
Economics
Leon M. Lederman
1988
Physics
Melvin Schwartz
1988
Physics
Jack Steinberger
1988
Physics
Norman F. Ramsey
1989
Physics
Harold E. Varmus
1989
Physiology
E. Donnal Thomas
1990
Physiology
Nadine Gordimer
1991
Literature
Gary S. Becker
1992
Economics
Derek Walcott
1992
Literature
Robert W. Fogel
1993
Economics
Martin L. Perl
1995
Physics
William S. Vickrey
1996
Economics
Robert C. Merton
1997
Economics
Louis J. Ignarro
1998
Physiology
Horst L. Stormer
1998
Physics
Robert Mundell
1999
Economics
James Heckman
2000
Economics
Eric Kandel
2000
Physiology
William Knowles
2001
Chemistry
Joseph Stiglitz
2001
Economics
Richard Axel
2004
Physiology
Linda B. Buck
2004
Physiology
Robert H. Grubbs
2005
Chemistry
John C. Mather
2006
Physics
Orhan Pamuk
2006
Literature
Edmund Phelps
2006
Economics
Martin Chalfie
2008
Chemistry
Barack H. Obama
2009
Peace