James McPherson WF ‘58, the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University,  has made it his mission to bridge the gap between the academic and general audience studies of the American Civil War. Dr. McPherson won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. He is the author of numerous other books focusing on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, including The Struggle for Equality, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Award in 1965. Two of his books won Lincoln Prizes: For Cause and Comrades in 1998, and Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief in 2009 Lincoln Prize. In 2002, Dr. McPherson published Fields of Fury, a history of the Civil War for children. Read more about Dr. McPherson’s career and commitment to bringing historical scholarship to the public here.

Harold E. Varmus WF ’61, Co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for the discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes;” Director, National Institutes of Health; 14th Director, National Cancer Institute; 1984 Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize; Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine, Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine; Senior Associate, New York Genome Center.

Joseph H. Taylor, Jr. WF ’63, Co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of a new type of pulsar;” 1981 MacArthur Fellow; Dean of the Faculty/James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Princeton University.

Thomas J. Sargent WF H ’64, Co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Economics “for empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy;” W.R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Business, New York University; 2011 NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing, National Academy of Sciences; 2011 CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications.

H. David Politzer WF ’69, Co-recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction;” Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology.

William D. Phillips WF ’70, Co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics (with Steven Chu WF ’70) “for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light;” Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology; 1996 Albert A. Michelson Medal, The Franklin Institute.

John C. Mather WF ’68, Co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics “for discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation;” Senior Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; 2006 Gruber Foundation Prize in Cosmology; Project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST); Read an article with Dr. Mather from the WW newsletter here.

Robert E. Lucas, Jr. WF ’67, Recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Economics “for having developed and applied the hypothesis of rational expectations;” John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago

Roger D. Kornberg WF ’67, Recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription;” Mrs. George A. Winzer Professor in Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

H. Robert Horvitz WF ’68, Co-recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for discoveries concerning ‘genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death;” David H. Koch Professor; Member, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT; Gruber Foundation Genetics Prize winner; Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences


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