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California Institute of Technology

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Founded by Amos G. Throop in 1891 as Throop University, name changed to Throop Polytechnic Institute, Throop College of Technology, and then California Institute of Technology in 1921.

Location:
Pasadena, CA

Founding Date:
1891

Team:
Beavers

Enrollment:
2100

Official Website:
http://www.caltech.edu/

STUDENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Carl David Anderson
Physicist
3-Sep-1905 11-Jan-1991 Discovered the positron, mu-meson
Moshe Arens
Politician
27-Dec-1925   Likud Minister
Horace W. Babcock
Astronomer
13-Sep-1912 29-Aug-2003 Adaptive optics and the Babcock Model
George Beadle
Scientist
22-Oct-1903 9-Jun-1989 One gene, one enzyme theory
Arnold Beckman
Inventor
10-Apr-1900 18-May-2004 Philanthropist who invented pH meter
David Bohm
Physicist
20-Dec-1917 29-Oct-1992 Particle physicist
Frank Borman
Astronaut
14-Mar-1928   First to circumnavigate moon
Ira S. Bowen
Astronomer
21-Dec-1898 6-Feb-1973 Debunked nebulium
Richard Brautigan
Author
30-Jan-1935 14-Oct-1984 So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away
David Brin
Novelist
6-Oct-1950   The Uplift War
E. Margaret Burbidge
Astronomer
12-Aug-1919   Synthesis of the elements in stars
Geoffrey Burbidge
Astronomer
24-Sep-1925 26-Jan-2010 Quasi-steady state cosmology
L. Sprague de Camp
Author
27-Nov-1907 6-Nov-2000 Lest Darkness Fall
Frank Capra
Film Director
18-May-1897 3-Sep-1991 It's A Wonderful Life
Chester Carlson
Inventor
8-Feb-1906 19-Sep-1968 Invented Xerography
John S. Chen
Business
1-Jul-1955   CEO of Sybase
WenChi Chen
Business
?   President and CEO, VIA Technologies
France A. Córdova
Educator
5-Aug-1947   President, Purdue University
Kevin Drum
Blogger
19-Oct-1958   Washington Monthly's Political Animal
James J. Duderstadt
Educator
5-Dec-1942   President, University of Michigan, 1988-96
Robert G. Edwards
Scientist
27-Sep-1925 10-Apr-2013 In vitro fertilization
Ed Felten
Computer Programmer
25-Mar-1963   Broke SDMI
William A. Fowler
Astronomer
9-Aug-1911 14-Mar-1995 Element generation within stars
D. Carleton Gajdusek
Scientist
9-Sep-1923 12-Dec-2008 Kuru (slow virus infections)
Gregory L. Geoffroy
Educator
c. 1946   President, Iowa State University
Sheldon Glashow
Physicist
5-Dec-1932   Electroweak Theory
Jesse L. Greenstein
Astronomer
15-Oct-1909 21-Oct-2002 Co-Discoverer of quasars
Virgil Griffith
Computer Programmer
6-Mar-1983   Author of WikiScanner
Narendra K. Gupta
Business
c. 1949   Co-Founder, Integrated Systems Inc.
Leland H. Hartwell
Scientist
30-Oct-1939   Regulators of cell cycle
David Ho
Doctor
3-Nov-1952   AIDS researcher
Robert W. Holley
Scientist
28-Jan-1922 11-Feb-1993 RNA's role in protein synthesis
Leroy Hood
Biologist
10-Oct-1938   Systems biology and Human Genome Project
Fred Hoyle
Astronomer
24-Jun-1915 20-Aug-2001 Opposed the Big Bang but named it
Tsien Hsue-shen
Scientist
11-Dec-1911 31-Oct-2009 Founder of Chinese space program
Howard Hughes
Business
24-Sep-1905 5-Apr-1976 Insane billionaire
Vernon W. Hughes
Physicist
28-May-1921 25-Mar-2003 Muons
Niels K. Jerne
Scientist
23-Dec-1911 7-Oct-1994 Immune theory (anti-antibody)
Pierre H. Jungels
Business
c. 1945   CEO of Enterprise Oil, 1997-2001
Herman Kahn
Scholar
15-Feb-1922 7-Jul-1983 Hudson Institute founder
Theodore von Kármán
Mathematician
11-May-1881 7-May-1963 Kármán vortices
Martin Karplus
Chemist
15-Mar-1930   Karplus Equation
Tom Kibble
Mathematician
23-Dec-1932   Zurek-Kibble theory
Donald E. Knuth
Computer Programmer
10-Jan-1938   The Art of Computer Programming
Robert B. Leighton
Astronomer
10-Sep-1919 9-Mar-1997 Leighton dishes
Edward B. Lewis
Scientist
20-May-1918 21-Jul-2004 Drosophila researcher, Nobel laureate
Allan J. Lichtman
Historian
4-Apr-1947   The Keys to the White House
John C. Lilly
Scientist
6-Jan-1915 30-Sep-2001 Human-dolphin communication
William Lipscomb
Chemist
9-Dec-1919 14-Apr-2011 Chemical bonding
Sandra Tsing Loh
Radio Personality
11-Feb-1962   The Loh Life
Donald Lynden-Bell
Astronomer
5-Apr-1935   Astrophysicist at Cambridge
Benoit Mandelbrot
Mathematician
20-Nov-1924 14-Oct-2010 Fractal mathematician
Jessica Tuchman Mathews
Government
1946   Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
John McCarthy
Computer Programmer
4-Sep-1927 24-Oct-2011 Created LISP programming language
Pete McCloskey
Politician
29-Sep-1927   Congressman from California, 1967-83
Daniel L. McFadden
Economist
29-Jul-1937   Statistical analysis of individual and household behavior
Edward McGaffigan
Government
8-Dec-1948 2-Sep-2007 NRC Commissioner, 1996-2007
Harold McGee
Author
1951   On Food and Cooking
Edwin M. McMillan
Physicist
18-Sep-1907 7-Sep-1991 Discovered neptunium and plutonium
Carver A. Mead
Engineer
1-May-1934   Microelectronics
Robert C. Merton
Economist
31-Jul-1944   Risk management and options
Ruben Mettler
Business
23-Feb-1924 23-May-2006 CEO of TRW, 1969-77
Stanley Miller
Chemist
7-Mar-1930 20-May-2007 Miller-Urey Experiment
Mario J. Molina
Chemist
19-Mar-1943   Ozone depletion
Jacques Monod
Scientist
9-Feb-1910 31-May-1976 Operon theory of genetic control
Gordon Moore
Business
3-Jan-1929   Co-founder of Intel, laid down Moore's Law
Rudolf Mössbauer
Physicist
31-Jan-1929 14-Sep-2011 Discovered Mössbauer effect
Erwin Neher
Scientist
20-Mar-1944   Cellular ion channels
Patrick H. Nettles
Business
1943   CEO of Ciena, 1994-2000
Gerry Neugebauer
Astronomer
3-Sep-1932   Infrared astronomy
Larry Niven
Author
30-Apr-1938   Ringworld and Known Space series
Bill Nye
TV Personality
27-Nov-1955   Bill Nye the Science Guy
Barney Oliver
Astronomer
27-May-1916 23-Nov-1995 SETI researcher
Frank Oppenheimer
Physicist
14-Aug-1912 3-Feb-1985 Founder of the Exploratorium
Douglas D. Osheroff
Physicist
1-Aug-1945   Superfluidity of helium-3
Pief Panofsky
Physicist
24-Apr-1919 24-Sep-2007 Stanford Linear Accelerator
Eugene Parker
Astronomer
10-Jun-1927   Solar winds
Gerhard H. Parker
Business
c. 1943   Retired Intel VP
Jack Parsons
Scientist
2-Oct-1914 17-Jul-1952 Satanic rocket scientist
Linus Pauling
Chemist
28-Feb-1901 19-Aug-1994 Scientist and peacenik
William Pierce
Author
11-Sep-1933 23-Jul-2002 The Turner Diaries
Kenneth S. Pitzer
Chemist
6-Jan-1914 26-Dec-1997 President of Rice University, 1961-68
John Poindexter
Military
12-Aug-1936   Iran-Contra criminal
James Rainwater
Physicist
9-Dec-1917 31-May-1986 Determined shapes of nuclei
Karl L. Rankin
Diplomat
4-Sep-1898 15-Jan-1991 US Ambassador to Taiwan, 1950-57
Martin Rees
Astronomer
23-Jun-1942   President of the Royal Society
Charles Richter
Scientist
26-Apr-1900 30-Sep-1985 Groundbreaking seismologist
Stephen A. Ross
Economist
c. 1943   Professor of Financial Economics, MIT
Carl Sagan
Astronomer
9-Nov-1934 20-Dec-1996 Popular astronomer, host of Cosmos
Allan R. Sandage
Astronomer
18-Jun-1926 13-Nov-2010 Quasars and Hubble-Sandage variable stars
Wallace Sargent
Astronomer
15-Feb-1935   Astrophysicist at CalTech
Maarten Schmidt
Astronomer
28-Dec-1929   Co-Discoverer of quasars
Jack Schmitt
Astronaut
3-Jul-1935   12th Man on the Moon
John Patrick Schmitz
Government
1955   Washington lobbyist
William R. Sears
Engineer
1-Mar-1913 12-Oct-2002 Airfoil engineer
Phillip A. Sharp
Biologist
6-Jun-1944   Eukaryotic (split) genes
Tsutomu Shimomura
Physicist
23-Oct-1964   Helped catch Kevin Mitnick
William Shockley
Physicist
13-Feb-1910 12-Aug-1989 Co-Inventor of the transistor
Vernon L. Smith
Economist
1-Jan-1927   Experimental economics
H. Guyford Stever
Educator
24-Oct-1916 9-Apr-2010 President of CMU, 1965-72
Ivan Sutherland
Engineer
16-May-1938   Father of computer graphics
Timothy Swager
Chemist
1-Jul-1961   Chemist at MIT
Howard M. Temin
Scientist
10-Dec-1934 9-Feb-1994 Tumor viruses and host genetics
Charles H. Townes
Physicist
28-Jul-1915   Invention of the maser and laser
George M. Whitesides
Chemist
3-Aug-1939   Harvard chemist, highest H-Index
Kenneth G. Wilson
Physicist
8-Jun-1936   Second-order phase transitions
Robert Woodrow Wilson
Astronomer
10-Jan-1936   Detected primordial radiation
Ralph D. Winter
Religion
?   US Center for World Mission
Stephen Wolfram
Mathematician
29-Aug-1959   Creator of Mathematica
Mark S. Wrighton
Educator
1949   Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis

TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Carl David Anderson
Physicist
3-Sep-1905 11-Jan-1991 Discovered the positron, mu-meson
David Baltimore
Biologist
7-Mar-1938   Co-Discoverer, reverse transcriptase
Jacqueline K. Barton
Chemist
7-May-1952   Professor of Chemistry at CalTech
George Beadle
Scientist
22-Oct-1903 9-Jun-1989 One gene, one enzyme theory
Arnold Beckman
Inventor
10-Apr-1900 18-May-2004 Philanthropist who invented pH meter
John G. Bolton
Astronomer
5-Jun-1922 6-Jul-1993 First Director of Parkes Observatory
Ira S. Bowen
Astronomer
21-Dec-1898 6-Feb-1973 Debunked nebulium
Geoffrey Burbidge
Astronomer
24-Sep-1925 26-Jan-2010 Quasi-steady state cosmology
Max Delbrück
Scientist
4-Sep-1906 10-Mar-1981 Molecular structure of viral genes (phages)
Peter B. Dervan
Chemist
28-Jun-1945   DNA Researcher
T. G. Dobzhansky
Scientist
25-Jan-1900 18-Dec-1975 Genetics and the Origin of Species
Renato Dulbecco
Scientist
22-Feb-1914 20-Feb-2012 Tumor viruses and host genetics
Gerhard Ertl
Chemist
10-Oct-1936   Auto emissions and the ozone layer
Thomas E. Everhart
Physicist
15-Feb-1932   President of CalTech, 1987-97
Richard Feynman
Physicist
11-May-1918 15-Feb-1988 Surely he's joking
William A. Fowler
Astronomer
9-Aug-1911 14-Mar-1995 Element generation within stars
Richard Freeman
Economist
29-Jun-1943   Labor economist
Murray Gell-Mann
Physicist
15-Sep-1929   Quarks and strangeness
Donald A. Glaser
Physicist
21-Sep-1926 28-Feb-2013 Inventor of the bubble chamber
Roy J. Glauber
Physicist
1-Sep-1925   Quantum optics
Ronald Graham
Mathematician
31-Oct-1935   Mathematician, Computer Scientist
Jesse L. Greenstein
Astronomer
15-Oct-1909 21-Oct-2002 Co-Discoverer of quasars
Robert H. Grubbs
Chemist
27-Feb-1942   Metathesis
Leroy Hood
Biologist
10-Oct-1938   Systems biology and Human Genome Project
Tsien Hsue-shen
Scientist
11-Dec-1911 31-Oct-2009 Founder of Chinese space program
J. Hans D. Jensen
Physicist
25-Jun-1907 11-Feb-1973 Shell nuclear model
Theodore von Kármán
Mathematician
11-May-1881 7-May-1963 Kármán vortices
Donald E. Knuth
Computer Programmer
10-Jan-1938   The Art of Computer Programming
Andrew E. Lange
Astronomer
23-Jul-1957 22-Jan-2010 Cosmologist, astrophysicist at Caltech
Robert B. Leighton
Astronomer
10-Sep-1919 9-Mar-1997 Leighton dishes
Edward B. Lewis
Scientist
20-May-1918 21-Jul-2004 Drosophila researcher, Nobel laureate
Rudolph A. Marcus
Chemist
21-Jul-1923   Electron-transfer reactions
Carver A. Mead
Engineer
1-May-1934   Microelectronics
Robert A. Millikan
Physicist
22-Mar-1868 19-Dec-1953 Determined the charge of an electron
Thomas H. Morgan
Scientist
25-Sep-1866 4-Dec-1945 Fruit fly chromosomes and heredity
Rudolf Mössbauer
Physicist
31-Jan-1929 14-Sep-2011 Discovered Mössbauer effect
Gerry Neugebauer
Astronomer
3-Sep-1932   Infrared astronomy
Donald E. Osterbrock
Astronomer
13-Jul-1924 11-Jan-2007 Director of Lick Observatory, 1973-81
Linus Pauling
Chemist
28-Feb-1901 19-Aug-1994 Scientist and peacenik
H. David Politzer
Physicist
31-Aug-1949   Deep structure of matter
Martin Rees
Astronomer
23-Jun-1942   President of the Royal Society
Charles Richter
Scientist
26-Apr-1900 30-Sep-1985 Groundbreaking seismologist
Kermit Roosevelt, Jr.
Government
16-Feb-1916 8-Jun-2000 1953 Iran coup
Wallace Sargent
Astronomer
15-Feb-1935   Astrophysicist at CalTech
Maarten Schmidt
Astronomer
28-Dec-1929   Co-Discoverer of quasars
William R. Sears
Engineer
1-Mar-1913 12-Oct-2002 Airfoil engineer
William Shockley
Physicist
13-Feb-1910 12-Aug-1989 Co-Inventor of the transistor
Vernon L. Smith
Economist
1-Jan-1927   Experimental economics
Roger W. Sperry
Scientist
20-Aug-1913 17-Apr-1994 "Split brain" hemispheric neurophysiology
Ivan Sutherland
Engineer
16-May-1938   Father of computer graphics
James Watson
Scientist
6-Apr-1928   Co-Discoverer of DNA
Edward Witten
Physicist
26-Aug-1951   String theorist at Princeton
Stephen Wolfram
Mathematician
29-Aug-1959   Creator of Mathematica
Ahmed H. Zewail
Chemist
26-Feb-1946   Femtochemistry
Fritz Zwicky
Astronomer
14-Feb-1898 8-Feb-1974 Astrophysicist at CalTech

ADMINISTRATORS AND TRUSTEES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John F. Akers
Business
28-Dec-1934   CEO of IBM, 1986-93
Robert O. Anderson
Business
13-Apr-1917 2-Dec-2007 CEO of ARCO, 1966-86
George Argyros
Business
4-Feb-1937   Billionaire
Horace W. Babcock
Astronomer
13-Sep-1912 29-Aug-2003 Adaptive optics and the Babcock Model
David Baltimore
Biologist
7-Mar-1938   Co-Discoverer, reverse transcriptase
Donald R. Beall
Business
c. 1939   CEO of Rockwell, 1988-98
Arnold Beckman
Inventor
10-Apr-1900 18-May-2004 Philanthropist who invented pH meter
John G. Bolton
Astronomer
5-Jun-1922 6-Jul-1993 First Director of Parkes Observatory
Ira S. Bowen
Astronomer
21-Dec-1898 6-Feb-1973 Debunked nebulium
Eli Broad
Business
6-Jun-1933   Billionaire
Harold Brown
Government
19-Sep-1927   US Secretary of Defense, 1977-81
John E. Bryson
Business
24-Jul-1943   US Secretary of Commerce, 2011-12
Jean-Lou Chameau
Educator
1953   President, California Institute of Technology
Henry Dreyfuss
Inventor
2-Mar-1904 5-Oct-1972 Product designer, human factors engineer
Thomas E. Everhart
Physicist
15-Feb-1932   President of CalTech, 1987-97
Robert W. Galvin
Business
9-Oct-1922 11-Oct-2011 CEO of Motorola, 1959-90
Harold J. Haynes
Business
29-Sep-1925 8-Jul-2009 CEO of Standard Oil of California, 1974-81
David Ho
Doctor
3-Nov-1952   AIDS researcher
Shirley Hufstedler
Judge
24-Aug-1925   US Secretary of Education, 1979-81
Bobby Ray Inman
Military
4-Apr-1931   Admiral, NSA Director, Deputy CIA Director
Theodore von Kármán
Mathematician
11-May-1881 7-May-1963 Kármán vortices
Richard Kovacevich
Business
30-Oct-1943   CEO of Wells Fargo, 1998-2007
Kent Kresa
Business
24-Mar-1938   CEO of Northrop Grumman, 1990-2003
Andrew E. Lange
Astronomer
23-Jul-1957 22-Jan-2010 Cosmologist, astrophysicist at Caltech
John McCone
Government
4-Jan-1902 14-Feb-1991 CIA Director, 1961-65
Ruben Mettler
Business
23-Feb-1924 23-May-2006 CEO of TRW, 1969-77
Robert A. Millikan
Physicist
22-Mar-1868 19-Dec-1953 Determined the charge of an electron
Gordon Moore
Business
3-Jan-1929   Co-founder of Intel, laid down Moore's Law
Thomas H. Morgan
Scientist
25-Sep-1866 4-Dec-1945 Fruit fly chromosomes and heredity
Peter W. Mullin
Business
c. 1940   Mullin Consulting, Inc.
Philip M. Neal
Business
1940   CEO of Avery Dennison, 1998-2005
Patrick H. Nettles
Business
1943   CEO of Ciena, 1994-2000
Gerry Neugebauer
Astronomer
3-Sep-1932   Infrared astronomy
Ronald L. Olson
Attorney
1941   Munger Tolles & Olson
Linus Pauling
Chemist
28-Feb-1901 19-Aug-1994 Scientist and peacenik
Stewart A. Resnick
Business
c. 1938   Roll International
Arthur Rock
Business
19-Aug-1926   Coined term "Venture Capitalism"
Stephen A. Ross
Economist
c. 1943   Professor of Financial Economics, MIT
Wallace Sargent
Astronomer
15-Feb-1935   Astrophysicist at CalTech
Maarten Schmidt
Astronomer
28-Dec-1929   Co-Discoverer of quasars
Roger Smith
Business
12-Jul-1925 29-Nov-2007 CEO of General Motors, 1980-90
Dennis Stanfill
Business
1-Apr-1927   CEO of 20th Century Fox, 1971-81
Marc I. Stern
Business
c. 1944   Chairman, GIMS North America
Donald W. Tang
Business
c. 1963   Vice Chairman of Bear Stearns
Lew Wasserman
Business
22-Mar-1913 3-Jun-2002 Chairman and CEO of MCA, 1946-95
Walter L. Weisman
Business
c. 1935   American Medical International
Ahmed H. Zewail
Chemist
26-Feb-1946   Femtochemistry


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