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Johns Hopkins Nobel Prize Winners



Adam Riess Discovered Dark Energy and in 2011, he won a Nobel Prize in physics for his part in showing that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating. In fact, there have been 29 Nobel Prize winners associated with Johns Hopkins University, either as graduates or faculty, before, at the time of, or subsequent to their receipt of the prize. And they are in good company, swapping ideas and sharing office space with MacArthur fellows, presidential honorees, National Academies members, and Academy of Arts and Sciences members.



Nobel Prize Winners


Woodrow Wilson, PhD 1886 (History)

Nobel Peace Prize, 1919


James Franck

Professor of Physics, 1935–38

Nobel Prize in Physics, 1925


Thomas Hunt Morgan, PhD 1890 (Zoology)

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1933


George Hoyt Whipple, MD 1905

Associate Professor of Pathology, 1910–14

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1934


Joseph Erlanger, MD 1899

Assistant in Physiology, 1900–1901

Instructor, 1901–1903

Associate, 1903–1904

Associate Professor, 1904–1906

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1944


Herbert Spencer Gasser, MD 1915

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1944


Vincent du Vigneaud

National Research Fellow, Pharmacology, 1927–28

Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1955


Maria Goeppert-Mayer

Assistant in Physics, 1930-32

Associate, 1932-36

Nobel Prize in Physics, 1963


Francis Peyton Rous, AB 1900, MD 1905

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1966


Haldan Keffer Hartline, MD 1927

Professor of Biophysics, 1949–54

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1967


Simon Kuznets

Professor of Political Economy, 1954–60

Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 1971


Christian B. Anfinsen

Professor of Biology, 1982–95

Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1972


Hamilton O. Smith, MD 1956

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, 1967–69

Associate Professor, 1969–73

Professor, 1973–98

Professor Emeritus, 1998–present

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1978


Daniel Nathans

Assistant Professor, 1962–65

Associate Professor, 1965–67

Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, 1967–99

Interim President, 1995–96

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1978


David H. Hubel

Assistant Resident, Neurology, 1954–55

Fellow, Neuroscience, 1958–59

Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1981


Torsten Wiesel

Fellow, Ophthalmology, 1955–58

Assistant Professor, 1958–59

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1981


Merton H. Miller, PhD 1952

(and honorary doctorate 1993) (Economics)

Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 1990


Robert W. Fogel, PhD 1963 (Economics)

Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 1993


Martin Rodbell, BA 1949 (Biology)

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1994


Jody Williams, MA 1984 (Latin American Studies)

Nobel Peace Prize, 1997


Paul Greengard, PhD 1953 (Biophysics)

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2000


Riccardo Giacconi

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, 1982–97

Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy 1998–present

Nobel Prize in Physics, 2002

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