Most recently, Caltech alumni Arthur Mc Donald (Ph D ’70) and lan Agol (BS ’92) won in 2016.
To date, 27 Caltech faculty members and alumni have received Mac Arthur Fellowships, nicknamed “genius grants.” Two fellows from the Mac Arthur Foundation’s first cohort came from Caltech: Stephen Wolfram (Ph D ’79) and Douglas Osheroff (BS ’67, MS ’69, Ph D ’73).
Over time, all of these tasks became less remarkable and more routine.
But each of those smaller firsts was adding up to real-world research.
Caltech’s latest honorees, named in 2016, are Victoria Orphan, James Irvine Professor of Environmental Science and Geobiology, and Dianne Newman, Gordon M. First Glimpse of His Quantum Future Professor John Preskill, trained as a particle physicist, on first feeling the lure of the quantum world (where Schrödinger’s cat does, and does not, live): “In 1994, I heard about a remarkable development.
Peter Shor (BS ’81) had created an algorithm that would let a quantum computer—assuming we could build one—solve problems that ordinary computers couldn’t.
Seven Caltech scholars have been named Crafoord laureates to date. The most recent is Andrea Ghez (MS ’89, Ph D ’93), who received the prize in 2012.
Eight Caltech researchers have received the Kavli Prize. Moseley Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, who was one of the two inaugural winners in 2008.
That is before all others; earliest in time or serial order, foremost in position, rank, or importance. So when I found out that I got into Caltech and that a scholarship would pay for all of my four years, I did scream. By the time I told my mom and she was crying, she was so happy, I was really excited. One of the committees that I was on as a sophomore was to award the Richard P. Are Caltech’s contributions to the world immeasurable?
It was a very big deal for my family for me to go to Caltech. We were going through the finances and it would be very difficult for us to pay for even like a year of schooling. And if worse came to worst, I would you know try and work my way through university. JENNIFER NELSON: I will be very, very, very proud of her. You’re always looking forward to what’s next and being able to question and wonder about the world.