A gift from Sumir Chadha of Princeton’s Class of 1993 has established the M. S. Chadha Center for Global India, which will bring together scholars and students from all disciplines to broadly explore contemporary India, including its economy, politics, and culture. The center is named in honor of Chadha’s grandfather, a distinguished physician who served as the director general of Health Services for India.
By Nancy H. Lin ’77 S76 P10
My father received his graduate degree in economics from Princeton 1935. He was a Boxer Rebellion Indemnity Scholar, and while he enjoyed his studies, he seldom spoke about his years at Princeton, although he did ask me not to join an eating club or play golf. He became an interpreter, often acted in a paralegal capacity, and community social worker for Chinese immigrants, mostly in New York City’s Chinatown. My father had high, challenging standards and a kind heart.
A gift from the Wythes family—Marcia Wythes, Jennifer Wythes Vettel, Paul Wythes Jr., and Linda Wythes Knoll—has named the University's Center on Contemporary China in honor of former trustee Paul Wythes of the Class of 1955 and his wife.
As an aspiring wizard, wand in hand, steps before a huge screen projecting an image of the Hogwarts School Great Hall of Harry Potter fame, José Rico ’18 waits. At the moment the youngster flicks his wand while pronouncing magic words, Rico does his magic—making the spell come to life with the click of his computer’s buttons.
A gift from University Trustee Anthony H. P. Lee and his wife Sharon will strengthen Princeton’s mission of teaching and research by endowing a professorship in math, funding education and training related to high-speed computing, and creating a new scholarship.
Charles Gillispie, Princeton’s Dayton-Stockton Professor of History Emeritus, epitomized the qualities associated with an ideal professor: rigorous scholarship and a devotion to students.
Professor of Computer Science Ben Raphael first applied his computational muscle to the fight against cancer by accident. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, he studied genomes. One day, during a routine research meeting, his advisor mentioned that he had gotten an email out of the blue from cancer biologists who needed help making sense of their data. He asked the lab group if anyone was interested in helping them out. Raphael volunteered, thinking it would be a one-off project. Fifteen years later, he’s still studying what drives cancer.
Engineers at Princeton are working to solve some of our most critical challenges, from reducing dependence on fossil fuels to making the Internet more secure to working at the intersection of biology and technology to combat disease.
During a sunrise run in China’s remote Gansu Province last summer, Sam Rasmussen ’19 felt he was traveling back in time to China as it looked decades ago. He jogged on unpaved roads through desert terrain, past homes made of adobe and farmers working in their fields. When he needed a pit stop, a farmer led Rasmussen behind his house to a concrete slab over two holes in the ground.
Computer science powers the work of many disciplines. If a molecular biologist needs to match up millions of pairs of genes, or a humanist wants to mine databases to understand the evolution of English prose, computers make it possible. Princeton’s computer science department, part of the University’s renowned engineering school, is distinguished by its deep expertise in both the theoretical foundations of computing and the many applications of computing in modern life.