Chances are, when you went to Princeton, your interaction with professors went well beyond the classroom and office hours. The same teacher-scholars who are at the pinnacle of their professions and break new ground in their fields of study also work closely with undergraduates as mentors, advisors, and colleagues.
Edward C. (Ted) Taylor, Sir W. Arthur Lewis, and Froma Zeitlin are three of Princeton’s most accomplished and honored professors. Their dedication to students matches their contributions to their disciplines.
Robert Sedgewick introduces students to the power and potential of computing. Simon Gikandi reexamines the influence that the historical interchange between Europe and Africa had on language and culture. Naomi Ehrich Leonard ’85 designs dynamics for robots inspired by the collective motion found in nature, from flocks of birds to schools of fish.
In his four decades on the Princeton faculty, Ted Taylor earned the admiration of his students and colleagues for his cheerful nature and commitment to rigorous research. Even in retirement, he has continued to support and shape new generations of scientists by establishing the Edward and Virginia Taylor Professorship in Bioorganic Chemistry and the Edward C. Taylor Fellowships for third-year graduate students in chemistry. The fellowships allow Princeton to fund students for three years—a rarity in higher education—freeing them from the need to tie their research interests to grant support.
Faculty, alumni, and members of the University community gathered on April 5 to honor Edward C. "Ted" Taylor H10, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor in Organic Chemistry Emeritus, with a chemistry symposium, reception, and dinner. Professor Taylor recently strengthened teaching and research at Princeton by establishing the Edward and Virginia Taylor Professorship in Bioorganic Chemistry and the Edward C. Taylor Fellowships, which provide funding for third-year graduate students, a rarity in higher education.
A $4 million gift from technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas M. Siebel has created the Thomas M. Siebel Professorship in the History of Science. “This generous gift from Tom Siebel will significantly advance our efforts to interpret the development of scientific ideas and to understand their historical importance,” said President Christopher L. Eisgruber.
To celebrate his father’s life and work, Christopher Kuenne ’85 has established the Robert E. Kuenne Professorship in Economics and Humanistic Studies.
On Friday, May 3, 2013, the University celebrated the legacy of generosity that sustains over 240 endowed professorships at Princeton and thanked the alumni, parents, and friends whose gifts have supported the creation of endowed chairs.
Gifts made possible by the trusts and estates of friends and alumni provided $104 million during the Anniversary Campaign for Princeton and touched every area of campus life.