With strong ties to Princeton for generations, the Forbes family has made many generous gifts to the University, from works of art to professorships. Distinguished faculty in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs hold two professorships endowed by family members and the Forbes Foundation.
The James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professorships were established in memory of James S. McDonnell ’21 H60 by gifts from the James S. McDonnell Foundation, of which his sons, James S. McDonnell III ’58 and John F. McDonnell ’60 *62, are board members.
When Charles H. Smyth came to Princeton to teach geology in 1905, he brought his two sons with him: Charlie and Harry. Both boys grew up to attend Princeton and follow in their father’s footsteps as Princeton faculty members and both are now commemorated with endowed chairs: the Charles Phelps Smyth ’16 *17 Professorship in Chemistry and the Henry De Wolf Smyth Professorship.
Among many Princetonians serving in the current administration in Washington, D.C., are three professors who hold endowed chairs and have been granted leave for government service: Alan B. Krueger, Cecilia E. Rouse, and Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80.
The Aspire campaign has provided Princeton with a number of new endowed chairs, which will help the University continue to maintain a world-class faculty in a range of disciplines.
Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron ’74 have given $4.5 million to the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) to support work at the intersection of environmental studies and the humanities.
A new professorship endowed by a gift from Dwight W. Anderson '89 is part of the University's comprehensive initiative to address critical issues of energy and the environment in the 21st century.
Simon E. Gikandi says he became a professor of English because he loved books. As a child in Kenya, books were his passion; they allowed him to experience different places, people, and times. His reading ignited a second passion: the English language.
Interdisciplinary research is being conducted in all areas of engineering at Princeton. Following is a single example from each of the departments of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.