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Nobel Laureates from Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions

The lists give the year each recipient received the prize, and then the person's undergraduate college, year of graduation, and major.

Medicine and Physiology Laureates

  • David Baltimore, 1975 - Swarthmore College, 1960, majored in chemistry
  • Michael Bishop, 1989 - Gettysburg College, 1957, majored in chemistry
  • Barry Blumberg, 1979 - Union College, 1945, majored in chemistry
  • Mario Capecchi, 2007, Antioch College, majored in chemistry and physics
  • Stanley Cohen, 1986 - Oberlin College, 1945, majored in chemistry and biology
  • Gerald Edelman, 1972 - Ursinus College, 1950, majored in chemistry [1]
  • Gertrude B. Elion, 1988, - Hunter College, 1937, majored in chemistry
  • Joseph Goldstein, 1985 - Washington and Lee University, 1962, majored in chemistry
  • Paul Greengard, 2000 - Hamilton College, 1948, majored in physics and mathematics
  • Ferid Murad, 1998 - DePauw University, 1958, majored in chemistry and pre-med
  • Joseph Murray, 1990 - College of the Holy Cross, 1940, "concentrated on Latin, Greek, Philosophy and English"
  • Phillip Sharp, 1993 - Union College, KY, 1966, majored in chemistry and mathematics
  • Roger Sperry, 1981 - Oberlin College, 1935, majored in English
  • Howard Temin, 1975 - Swarthmore College, 1955, majored in biology
  • Harold Varmus, 1989 - Amherst College, 1961, majored in English
  • Rosalyn Yalow, 1977 - Hunter College, 1941, majored in chemistry and physics [2]

Chemistry Laureates

  • Peter Agre, 2003 - Augsburg College, 1970, majored in chemistry
  • Melvin Calvin, 1961 - Michigan College of Mining and Technology, now Michigan Tech. U., 1931, majored in chemistry
  • Tom Cech, 1989 - Grinnell College, 1970, majored in chemistry
  • Donald Cram, 1987 - Rollins College, 1941, majored in chemistry
  • John Fenn, 2002 - Berea College, 1937, majored in chemistry
  • Paul Flory, 1974 - Manchester College, 1931, majored in chemistry [3]
  • F. Sherwood Rowland, 1995 - Ohio Wesleyan University, 1948, majored in chemistry, physics, and mathematics
  • Wendell M. Stanley, 1946 - Earlham College, 1926, majored in chemistry and mathematics [4]

Physics Laureates

  • Walter Brattain, 1956 - Whitman College, 1924, majored in physics and mathematics [5]
  • Arthur Holly Compton, 1927 - The College of Wooster, 1913, majored in physics [6]
  • John C. Mather, 2006 - Swarthmore College, 1968, majored in physics [7]
  • Robert Millikan, 1923 - Oberlin College, 1891, majored in classics [8]
  • Marty Perl, 1995 - physics courses in 1950 at Union College, after graduation from Polytechnic Institute, majored in chemical engineering
  • William Phillips, 1997 - Juniata College, 1970, majored in physics [9]
  • Joseph Taylor, 1993 - Haverford College, 1963, majored in physics [10]
  • Charles Townes, 1964 - Furman University, 1935, majored in physics and modern languages
  • Dan Tsui, 1998 - Augustana College, 1961, majored in physics and mathematics [11]

Economics Laureates

  • Robert Engle, 2003 - Williams College, 1964, majored in physics
  • James Heckman, 2000 - Colorado College, 1965, majored in mathematics

Sources

  • The original list was taken from the following source: Neal B. Abraham (nabraham@depauw.edu), Executive Vice President, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Phone: 765-658-4359, Fax: 765-658-4553, DePauw University, 305 Harrison Hall, 7 East Larabee Street, Greencastle, IN 46135
  • Undergraduate majors above, unless indicated otherwise, were taken from the biographical material at The Nobel Foundation. Majors not at that site were found mostly from college web pages.