The Nobel Laureates of Cornell
February 24 - April 5, 1997
When he died in 1896, Alfred Nobel - the Swedish inventor of dynamite and the holder of 355 patents - bequeathed from his vast fortune funds for prizes for the world's top scientists, authors, and champions of peace. A prize for Economics was later instituted in Nobel's memory by the Bank of Sweden.
The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library is pleased to announce an exhibit, "The Prize: The Nobel Laureates of Cornell," to celebrate Cornell's 1996 Nobel Laureates, David M. Lee and Robert C. Richardson. The exhibition also honors the twenty-four other Cornell faculty and alumni who have been honored with Nobel prizes. Four, including Lee and Richardson, are currently on the faculty; there are twelve former faculty, and eleven alumni, both graduate and undergraduate. Cornellians have won eleven prizes in physics, five in chemistry, five in medicine, three in literature, one in economics, and one peace prize. Three Cornell women have been so recognized. Pearl Buck was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature; and Toni Morrison the first African American to win the literature prize.
"The Prize" features the medals and certificates of David M. Lee and Robert C. Richardson, as well as photographs, programs, and memorabilia from the ceremonies in Stockholm. It also commemorates the achievement of the Cornell's other Nobel laureates with books, manuscripts, and photographs relating to their lives and work. The exhibition, curated by Elaine Engst and Mark Dimunation, will be on display in the Exhibition Gallery of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Carl A. Kroch Library, February 24th through April 5th, 1997.