List of California Institute of Technology people

The California Institute of Technology has had numerous notable alumni and faculty.

Notable alumniEdit

Alumni who went on to become members of the faculty are listed only in this category.

Physics and astronomyEdit

Chemistry and chemical engineeringEdit

  • David T. Allen, PhD 1983; Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering at University of Texas, Austin; known for contributions to improving air quality and for developments in sustainable engineering education and practice; elected member of National Academy of Engineering[11]
  • Fred C. Anson, BS 1954, former faculty; Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus at Caltech; member of National Academy of Sciences; known for pioneering work on the electrochemistry of polymers, catalysis of electrode reactions, and electrochemical reactions that involve ultrathin coating of molecules on electrode surfaces[12]
  • Peter B. Armentrout, PhD 1980
  • Jesse L. Beauchamp, BS 1964
  • Arnold Beckman, PhD 1928; inventor of the pH meter, founder of Beckman Instruments and financier of the first "silicon" company in Silicon Valley, Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory; National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Rena Bizios, MS 1971
  • Richard D. Braatz, PhD 1993
  • Leo Brewer, BS 1940
  • Richard G. Brewer, BS 1951; pioneer in quantum optics and nonlinear laser spectroscopy, particularly advanced techniques in the study of laser induced steady state and transient phenomena; researcher at IBM Almaden research laboratories; IBM fellow, elected member of National Academy of Sciences[13]
  • Emily A. Carter, PhD 1987
  • Christopher Chang, BS/MS 1997
  • Doug S. Clark, PhD 1983; Gilbert Newton Lewis Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dean of College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; known for advances in biocatalyst and bioreaction engineering for drug discovery, drug screening, and bioprocessing; elected member of National Academy of Engineering[14]
  • Robert N. Clayton, PhD 1955, National Medal of Science recipient
  • Robert E. Cohen, PhD 1972
  • William H. Corcoran BS 1941, PhD 1948; former faculty, Institute Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech; known for research in biomedical engineering (particularly fluid flow and design of artificial heart valves), chemical engineering kinetics, engineering design, pharmaceutical process engineering and development design, rocketry, and transport processes; member of National Academy of Engineering[15]
  • Charles D. Coryell, BS 1932, PhD 1935
  • Francis J. Doyle III, PhD 1991; Dean of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University
  • Paul Hugh Emmett, PhD 1925
  • David A. Evans, PhD 1967
  • Gary Felsenfeld, PhD 1955, Distinguished Investigator and Chief of the section on physical chemistry in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health; known for research on the physical chemistry of nucleic acids and proteins and their interactions with each other and with small molecules; structure of DNA and synthetic polynucleotides; structure and function of chromatin, particularly as it relates to eukaryotic gene expression; and regulation of globin gene expression during development; member of National Academy of Sciences[16]
  • Gerald Fuller, PhD 1980
  • Neil Garg, PhD 2005; Professor & Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair at UCLA; awarded Robert Foster Cherry Award (2018), California Professor of the Year (2015), and American Chemical Society's EJ Corey Award (2017).
  • Jeff Gelles, PhD 1986; Aron and Imre Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Brandeis University; leading researcher in single-molecule biophysical imaging and study of molecular motors and assemblies involved in DNA, RNA, and protein assembly, transcription, and modification; fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[17]
  • Jacqueline G. Gish, PhD 1976; Northrop Grumman Technology Fellow; recognized for significant contributions to the development of high-energy lasers, development of diagnostics for plasma and laser programs, and leadership of efforts on chemical lasers and solid state lasers; member of National Academy of Engineering[18]
  • William A. Goddard, III, PhD 1965; faculty, theoretical chemist
  • Wilson Ho, BS/MS 1975; Donald Bren Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry, University of California, Irvine; physical chemist known for development of single-molecule scanning tunneling microscopy methods and instrumentation and investigation of nanoscale materials, surfaces, and phenomena; member of National Academy of Sciences[19]
  • James L. Hoard, PhD 1932
  • Brian M. Hoffman, PhD 1966
  • James A. Ibers, BS 1951, PhD 1954
  • Harold S. Johnston, PhD 1948; National Medal of Science recipient; winner of Tyler World Prize for Environmental Achievement
  • Christopher W. Jones, PhD 1999
  • William D. Jones, PhD 1979; Charles F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry at University of Rochester. Elected fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[20]
  • Eric W. Kaler, BS 1978
  • Martin Karplus, PhD 1953; Nobel laureate in chemistry (2013) "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems"
  • Chaitan Khosla, PhD 1990; Alan T. Waterman Award winner
  • Julie A. Kornfield, BS 1983; faculty; Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech; researcher in field of polymer chemistry and physics; elected member of National Academy of Engineering for developing megasupramolecules for antimisting fuel additives and light-adjustable intraocular lenses to improve cataract surgery outcomes
  • Nathan Lewis, BS/MS 1977; faculty; George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at Caltech
  • William Lipscomb, PhD 1946; Nobel laureate in chemistry (1976) "for his studies on the structure of boranes illuminating problems of chemical bonding"
  • James Mayer, PhD 1982; Charlotte Fitch Roberts Professor of Chemistry at Yale University; pioneering chemist known for work in coupled transfers of protons and electrons in catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry; elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[21]
  • Joseph Edward Mayer, BS 1924
  • Stephen L. Mayo, PhD 1987; faculty; Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry at Caltech
  • Harden M. McConnell, PhD 1951; Wolf Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Edwin Mattison McMillan, BS 1928, MS 1929; Nobel laureate in chemistry (1951) "for their discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements"; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Matthew Meselson, PhD 1957; Lasker Award recipient; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • Kurt Mislow, PhD 1947; Professor Emeritus of chemistry at Princeton University; known for major contributions to physical organic chemistry; member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Milan Mrksich, PhD 1994; Henry Wade Rodgers Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator[22]
  • Daniel G. Nocera, PhD 1984
  • José Onuchic, PhD 1987
  • Dinshaw Patel, MS 1963
  • Linus Pauling, PhD 1925; former faculty, two-time sole recipient of Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1954) "for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances" and Nobel Peace Prize (1962) for his work on nuclear disarmament and his contributions to the Partial Test Ban Treaty; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Nikola Pavletich, BS 1988
  • Cornelius J. Pings, BS 1951, PhD 1955; former faculty in chemical engineering and chemical physics; former provost and professor of chemical engineering at University of Southern California; former president of Association of American Universities (AAU); member of National Academy of Engineering[23]
  • Kenneth Pitzer, BS 1935; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Dana Powers, BS 1970, PhD 1975; senior scientist, nuclear energy and fuel cycle programs, Sandia National Laboratories; member of National Academy of Engineering; known for contributions to commercial nuclear power plant safety worldwide and to radioactive source-term processes[24]
  • Danny Reible, PhD 1982
  • Melanie Sanford, PhD 2001; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • George C. Schatz, PhD 1976
  • Richard Scheller, PhD 1980; Kavli Prize laureate; Alan T. Waterman Award winner; Lasker Award recipient
  • Warren G. Schlinger, BS 1944, PhD 1949; philanthropist and former chemical engineer at Texaco, Inc. noted for over 60 patents and decades of work on chemical processes involving syngas and cleaner energy recovery from fossil fuels; elected member of National Academy of Engineering[25]
  • Peter G. Schultz, BS 1979, PhD 1984; Alan T. Waterman Award winner; Wolf Prize winner
  • Joe Mauk Smith, BS 1937; Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus at University of California, Davis; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for leadership in chemical reaction kinetics and thermodynamics, and teaching in those subjects; author of several influential textbooks[26]
  • Howard A. Stone, PhD 1988
  • Scott Strobel, PhD 1992
  • Yongkui Sun, PhD 1990; Executive Director of Business Development and Licensing at Merck & Co.; known for contributions to green, economical processes for pharmaceuticals and for developing business strategies in emerging markets; member of National Academy of Engineering[27]
  • Kenneth S. Suslick, BS 1974
  • Timothy M. Swager, PhD 1988
  • Patricia Thiel, PhD 1981; Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University and senior scientist at Ames Laboratory; known for leading research on the formation and evolution of nanostructures on surfaces, surface properties and structures of quasicrystals, and thin-film nucleation and growth; fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[28]
  • Mark Thompson (chemist), PhD 1985
  • Holden Thorp, PhD 1989
  • Margaret Tolbert, PhD 1986; Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at University of Colorado, Boulder; member of National Academy of Sciences; prominent researcher in field of atmospheric chemistry[29]
  • Donald Truhlar, PhD 1970
  • Michael Tsapatsis, PhD 1994
  • Nicholas Turro, PhD 1963
  • John S. Waugh, PhD 1953; Wolf Prize winner
  • George M. Whitesides, PhD 1964; Dan David Prize winner; Kyoto Prize laureate; King Faisal International Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Edgar Bright Wilson, PhD 1933; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Saul Winstein, PhD 1938; National Medal of Science recipient
  • K. Dane Wittrup, PhD 1988
  • Peter T. Wolczanski, PhD 1981
  • Mark S. Wrighton, PhD 1972; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • Oliver R. Wulf, PhD 1926
  • Ajit Yoganathan, PhD 1978; Regents' Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biomedical Engineering, and director, Center for Innovative Cardiovascular Technologies, Georgia Tech; member of National Academy of Engineering; known for improvements in the biomechanics of prosthetic heart valves and the development of heart repair devices[30]
  • Yannis C. Yortsos, PhD 1979
  • Don Merlin Lee Yost, PhD 1926; faculty; former professor of chemistry at Caltech; pioneering physical chemist who worked on nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, and the microwave spectroscopy of gases, among other things; member of National Academy of Sciences[31]
  • William Gould Young, PhD 1929
  • Robert Zwanzig, PhD 1952

Biology, biological engineering, and medicineEdit

  • David Agard, PhD 1980
  • Bruce Ames, PhD 1953; Japan Prize laureate; National Medal of Science recipient; winner of Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
  • Thomas F. Anderson, BS 1932, PhD 1936
  • Utpal Banerjee, PhD 1984
  • Howard Berg, BS 1964; former faculty
  • Andrew Benson, PhD 1942
  • Steven Block, PhD 1983
  • James F. Bonner, PhD 1934; former faculty
  • C. Kevin Boyce, BS 1995; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • Frank Brink, MS 1935; former professor and President of Rockefeller University; made major contributions to the understanding of neuronal activity through his targeted research on the cycle of excitation, response, and recovery in nerve fibers; member of National Academy of Sciences[32]
  • Edward M. Callaway, PhD 1988; Audrey Geisel Chair in Biomedical Science and Professor in Systems Neurobiology Laboratories at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies; pioneered novel molecular, genetic, and viral tools for revealing the detailed structure and function of neural circuits including a method that allows the tracing of a single neuron's connections to its neighbors, particularly in the visual cortex as it relates to perception and behavior; fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences; member of National Academy of Sciences[33]
  • Louise Chow, PhD 1973
  • Thomas Clandinin, PhD 1998; Shooter Family Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University; elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[34]
  • David A. Clayton, PhD 1970; former professor at Stanford University and former Vice President for Science Development of Howard Hughes Medical Institute; known for significant research contributions to understanding of mitochondrial genes and interplay between mitochondrial genetic mutation and human genetic disease; member of National Academy of Medicine[35]
  • David P. Corey, PhD 1980; Bertarelli Professor of Translational Medical Science and director of Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering at Harvard Medical School; renowned for research into molecular and biophysical basis of sensory transduction in the inner ear, basic processes of mechanosensation in biology, leading to better understanding and treatment of hereditary deafness; Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator; fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[36]
  • Horace W. Davenport, BS 1935, PhD 1939; William Beaumont Professor Emeritus of Physiology at the University of Michigan; pioneered the study of gastroenterology and laid a foundation for more effective ulcer treatments by revealing how gastric acid works in digestion without consuming the stomach itself; member of National Academy of Sciences[37]
  • Mark M. Davis, PhD 1981; King Faisal International Prize winner; Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize winner
  • Ronald W. Davis, PhD 1970; Gruber Prize in Genetics winner
  • Sean Eddy, BS 1986
  • Michael Ehlers, BS 1991
  • Sarah Elgin, PhD 1972
  • Gerald D. Fasman, PhD 1952; Rosenfield Professor of Biochemistry, Brandeis University; major contributor to fundamental studies of protein structure-function relationships; member of National Academy of Sciences[38]
  • Edwin Furshpan, PhD 1955; Robert Henry Pfeiffer Professor of Neurobiology (Emeritus) at Harvard Medical School; member of National Academy of Sciences[39]
  • Michael Gazzaniga, PhD 1964
  • James L. Gould, BS 1970
  • Jack Griffith, PhD 1969; Kenan Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and of Biochemistry and Biophysics at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine; known for extensive work in visualizing and understanding DNA-protein interactions, particularly as they relate to cancer and other diseases; elected fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of National Academy of Sciences[40]
  • Leland H. Hartwell, BS 1961; Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine (2001) "for their discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle"; Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize winner; Lasker Award winner
  • Stephen F. Heinemann, BS 1962, former Professor of Neuroscience at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies; former President of the Society for Neuroscience; known for major contributions to study of molecular neurotransmission between synapses; member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine[41]
  • Sterling B. Hendricks, PhD 1926; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Ira Herskowitz, BS 1967; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • Leonard Herzenberg, PhD 1955; Kyoto Prize laureate
  • Steven A. Hillyard, BS 1964; Professor (Emeritus) of Neuroscience at UC San Diego School of Medicine; known for investigations in the area of human cognitive processes; leading figure in the electrophysiological study of human attention using the event-related potential technique; fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[42]
  • David Ho, BS 1974
  • David Hogness, BS 1949, PhD 1953
  • Leroy Hood, BS 1960, PhD 1968; former faculty; Kyoto Prize laureate; Russ Prize winner; Lasker Award winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Norman Horowitz, PhD 1939, former faculty
  • Clyde A. Hutchison III, PhD 1968
  • Harvey Itano, PhD 1950
  • Lily Jan, PhD 1974, Wiley Prize recipient; Gruber Prize in Neuroscience winner
  • Yuh Nung Jan, PhD 1974, Wiley Prize recipient; Gruber Prize in Neuroscience winner
  • Tan Jiazhen, PhD 1937
  • A. Dale Kaiser, PhD 1955, Lasker Award winner
  • Lawrence C. Katz, PhD 1984
  • Alfred G. Knudson, BS 1944, PhD 1956, Kyoto Prize laureate; Lasker Award winner
  • Monty Krieger, PhD 1976; Whitehead Professor of Molecular Genetics at MIT; member of National Academy of Sciences[43]
  • Quynh-Thu Le, BS 1989, Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine; medical doctor known for research on the management of head and neck cancers; elected member of National Academy of Medicine[44]
  • Edward B. Lewis, PhD 1942; former faculty; Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine (1995) "for their discoveries concerning the genetic control of early embryonic development"; Lasker Award winner; Wolf Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Richard S. Lewis, PhD 1985; Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine; elected member of National Academy of Sciences for fundamental contributions to understanding of cellular store-operated calcium ion channels and connections to immunology[45]
  • Leonard Lerman, PhD 1950
  • Dan Lindsley, PhD 1952
  • Sharon R. Long, BS 1973, awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • John H. R. Maunsell, PhD 1982
  • Robert Metzenberg, PhD 1955
  • Richard D. Mooney, PhD 1991; George Barth Geller Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University; elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[46]
  • William Newsome, PhD 1979; Dan David Prize winner
  • Baldomero Olivera, PhD 1966
  • Maynard Olson, BS 1965; Gruber Prize in Genetics winner
  • Arthur Pardee, PhD 1947
  • Ardem Patapoutian, PhD 1996; Professor of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, the Scripps Research Institute; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and elected member of National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences; co-recipient of 2020 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience[47]
  • John Quackenbush, BS 1983
  • Charles M. Rice, PhD 1981; Albert Lasker award recipient (2016); co-recipient of 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus"
  • Arthur Riggs, PhD 1966, geneticist
  • Michael Rosbash, BS 1965; Shaw Prize laureate; Wiley Prize recipient; Gruber Prize in Neuroscience winner; co-recipient of 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm"
  • Gordon H. Sato, PhD 1955
  • Michael Sheetz, PhD 1972; Wiley Prize recipient; Lasker Award recipient
  • Donald C. Shreffler, PhD 1962; former professor and Chairman of Department of Genetics at Washington University, St. Louis Medical School; known for contributions to immunogenetics, paving the way for detailed studies of MHC genes; elected member of National Academy of Medicine and member of National Academy of Sciences[48]
  • Frederick J. Sigworth, BS 1974; Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University School of Medicine; member of National Academy of Sciences[49]
  • Folke K. Skoog, BS 1932, PhD 1936; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Charles M. Steinberg, PhD 1961
  • Howard M. Temin, PhD 1959; co-recipient of 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the interaction between tumour viruses and the genetic material of the cell"; Lasker Award winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Doris Tsao, BS 1996; Professor of Biology at Caltech; MacArthur fellow
  • Albert Tyler, PhD 1929; former faculty
  • Sue VandeWoude, BS 1982; Professor of Comparative Medicine and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University; leading animal virologist and veterinarian; elected member of National Academy of Sciences[50]
  • David C. Van Essen, BS 1967; former faculty; Alumni Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroscience; founding chair of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping; former President of the Society for Neuroscience; elected member of National Academy of Sciences[51]
  • Christopher Voigt, PhD 2002
  • Sam Wang, BS 1986
  • Ned Wingreen, BS 1984

Mathematics and computer scienceEdit

Engineering and applied scienceEdit

  • Rohan Abeyaratne, PhD 1979
  • Allan Acosta BS 1945, PhD 1952; former faculty; engineer; Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech
  • Mihran S. Agbabian, MS 1948; Professor Emeritus of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) and President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia; member of National Academy of Engineering; known for fundamental contributions to the application of advanced methods of applied mechanics to structural design, and contributions to the field of structural response to blast and shock and the reduction of seismic hazards to existing structures[54]
  • George E. Apostolakis, PhD 1973, engineer; Korea Electric Power Corporation Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Professor of Engineering Systems Emeritus, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; former Commissioner of Nuclear Regulatory Commission; known for innovations in the theory and practice of probabilistic risk assessment and risk management, particularly with regards to nuclear safety; member of National Academy of Engineering[55]
  • Irving L. Ashkenas, BS, MS 1939; distinguished aerospace engineer and cofounder of Systems Technology, Inc.; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for leadership in flying qualities theory and practice, and for contributions to flight control systems and aerospace vehicle system design[56]
  • Mary Baker, PhD 1972; Chairman and President of ATA Engineering Inc.; elected member of National Academy of Engineering for computer simulation methods for structural mechanics problems and engineering leadership[57][58]
  • William F. Ballhaus, Sr., PhD 1947
  • Michael I. Baskes, BS 1965, PhD 1970; member of National Academy of Engineering; materials engineer known for contributions to the embedded atom method for predicting the structure and properties of metals and alloys[59]
  • Robert L. Behnken, PhD 1997, NASA astronaut, flew on STS-123
  • Jacobo Bielak, PhD 1971
  • Maurice Anthony Biot, PhD 1932
  • Pratim Biswas, PhD 1985
  • Frank Borman, MS 1957; NASA astronaut, commanded Gemini 7 and Apollo 8 space missions
  • Robert W. Bower, PhD 1973
  • James E. Broadwell, MS 1944; research scientist in aeronautical engineering; elected member of National Academy of Engineering for contributions to the understanding and management of turbulent mixing with application to chemical laser design[60]
  • Norman H. Brooks, PhD 1954; former faculty; James Irvine Professor of Environmental and Civil Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech; member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering; expert in hydraulic engineering, environmental fluid mechanics, and water resources and technology[61]
  • Arthur E. Bryson, PhD 1951
  • Sébastien Candel, PhD 1972
  • Brian J. Cantwell, PhD 1976; Edward C. Wells Professor of Engineering (Aeronautics and Astronautics) at Stanford University; member of National Academy of Engineering; known for studies of the space-time structure of turbulent flows and for the development of fast-burning fuels for hybrid propulsion[62]
  • Gregory Chamitoff, MS 1985; NASA astronaut, flew on STS-124 and stayed on Expedition 17 on the International Space Station
  • Dean Roden Chapman, BS 1944, PhD 1948
  • Uma Chowdhry, MS 1970
  • Slobodan Ćuk, PhD 1977; inventor of Ćuk switched-mode DC-to-DC voltage converter; former professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech
  • Francis H. Clauser, BS 1934, PhD 1937; former faculty; Clark Blanchard Millikan Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech; pioneer in the study of boundary layer theory, turbulent flows, guided missiles, spacecraft, magnetohydrodynamics, and partial differential equations; member of National Academy of Engineering[63]
  • Ray W. Clough, MS 1943; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Julian Cole, PhD 1949; former faculty
  • Donald E. Coles, PhD 1953; former faculty; Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus at Caltech; contributed to study of supersonic and turbulent boundary layer flows, Couette flows, and fluid flow instrumentation design; member of National Academy of Engineering[64]
  • Robert Conn, PhD 1968; President of the Kavli Foundation and Zable Professor and Dean, Emeritus, of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego; leading researcher in plasma physics, fusion energy, energy policy and materials science; member of National Academy of Engineering and recipient of E.O. Lawrence award from Department of Energy[65]
  • Stanley Corrsin, PhD 1947
  • John Dabiri, PhD 2005, Centennial Chair Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at Caltech; awarded MacArthur Fellowship
  • James Wallace Daily, PhD 1945, Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering Emeritus, at University of Michigan; former professor at MIT; known for contributions to fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering, especially in the areas of cavitation, hydraulic machinery, the flow of suspensions, and the design of fluid-mechanics laboratories; member of National Academy of Engineering[66]
  • Raffaello D'Andrea, MS, PhD 1997
  • Frank W. Davis, BS 1936; engineer, test pilot, and executive with Convair and General Dynamics; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for design, development, and testing of supersonic aircraft and missile systems[67]
  • Satish Dhawan, PhD 1951
  • Paul Dimotakis, BS 1968, PhD 1973; faculty; John K. Northrop Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Applied Physics at Caltech and senior research scientist at JPL; former chief technologist at JPL; known for contributions to the fluid mechanics of jet propulsion and other processes involving turbulence, mixing, and transport; member of National Academy of Engineering[68]
  • James Duderstadt, PhD 1967, National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient
  • Regina E. Dugan, PhD 1993, 19th Director of DARPA, first female director
  • Dean B. Edwards, PhD 1977; Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Emeritus at University of Idaho; noted researcher in electric vehicle battery research; elected member of National Academy of Inventors
  • Charles Elachi, PhD 1971, former faculty
  • Nader Engheta, PhD 1982
  • Richard G. Folsom, BS 1928, PhD 1933
  • C. Gordon Fullerton, BS 1957, MS 1958, Space Shuttle astronaut and test pilot
  • Yuan-Cheng Fung, PhD 1948; Russ Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Morteza Gharib, PhD 1983; faculty; Vice Provost for Research and Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering at Caltech
  • Edward Gibson, MS 1960, PhD 1964, NASA astronaut, flew on Skylab 4
  • Roy W. Gould, BS 1949, PhD 1956, former faculty; Simon Ramo Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech; made several important contributions to field of plasma physics; member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering[69]
  • Meredith Gourdine, PhD 1960
  • Wallace D. Hayes, PhD 1947
  • R. Richard Heppe, A.Eng (Degree of Aeronautical Engineer) 1947; retired vice president at Lockheed Corporation; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for significant contributions to aerodynamics, design, and disciplined technical management of numerous military and commercial aircraft developments[70]
  • George W Housner, PhD 1941; former faculty; Carl F Braun Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Tsien Hsue-shen, PhD 1939, "father of China's rocket program"
  • Donald Hudson BS 1938, PhD 1942, former faculty; engineer; Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Emeritus at Caltech; leader in dynamic measurements in the field of vibrations and experimental stress analysis, general analysis in structural dynamics and vibrations, and analytical and experimental methods in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology; member of National Academy of Engineering[71]
  • Arthur T. Ippen, PhD 1936
  • Wilfred D. Iwan, BS 1957, PhD 1961, former faculty; Professor of Applied Mechanics, Emeritus at Caltech; major contributor to theory of vibrations, modeling of structural systems, nonlinear system identification, machinery dynamics and vibration, earthquake response of structures, earthquake response of nonstructural components, engineering seismology, offshore drilling, and public policy for earthquake risk mitigation; member of National Academy of Engineering[72]
  • Ali Jadbabaie, PhD 2000
  • Sudhir K. Jain, PhD 1983
  • Paul C. Jennings, PhD 1963, former faculty; Professor of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Emeritus at Caltech; authority on earthquake engineering and dynamics of structures, including high-rise buildings, offshore drilling towers, and nuclear power plants; member of National Academy of Engineering and fellow of American Academy of Arts and Science[73]
  • William L Johnson, PhD 1975, faculty; Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech; made major contributions to study of bulk metallic glasses; member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering[74]
  • Ann Karagozian, PhD 1982, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); recognized for important research contributions to combustion and propulsion as well as education and service to profession; elected member of National Academy of Engineering[75]
  • Joseph Katz, PhD 1982
  • Leon Keer; BS 1956, MS 1958, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil Engineering at Northwestern University; known for research on application of elasticity to design problems involving contact and fracture; member of National Academy of Engineering[76]
  • Jack Kerrebrock, PhD 1956, Richard Cockburn Maclaurin Professor Emeritus, former head of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, and former Dean of School of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; known for work on nuclear rockets, space propulsion and power, magneto hydrodynamic generators, and fluid mechanics of turbomachinery for aircraft engines; member of National Academy of Engineering[77]
  • Wolfgang G. Knauss, BS 1958, PhD 1963; former faculty; Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, Emeritus at Caltech; world leading researcher in fracture mechanics and engineering work on time-dependent fracture of polymers, at interfaces and under dynamic loading; member of National Academy of Engineering (USA) and Russian Academy of Engineering[78]
  • Thomas L. Koch, PhD 1982, Dean of the College of Optical Sciences and Professor of Optical Sciences and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona; former senior researcher at Bell Labs; known for contributions to optoelectronic technologies and their implementation in optical communications systems, exploring the fundamental performance limits of lasers used for telecommunications, and for the design and demonstration of semiconductor photonic integrated circuits; member of National Academy of Engineering, fellow of IEEE, and fellow of OSA[79]
  • Petros Koumoutsakos, PhD 1993, Professor and Chair of Computational Science at ETH Zurich, Switzerland; known for important contributions to computational methods and simulations for fluid mechanics, nanotechnology, and biology; elected member of US National Academy of Engineering[80]
  • Mark Kryder, PhD 1970
  • Thomas F. Kuech, PhD 1981, Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker and Beckwith-Bascom Professor and Chair, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison; member of National Academy of Engineering; known for contributions to chemical vapor deposition of compound semiconductors[81]
  • Mark Kushner, PhD 1979; George I Haddad Collegiate Professor of Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for contributions to low-temperature plasmas for semiconductors, optics, and thin-film manufacturing[82]
  • Stelios Kyriakides, PhD 1980; Cockrell Family Chair Professor in Engineering, University of Texas-Austin; known for contributions to micro- and macro- mechanical behavior of solids, particularly understanding of propagating instability phenomena in structures and materials and its use for technological applications; member of National Academy of Engineering[83]
  • Sidney Leibovich, BS 1961, Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University; known for seminal contributions to theory and application of stability, wave propagation, vortices, and the ocean surface layer; member of National Academy of Engineering; fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[84]
  • Anthony E. Leonard, BS 1959, PhD 1963, former faculty; Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus at Caltech; known for contributions to simulation of turbulence, new vortex methods of flow simulation, and understanding of flow-induced vibration; member of National Academy of Engineering[85]
  • Yiannis Levendis, PhD 1987; Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University; elected member of National Academy of Inventors; expert in fuel combustion and pollution analysis
  • Fei-Fei Li, PhD 2005
  • York Liao, BS 1967
  • Chia-Chiao Lin, PhD 1944
  • Amable Liñán, A.Eng (Degree of Aeronautical Engineer) 1963
  • Fred Lindvall, PhD 1928, former faculty; Professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech and Chair of Division of Engineering & Applied Science; President of Sigma Xi; President of American Society for Engineering Education; member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering; fellow of ASME and fellow of IEEE; known for research and development of equipment for transportation and underwater ordinance[86]
  • David Luenberger, BS 1959
  • Paul MacCready, PhD 1952, father of human-powered flight; invented the Gossamer Condor and the Gossamer Albatross
  • Artur Mager, PhD 1953; prominent aerospace executive and former president of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for contributions in turbulent flow aerodynamics and engineering leadership to space and missile programs[87]
  • Frank Malina, PhD 1940
  • Frank E. Marble, PhD 1948, former faculty; Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Jet Propulsion, Emeritus at Caltech
  • Max Mathews, BS 1950
  • Frank A. McClintock, PhD 1950
  • Robert McEliece, BS 1964, PhD 1967, former faculty; Allen E. Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus at Caltech
  • Duane T. McRuer, BS 1945, MS 1948; distinguished aerospace engineer, executive, and co-founder of Systems Technology, Inc.; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for pioneering application of guidance and control theory and to experimental man-machine interactions[88]
  • Carver Mead, BS 1956, PhD 1959; former faculty; Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus at Caltech; National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient
  • Chiang C. Mei, PhD 1963
  • John W. Miles, BS 1942, PhD 1944
  • Richard Miller, PhD 1976, President of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Clark Blanchard Millikan, PhD 1928, former faculty
  • William W. Moore, BS, MS, 1934; distinguished civil and geotechnical engineer who co-founded prominent consulting engineering firm Dames & Moore; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for pioneering contributions in the field of geotechnical engineering and to knowledge of earth sciences and soil engineering[89]
  • Richard S. Muller, PhD 1962
  • Richard M. Murray, BS 1985, engineer; Thomas and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering at Caltech; known for contributions in control theory and networked control systems with applications to aerospace engineering, robotics, autonomy, and biological circuits; member of National Academy of Engineering[90]
  • Roddam Narasimha, PhD 1961
  • Bernard M. Oliver, PhD 1940, National Medal of Science recipient
  • James F. Pankow, PhD 1979
  • William Hayward Pickering, BS 1932, PhD 1936; former faculty; Japan Prize laureate; National Medal of Science recipient
  • John R. Pierce, BS 1933, PhD 1936, former faculty; Japan Prize laureate; Charles Stark Draper Prize winner; National Medal of Science recipient
  • Andrea Prosperetti, PhD 1974
  • Allen E. Puckett, PhD 1949, contributed greatly to the delta-winged airplane, the guided missile, and the communications satellite; Chairman and CEO of Hughes Aircraft who helped develop its predominance in radar systems and defense electronics during his career; past president of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; elected member of National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences; won Lawrence Sperry award of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient[91]
  • Simon Ramo, PhD 1936, co-founder of TRW; developed ICBMs; National Medal of Science recipient; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
  • W. Duncan Rannie, PhD 1951; former faculty; Robert H. Goddard Professor of Jet Propulsion, Emeritus at Caltech; known for contributions to three-dimensional flow, stall and distortion in turbomachinery and to turbulent heat transfer; member of National Academy of Engineering[92]
  • Gabriel M. Rebeiz, PhD 1988
  • Garrett Reisman, MS 1992, PhD 1997, NASA astronaut, flew on STS-123 and was part of expedition 16 on the International Space Station; returned to Earth on STS-124
  • Eli Reshotko, PhD 1960; Kent H. Smith Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for contributions to the understanding of transition to turbulence in high-speed flows and non-homogeneous flows[93]
  • Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, MS 1965
  • Harold Rosen, MS 1948, PhD 1951, developer of Syncom family of communication satellites; winner of National Medal of Technology 1985
  • Anatol Roshko, PhD 1952, Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus at Caltech; former faculty
  • Darrell G. Schlom, BS 1984, Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry at Cornell University; known for molecular-beam epitaxy "materials-by-design" of complex oxides impacting the integration of high dielectric oxides in semiconductor devices; elected member of National Academy of Engineering
  • Harris M. Schurmeier, BS, MS, A.Eng (Degree of Aeronautical Engineer) 1949; recipient of NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal; aerospace engineer who served in many leadership positions at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as project manager of several interplanetary missions; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for engineering leadership in explorations of the solar system[94]
  • Richard A. Searfoss, MS 1979, NASA astronaut, flew on STS-58 and STS-76, commander of STS-90
  • William R. Sears, PhD 1938
  • Ernest Edwin Sechler, BS 1928, PhD 1933, former faculty
  • Ozires Silva, MS 1966
  • Edward E. Simmons, BS 1934, MS 1936
  • George E. Solomon, PhD 1952; prominent aeronautical engineer who rose up the ranks to become corporate executive vice president and general manager of the Electronics and Defense Sector of TRW, Inc.; elected member of National Academy of Engineering; known for contributions to the design and development of space and weapon systems[95]
  • Pol Spanos, PhD 1976, engineer; Lewis B. Ryon Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering at Rice University; known for pioneering research into the development of methods of predicting the dynamic behavior and reliability of structural systems in diverse loading environments; research has studied statics, dynamics, and vibrations of systems for aerospace, biomedical, forensic, marine, petroleum, seismic, and structural engineering applications; member of National Academy of Engineering; fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences[96]
  • Adam Steltzner, MS 1991
  • David W. Thompson, MS 1978, National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient
  • Stephen Trimberger, BS 1977, PhD 1983
  • Milton Van Dyke, PhD 1949
  • Vito Vanoni, BS 1926, PhD 1940, former faculty; Professor of Hydraulics, Emeritus at Caltech; world leader in study of sediment transport in streams and rivers; elected to National Academy of Engineering for leadership in developing the science of hydraulic sedimentation mechanics and applying it to construction and maintenance of engineering structures[97]
  • Ian Waitz, PhD 1991, Dean of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Forman A. Williams, PhD 1958
  • Max L. Williams, PhD 1950, former faculty; Professor of Aeronautics at Caltech; leader in fields of fracture mechanics, adhesion, solid propellant rockets; founder of International Journal of Fracture; member of National Academy of Engineering[98]
  • Victor Wouk, PhD 1942
  • Theodore Y. Wu, PhD 1952, former faculty
  • Vigor Yang, PhD 1984, William R.T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech); member of National Academy of Engineering; known for contributions to combustion physics in propulsion systems and to aerospace engineering education[99]
  • Zheng Zhemin, PhD 1952
  • Theodore Zoli, MS 1989 - awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Geological, environmental, and planetary sciencesEdit

BusinessEdit

Economics, finance, and social scienceEdit

  • Robert Barro, BS 1965
  • Gary W. Cox, BS 1978, PhD 1982
  • Arthur Lupia, PhD 1991
  • Willard G. Manning, Jr., BS 1968; Professor Emeritus, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, and Department of Health Studies, Biological Science Division/Medical School - University of Chicago; elected member of National Academy of Medicine; distinguished researcher in field of health insurance research and healthcare economics[108]
  • Robert C. Merton, MS 1967; recipient of Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (aka Nobel Prize in Economics) (1997) "for a new method to determine the value of derivatives"
  • Roger Noll, BS 1962
  • Thomas Palfrey, PhD 1981; Flintridge Professor of Economics and Political Science at Caltech
  • Stephen Ross, BS 1965
  • Mark Satterthwaite, BS 1967
  • Vernon L. Smith, BS 1949; recipient of Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (aka Nobel Prize in Economics) (2002) "for having established laboratory experiments as a tool in empirical economic analysis, especially in the study of alternative market mechanisms"
  • Barry Weingast, PhD 1978

Government and politicsEdit

Other fieldsEdit

Notable facultyEdit

Members of the faculty are listed under the name of the academic division to which they belong.

Physics, mathematics, and astronomyEdit

Chemistry and chemical engineeringEdit

Biology and biological engineeringEdit

Engineering and applied scienceEdit

Geological and planetary sciencesEdit

Humanities and social sciencesEdit

See alsoEdit

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