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  • Sophie Flack
    Sophie Flack is a performance and visual artist, author and former dancer with the New York City Ballet. Flack was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, the daughter of Fran Forman, an artist, and Robert...
  • Dr. DeWitt Stetten, Jr. (1909 - 1990)
    A.B. Harvard University in 1930, MD Columbia, 1934 and PD 1940. In 1941 her married Marjorie Roloff. They both held positions in the National Institutes of Health. She died in 1983 and he remarried...
  • Mary Elizabeth Shellabarger (1897 - 1967)
    SHELLABARGER, M. Elizabeth (Miss) born in Moffat, Colorado, 1879, daughter of Adam and Abigail Wales Shellabarger (Colorado pioneers). Graduate nurse. B. S. Columbia University, 1929. At present making...
  • Dr. DeWitt Stetten, MD (1881 - 1951)
    Who's Who in American Jewry (938-1939) p. 1044. His obtuary, New York Times, November 11, 1951, p, 91, with photograph. Dr DeWitt Stetten was born in 1881 and died in 1951. Me was married twice: 1....
  • Horst L. Störmer, Nobel Prize in Physics 1998
    Horst Ludwig Störmer (born April 6, 1949) is a German physicist, Nobel laureate and emeritus professor at Columbia University. He was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with Daniel ...

Columbia University

Columbia University in the City of New York, commonly referred to as Columbia University, is an American private Ivy League research university located in New York City, New York, United States. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. Today the university operates seven Columbia Global Centers overseas in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Paris, Mumbai, Santiago and Nairobi.

The university was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain. After the American Revolutionary War, King's College briefly became a state entity, and was renamed Columbia College in 1784. The University now operates under a 1787 charter that places the institution under a private board of trustees, and in 1896 it was further renamed Columbia University. That same year, the university's campus was moved from Madison Avenue to its location in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, where it occupies more than six city blocks, or 32 acres (0.13 km2). The university encompasses twenty schools and is affiliated with numerous institutions, including Teachers College, Barnard College, and the Union Theological Seminary, with joint undergraduate programs available through the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as well as the Juilliard School.

Columbia annually administers the Pulitzer Prize and has been affiliated with more Nobel Prize laureates than any other academic institution in the world. The university is one of the fourteen founding members of the Association of American Universities, and was the first school in the United States to grant the M.D. degree. Notable alumni of the university include nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court; 20 living billionaires; 25 Academy Award winners; and 29 heads of state, including three United States Presidents.

List of Columbia University people



  • Samuel Johnson
  • Myles Cooper (1763-1775)
  • Benjamin Moore (1775-1776)
  • George Clinton (Chancellor, 1784-1787)
  • William Samuel Johnson (1787-1800)
  • Charles Henry Wharton (1801)
  • Benjamin Moore (1801-1810)
  • William Harris (1811-1829)
  • William Alexander Duer (1829-1842)
  • Nathaniel Fish Moore (1842-1849)
  • Charles King (1849-1864)
  • Frederick A. P. Barnard (1864-1889)
  • Seth Low (1890-1901)
  • Nicholas Murray Butler (1902-1945)
  • Frank D. Fackenthal (1945-1948)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1948-1953)
  • Grayson L. Kirk (1953-1968)
  • Andrew W. Cordier (1968-1970)
  • William J. McGill (1970-1980)
  • Michael I. Sovern (1980-1993)
  • George Erik Rupp (1993-2002)
  • Lee C. Bollinger (2002-present)