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Recognition of Current and Past Faculty

Washington University’s faculty are distinguished both for their teaching and for their research and creative activities. Virtually all of the full-time teaching faculty hold the doctorate or final professional degree in their fields, and the same professors often teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Twenty-three Nobel laureates have been associated with Washington University, nine doing the major part of their pioneering research here.

Faculty have received many honors, including major literary prizes; national and international fellowships; major awards for teaching, research and service; and honors from governments of other nations. Current faculty serve on editorial boards of more than 250 professional and scholarly journals. Instructional faculty in all schools totals 3,415 — including both full-time and adjunct faculty..

  • Pulitzer Prize — 3
  • Poet Laureate of the United States — 2
  • National Book Award — 2
  • National Book Critics Circle Awards — 4
  • National Medal of Science — 12
  • National Medal of Arts — 2
  • National Academy of Sciences— 34
  • Institute of Medicine — 36
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering — 10
  • National Academy of Engineering — 4
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science — 81
  • American Association for the Advancement of Medicine — 2
  • American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters — 3
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences — 39
  • American Philosophical Society — 3
  • MacArthur Prize Fellowships — 4
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships in Science and Engineering — 5
  • American Institute of Architects — 8
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers — 22
  • American Law Institute — 16

Past faculty includes emeritus faculty, those who are no longer at Washington University and those who are deceased.

Nobel laureates — 23 [includes both faculty and alumni]; 9 did the major part of their pioneering research here, including 2 current faculty:

  • 1 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
  • 1 Nobel Prize in Chemistry