Faculty Honors

Honor Year Awarded Recipient Name UCLA Affiliation

Nobel Prize

Economic Sciences 2012 Lloyd Shapley Economics and Mathematics, joined faculty 1981
Physiology or Medicine 1998 Louis J. Ignarro Geffen School of Medicine, joined faculty 1985
Chemistry 1997 Paul Boyer Chemistry and Biochemistry, joined faculty 1963
Chemistry 1987 Donald Cram Chemistry and Biochemistry, joined faculty 1947
Physics 1965 Julian S. Schwinger Physics, joined faculty 1972
Chemistry 1960 Willard F. Libby Chemistry and Biochemistry, joined faculty 1959

Fields Medal in Mathematics

2006 Terence Tao Mathematics, joined faculty 1996

MacArthur Foundation Fellows

Neurobiologist 2012 Elissa Hallem Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, joined faculty 2011
Astrophysicist 2008 Andrea Ghez Physics and Astronomy, joined faculty 1994
Mathematician 2006 Terence Tao Mathematics, joined faculty 1996
Historian 1999 Saul Friedlander History, 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies since 1987
Linguistic Anthropologist 1998 Elinor Ochs Anthropology, joined faculty 1980s
Musicologist 1995 Susan McClary Musicology, joined faculty 1994
Sociologist 1994 Rogers Brubaker Sociology, joined faculty 1991
Anthropologist 1990 Sherry Ortner Anthropology, joined faculty 2004
Atmospheric Scientist 1986 Richard Turco Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, joined faculty 1988
Environmental Historian and Physiologist 1985 Jared Diamond Geography, joined medical faculty 1966
Historian of Religion 1985 Gregory Schopen Asian Languages and Cultures, joined faculty 1999
Theater and Opera Director 1983 Peter Sellars World Arts and Cultures

National Medal of Science

Mathematics and Computer Science 2007 Leonard Kleinrock Computer Science, joined faculty 1963
Biological Sciences 2000 Jared Diamond Geography, joined medical faculty 1966
Engineering 1996 C. Kumar Patel Physics and Astronomy, Electrical Engineering, joined faculty 1992
Biological Sciences 1994 Elizabeth Neufeld Biological Chemistry, joined faculty 1984
Chemistry 1993 Donald Cram Chemistry and Biochemistry, joined faculty 1947
Chemistry 1989 Richard Bernstein Chemistry and Biochemistry, joined faculty 1983
Physical Sciences 1970 Saul Winstein Chemistry and Biochemistry, joined faculty 1941
Physical Sciences 1966 William Rubey Geology and Geophysics, joined faculty 1960
Physical Sciences 1964 Julian Schwinger Physics, joined faculty 1972

Pritzker Prize

2005 Thom Mayne Architecture, joined faculty 1993

Pulitzer Prize

General Nonfiction 2008 Saul Friedlander History, 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies since 1987
History 2008 Daniel Walker Howe History, joined faculty 1973
General Nonfiction 1998 Jared Diamond Geography, joined medical faculty 1966

Turing Award

2012 Judea Pearl Computer Science, joined faculty 1970

California Scientist of the Year

Biological Chemistry 1999 Elizabeth Neufeld Biological Chemistry, joined faculty 1984
Physics 1978 John M. Dawson Physics, joined faculty 1973
Nuclear Medicine 1976 George Taplin Radiological Sciences, joined faculty 1947
Chemistry 1974 Donald Cram Chemistry and Biochemistry, joined faculty 1947
Chemistry 1962 Saul Winstein Chemistry and Biochemistry, joined faculty 1941

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Updated September 2015