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A Sterling Professorship is the highest academic rank at Yale University, awarded to a tenured faculty member considered one of the best in his field. Traditionally, there are only 27 at any one time, though there are currently 40. Yale redirects here. ...

The professorships are named for and funded by an approximately $10 million endowment left by John William Sterling of the Yale Class of 1864. John William Sterling (May 12, 1844 - July 5, 1918) was a philanthropist, corporate attorney, and major benefactor to Yale University. ...

The first Sterling Professor was the chemist John Johnson, who was awarded the rank in 1920.

Other past recipients include Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (Law), Wilbur Lucius Cross (English), Jaroslav Pelikan (history), Bank of Sweden Prize winner James Tobin (Economics), and C. Vann Woodward (History). William Orville Douglas (October 16, 1898 – January 19, 1980) was a United States Supreme Court Associate Justice. ... Wilbur Lucius Cross (1862 - 1948) was a U.S. educator and political figure. ... Jaroslav Jan Pelikan (17 December 1923 – 13 May 2006) was one of the worlds leading scholars in the history of Christianity and medieval intellectual history. ... The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (in Swedish Sveriges Riksbanks pris i ekonomisk vetenskap till Alfred Nobels minne), is a prize awarded each year for outstanding intellectual contributions in the field of economics. ... For the convicted Republican political operative, see James Tobin (political operative). ... Comer Vann Woodward (November 13, 1908 - December 17, 1999) was a preeminent American historian focusing primarily on the American South and race relations. ...

Among the most famous current Sterling Professors are legal scholar Bruce Ackerman, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sidney Altman, literary critic Harold Bloom, economist William Nordhaus, political scientist James C. Scott, historian of China Jonathan Spence, medieval scholar María Rosa Menocal and Head Start founder Edward Zigler. Current Sterling Professors Emeriti include political scientists Robert A. Dahl and Charles E. Lindblom, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Brion Davis, mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, historian and former Yale President Howard Lamar and architectural historian Vincent Scully. Bruce Ackerman is a famous constitutional law scholar in the United States. ... This is a list of Nobel Prize laureates in Chemistry from 1901 to the present day. ... Sidney Altman (born May 7, 1939) is a Canadian-born molecular biologist, who is currently the Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Chemistry at Yale University. ... Harold Bloom, Literary Critic Dr. Harold Bloom (born July 11, 1930) is an American professor and prominent literary and cultural critic. ... William D. Nordhaus (born May 31, 1941 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is the Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University. ... James C. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. ... Jonathan D. Spence (August 11, 1936– ) is a British-born historian, specialising in Chinese history. ... María Rosa Menocal is a renowned scholar of medieval culture and history. ... Robert Alan Dahl (b. ... Charles Edward Lindblom (b. ... Beno t Mandelbrot was the first to use a computer to plot the Mandelbrot set. ... Howard Roberts Lamar (born 1923) is a historian of the American West, and a former president of Yale University. ... Vincent Joseph Scully, Jr. ...

Yale recently awarded Sterling Professorships to María Rosa Menocal, John C. Tully, Thomas D. Pollard, Dieter Söll, David Bromwich, and David Louis Quint. María Rosa Menocal is a renowned scholar of medieval culture and history. ...

Current Sterling Professors

  • Bruce Ackerman, Law and Political Science
  • Sidney Altman, Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology and Chemistry
  • R. Howard Bloch, French
  • Harold Bloom, Humanities and English
  • Peter Preston Brooks, Comparative Literature and French
  • Mirjan Damaska, Law
  • Owen Fiss, Law
  • Richard Flavell, Immunobiology
  • Gerhard Giebisch, Physiology
  • Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Hispanic and Comparative Literature
  • Donald Kagan, Classics and History
  • Anthony Kronman, Law
  • John Langbein, Law and Legal History
  • Richard Lifton, Genetics
  • Juan Linz, Political and Social Science
  • Jerry Mashaw, Law
  • David Mayhew, Political Science
  • Giuseppe Mazzotta, Italian Language and Literature
  • Ira Mellman, Cell Biology
  • Peter Moore, Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • William Nordhaus, Economics
  • Annabel Patterson, English
  • Peter Philips, Economics
  • Frank Ruddle, Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Herbert Scarf, Economics
  • Alan Schwartz, Law
  • James C. Scott, Political Science
  • Ian Shapiro, Political Science
  • Carolyn Slayman, Genetics
  • Jonathan Spence, History
  • Joan Steitz, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Thomas Steitz, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Karl Turekian, Geology and Geophysics
  • Sherman Weissman, Genetics and Medicine
  • Edward Zigler, Child Study Center
  • María Rosa Menocal, Humanities
  • Thomas D. Pollard, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Dieter Söll, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • John C. Tully, Chemistry
  • David Bromwich, English
  • David Louis Quint, Comparative Literature

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Office of Public Affairs at Yale - News Release (777 words)
Law School professor Ruth Wedgwood of New Haven attended the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where she was invited to argue as "amicus curiae" before the tribunal in the Netherlands.
Professor Tufte teaches in the political science and computer science departments and is also a senior critic in graphic design at the School of Art.
Professor Tobin won the Nobel Prize in 1981 for his work in macroeconomics, monetary theory and policy, fiscal policy and public finance.
Michael Sterling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (366 words)
Professor Michael Sterling (born 9 February 1946) is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Birmingham.
Professor Sterling is Chairman of the Russell Group, representing the UK’s 19 leading universities, a Board Member of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), a Board Member of Advantage West Midlands (the regional RDA), a member of AWM’s Innovation and Technology Council and Chair of AWM’s Information and Communication Technology Steering Group.
Sterling also courted controversy when claiming that the then proposed £3,000 top-up fees would not be enough for Birmingham, stating that £5,000 would be more appropriate for his university.
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