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Faculty & Staff Awards

Laureates & Fellows

  • James Batcheller Sumner (1887 - 1995) - Professor of Biochemistry (faculty 1929-1955), 1946 Nobel Peace Prize in Chemistry for crystallization the first enzyme
  • George Wells Beadle (1903 - 1989), Ph.D. '30 -Professor of Molecularly Biology and Genetics, 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the "one gene, one enzyme" hypothesis 
  • Robert W. Holley (1922 - 1993), Ph.D. '47 -Professor of Biochemistry, 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for cracking the genetic code of ribonucleic acid (RNA) 
  • Norman Ernest Borlaug (1914 - 2009) - Father of the Green Revolution, Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large 1982-88, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for improving cultivation methods to combat world hunger
  • Barbara McClintock  (1902 - 1992), B.S. '23, M.A. '25, Ph.D. '27 - World-Renowned Cytogeneticist, Professor of Genetics 1927-74, 1983 Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on mobile genetic elements. The United States Postal Service commissioned a stamp in her honor in 2005.
  • Jean-Yves Parlange,* Biological and Environmental Engineering (2006)
  • Norman R. Scott,* Biological and Environmental Engineering (1990)
  • 2003: Pedro A. Sanchez, B.S. ’62, M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’68 - Soil Science, in South America. He led a team that transformed 75 million acres of marginal land in Brazil into arable productivity, one of the largest such conversions ever
  • 1981: Barbara McClintock, B.S. ’23, M.A. ’25, Ph.D. ’27; Faculty 1927-74 - Genetics 
  • Jeremy Searle, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2020)
  • John W. Fitzpatrick, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2020)
  • Catherine Kling, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (2019)
  • Cédric Feschotte, Molecular Biology and Genetics (2019)
  • Ronnie Coffman, Global Development/International Programs (2019)
  • Corrie Moreau, Entomology (2018)
  • Karl Joseph Niklas, Plant Biology (2018)
  • Charles Walcott, Neurobiology and Behavior (2018) 
  • Martin Wiedmann, Food Science (2018) 
  • Joseph B. Yavitt, Natural Resources (2018)
  • Daniel Barbash, Molecular Biology & Genetics (2017)
  • Amanda Rodewald, Natural Resources and Lab of Ornithology (2017)
  • Christine Smart, School of Integrative Plant Science (2017)
  • Sidney Liebovich (2016)
  • Kathryn Boor, Food Science (2015)
  • Patricia Johnson, Animal Science (2013)
  • Rui Hai Liu, Food Science (2011)
  • Michael Scanlon (2009)
  • John Schimenti (2008)
  • Bruce Lewenstein (2002)
  • Harry Walter Greene, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2014)
  • Anthony P. Bretscher, Molecular Biology and Genetics (2018
  • Kenneth J. Kemphues, Molecular Biology and Genetics (2013)
  • John T. Lis, Molecular Biology and Genetics (2013)
  • Sandra L. Vehrencamp, Neurobiology and Behavior; Laboratory of Ornithology (2013)
  • Ronald Raymond Hoy, Neurobiology and Behavior (2010)
  • Stephen T. Emlen, Neurobiology and Behavior (2007)
  • Scott D. Emr, Molecular Biology and Genetics (2004)
  • Thomas D. Seeley, Neurobiology and Behavior (2001)
  • Malden C. Nesheim, Nutritional Sciences (1995)
  • Jeffrey W. Roberts, Molecular Biology and Genetics (1995)
  • Frank H. T. Rhodes, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; President Emeritus (1989)
  • Wendell L. Roelofs, Entomology, Cornell Geneva Campus (1986)
  • 1994 - Thomas Eisner 
  • 1983 - Wendell Roelofs 
  • 1976 - Efraim Racker
  • 1970 - Barbara McClintock, B.S. '23, M.A. '25, Ph.D '27, faculty 1927
  • 2002 - Dennis Gonsalves - Plant Pathology, internationally known for developing the ringspot virus-resistant papaya that saved the Hawaiian papaya industry (no longer at Cornell)
  • 1998 - Steve Tanksley - Plant Breeding & Genetics - developed the first molecular maps of rice and tomatoes. He used these genetic guides for the identification of trait locations on genes, and he was the first plant geneticist to use map-based cloning of a pest-resistance gene in a crop plant. 
  • 1977 - Wendell Roelofs - Entomology, internationally known for his pioneering research with insect pheromones