Honors & Awards

Nobel Laureates

Four out of five of UCLA's faculty Nobel Laureates hail from the Division of Physical Sciences. Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has recognized the most significant achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. UCLA's Division of Physical Sciences is honored by our faculty's discoveries that have advanced the fields of physics and chemistry.



Lloyd S. ShapleyLloyd S. Shapley, 2012

For "the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design" [Nobel Foundation]

Lloyd S. Shapley, a professor emeritus of economics and mathematics at UCLA, has been awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He shares the award with Harvard University economist Alvin E. Roth.

Lloyd S. Shapley was born in 1923.

Faculty web page and UCLA Magazine profile

boyer-speakingPaul Boyer, Chemistry, 1997

For "elucidation of the enzymatic mechanism underlying the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" [Nobel Foundation]

Paul Boyer joined the UCLA faculty as a professor in chemistry and biochemistry in 1963. In 1965 he became the founding director of the Molecular Biology Institute. Boyer is currently a professor emeritus; Boyer Hall was named in his honor.

Paul Boyer was born in 1918.

Faculty web page and UCLA Magazine profile

cram-bowtieDonald Cram, Chemistry, 1987

For "development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity" [Nobel Foundation]

Donald Cram joined the UCLA faculty in 1947. It's estimated that he taught introductory chemistry to more than 12,000 undergraduate students. Cram pioneered a field of organic chemistry known as host-guest chemistry.

When he died, Cram endowed the D.J. and J.M. Cram Chair of Organic Chemistry.

Donald Cram was born in 1919, the year of UCLA's founding. He died June 27, 2001.

UCLA Magazine story and 2002, University of California In Memoriam

libby-cuWillard F. Libby, Chemistry, 1960

For "his method to use carbon-14 for age determination in archaeology, geology, geophysics, and other branches of science." [Nobel Prize Foundation]

Willard Libby was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also worked as an instructor, assistant and then associate professor. During World War II he worked on the Manhattan District Project. At the end of the war he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, but he left academia to become a member of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission from 1954 to 1959.

Libby became Professor of Chemistry at UCLA in 1959. In 1962 he became the founding director of UCLA's Space Physics Center. In 1973 he founded the Environmental Science and Engineering program.

Willard Libby was born Dec. 17, 1908 and died in 1980.

Based on an entry in 1980, University of California: In Memoriam.

julian-schwingerJulian S. Schwinger, Physics, 1965

For "fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles" [Nobel Prize Foundation]

Julian Schwinger was a professor in UCLA's department of physics from 1972 until his death in 1994. He was known as a valued colleague and an outstanding mentor to graduate students.

Julian Schwinger was born Feb. 12, 1918 and died July 16, 1994.

Based on an entry 1994, University of California: In Memoriam.