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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

World-renowned scientific and technical university, founded 1854. German-language name Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich; often referred to as ETH Zürich.

Location:
Zurich, Switzerland

Founding Date:
1854

Enrollment:
15,000

Official Website:
http://www.ethz.ch/

STUDENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Werner Arber
Scientist
3-Jun-1929   Restriction enzymes (DNA cleavage)
J. Georg Bednorz
Physicist
16-May-1950   High-temperature superconductivity
Erich Bloch
Business
9-Jan-1925   Director of NSF, 1984-90
Felix Bloch
Physicist
23-Oct-1905 10-Sep-1983 Nuclear magnetic resonance
Santiago Calatrava
Architect
28-Jul-1951   Designer of new WTC transit station
Aart J. de Geus
Business
c. 1954   CEO of Synopsys
Martin Deutsch
Physicist
29-Jun-1917 16-Aug-2002 Discovered positronium
Albert Einstein
Physicist
14-Mar-1879 18-Apr-1955 Theory of relativity
Richard R. Ernst
Chemist
14-Aug-1933   NMR spectroscopy
George Finch
Chemist
4-Aug-1888 22-Nov-1970 Oxygen for mountain climbing
Max Frisch
Novelist
15-May-1911 4-Apr-1991 Homo Faber
Roy J. Glauber
Physicist
1-Sep-1925   Quantum optics
Charles Édouard Guillaume
Physicist
15-Feb-1861 13-Jun-1938 Invented alloys Invar and Elinvar
Fritz Haber
Chemist
9-Dec-1868 29-Jan-1934 Synthesized ammonia, chemical warfare
Richard F. Heck
Chemist
1931   Palladium-catalyzed cross couplings
George de Hevesy
Chemist
1-Aug-1885 5-Jul-1966 Radioisotope researcher
Nicholas J. Hoff
Engineer
3-Jan-1906 4-Aug-1997 Aluminum in aircraft design
Erich Hunziker
Business
15-Sep-1953   CFO of Roche Group
H. Gobind Khorana
Scientist
9-Jan-1922 9-Nov-2011 RNA's role in protein synthesis
Karl von Linde
Engineer
11-Jun-1842 16-Nov-1934 Inventor of refrigeration
K. Alex Müller
Physicist
20-Apr-1927   High-temperature superconductivity
Lars Onsager
Chemist
27-Nov-1903 5-Oct-1976 Fourth Law of Thermodynamics
Auguste Piccard
Physicist
28-Jan-1884 24-Mar-1962 First man in the stratosphere
Jean Piccard
Aviator
28-Jan-1884 28-Jan-1963 Extreme balloonist
Karl L. Rankin
Diplomat
4-Sep-1898 15-Jan-1991 US Ambassador to Taiwan, 1950-57
Tadeus Reichstein
Scientist
20-Jul-1897 1-Aug-1996 Adrenocortical hormones
Heinrich Rohrer
Physicist
6-Jun-1933 16-May-2013 Co-Inventor, scanning tunneling microscope
Klaus Schwab
Economist
30-Mar-1938   Founder, World Economic Forum
John von Neumann
Mathematician
28-Dec-1903 8-Feb-1957 Computing pioneer, inventor of Game Theory
Niklaus Wirth
Computer Programmer
15-Feb-1934   Inventor of Pascal, Modula-2
Fritz Zwicky
Astronomer
14-Feb-1898 8-Feb-1974 Astrophysicist at CalTech

TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jacob Burckhardt
Historian
25-May-1818 8-Aug-1897 The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
Rudolf Clausius
Physicist
2-Jan-1822 24-Aug-1888 Second Law of Thermodynamics
Peter Debye
Physicist
24-Mar-1884 2-Nov-1966 Studied molecular structure, dipoles
Richard Dedekind
Mathematician
6-Oct-1831 12-Feb-1916 Developed theory of irrational numbers
Albert Einstein
Physicist
14-Mar-1879 18-Apr-1955 Theory of relativity
Richard R. Ernst
Chemist
14-Aug-1933   NMR spectroscopy
Sigfried Giedion
Critic
14-Apr-1888 10-Apr-1968 Space, Time and Architecture
Richard Kuhn
Chemist
3-Dec-1900 1-Aug-1967 Carotenoids, and vitamins B2 and B6
Hermann Minkowski
Mathematician
22-Jun-1864 12-Jan-1909 Minkowski space
Wolfgang Pauli
Physicist
25-Apr-1900 15-Dec-1958 Pauli Exclusion Principle
Auguste Piccard
Physicist
28-Jan-1884 24-Mar-1962 First man in the stratosphere
Vladimir Prelog
Chemist
23-Jul-1906 7-Jan-1998 Stereochemistry of enzyme-catalysts
Tadeus Reichstein
Scientist
20-Jul-1897 1-Aug-1996 Adrenocortical hormones
Franz Reuleaux
Mathematician
30-Sep-1829 20-Aug-1905 Father of modern kinematics
Leopold Ruzicka
Chemist
13-Sep-1887 26-Sep-1976 Terpenes and hormones
Hermann Staudinger
Chemist
23-Mar-1881 8-Sep-1965 Macromolecular chemistry
Otto Stern
Physicist
17-Feb-1888 17-Aug-1969 Molecular beam experiment
Richard Willstätter
Chemist
13-Aug-1872 3-Aug-1942 Plant pigments
Niklaus Wirth
Computer Programmer
15-Feb-1934   Inventor of Pascal, Modula-2
Kurt Wüthrich
Chemist
4-Oct-1938   Magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Fritz Zwicky
Astronomer
14-Feb-1898 8-Feb-1974 Astrophysicist at CalTech


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