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Jan.23, 2008

Vol. 108, No. 7


Alumni who changed America, and the world.

The top 25 most influential Princetonians ever

Published in the Jan.23, 2008, issue

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The panelists: from left, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. *97, Todd Purdum ’82, David Spergel ’82, William Russel (standing), Sean Wilentz, Elizabeth Bogan, Emily Thompson *92, and Michael Wood.

Princeton's most influential alumni

A PAW panel makes its selections

Published in the Jan.23, 2008, issue

F. Scott Fitzgerald or Thornton Wilder? Donald Rumsfeld or John Foster Dulles? Meg Whitman or Jeff Bezos? James Madison or Woodrow Wilson? Read more
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Portraits of influence

Alumni who made history

Published in the Jan.23, 2008, issue

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"The List"

From 250 to 25: the original pool of influential Princeton alumni

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The original Nassau Hall, depicted in a 1764 print.

The Fabulous Class of 71

(1771, that is)

Published in the Jan.23, 2008, issue

Consider a class of Princeton students that included a future president of the United States; a writer later hailed by critics and scholars as one of the greatest (and possibly the very greatest) American poet of his time; and a...Read more


A moment with...

Published in the Jan.23, 2008, issue

You were a prisoner of war for two years, in Italy and Germany. What was that like? It was probably the most influential experience that I had. It was not pleasant, though we were really well treated throughout. At the end it...Read more

Twelve who shaped Princeton

Scholars, writer, philanthropist, and activist--they all helped make Old Nassau what it is today.

Published in the Jan.23, 2008, issue

Woodrow Wilson 1879: Wilson made Princeton — without him, the university we know today simply would not exist. In eight tumultuous years as president he took a sleepy college (a university in name only) that was adrift and losing...Read more

From cortisone to ultimate Frisbee

Five innovations with Princeton ties

Published in the Jan.23, 2008, issue

Henry, a professor of natural philosophy, was Princeton's best-known scientist in the 19th century. Biographers argue that he discovered induction before Michael Faraday (Faraday published his finding first), created a working telegraph before Samuel Morse...Read more

Uneasy embrace

A "latecomer" reflects on a list and his relationship with Princeton

Published in the Jan.23, 2008, issue

We finally finished our assigned task, and on the chalkboard in front of us, alongside poorly erased names, were our selections for the 25 most influential alumni of Princeton University. The selection process was relatively painless. Over a...Read more
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