Twelve professors are moving to emeritus status during the next three months, after teaching a total of 375 years at the University.
MARGUERITE BROWNING, associate professor of linguistics in the Council of the Humanities and master of Wilson College, joined the faculty in 1990. Her research has focused on developing a theory about how people come to know and understand the sentence structure of their native languages. She served as director of the Program in Linguistics from 1997 to 2001.
STANLEY A. CORNGOLD, professor of German and comparative literature, is best known for his works on Franz Kafka and for his 1986 study, The Fate of the Self: German Writers and French Theory, which focused on the period between 1800 and 1950. A member of the faculty since 1966, he has been described as one of Princeton’s most influential teachers of the humanities.
German professor ROBERT EBERT, who joined the faculty in 1979, is regarded as a leading scholar of Germanic linguistics. After chairing the Program in Linguistics from 1979 to 1985, he served as chairman of the German department during a 10-year period when the department’s focus expanded from literature to visual arts, new media, and philosophy.
WALTER HINDERER, a German professor who came to Princeton in 1978, is recognized for his studies of Georg Büchner, Friedrich Schiller, and of revolution and social change in the German-language world. He taught a series of courses on issues confronting Germany in the second half of the 20th century.
PETER JEFFERY *80, the Scheide Professor of Music History, is a leading medieval musicologist who recently became known for a monograph unraveling the forgery of a letter attributed to St. Clement of Alexandria. He joined the faculty in 1994.
AUSTIN NEWTON joined the faculty in 1996 in biology and biochemical sciences, and he later became a founding member of the molecular biology department. In research related to the question of how animals get their shape, Newton’s lab has studied the bacterium Caulobacter for insights into cell polarity and cell-cycle organization and regulation.
The research of chemistry professor ROBERT A. PASCAL JR., a member of the faculty since 1982, has focused on biochemistry and physical organic chemistry, especially on the synthesis and crystallization of very large molecules. He also has been a popular lecturer in general chemistry.
MICHAEL ROTHSCHILD, William Stuart Tod Professor of Economic and Public Affairs, served as dean of the Woodrow Wilson School from 1995 to 2001 (he then remained on the faculty). During that time, the school added the master’s in public policy program for midcareer professionals; the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy; the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics; and the Center for Health and Wellbeing.
Electrical engineering professor STUART SCHWARTZ, a faculty member since 1966, served as department chairman from 1985 to 1994. His studies have focused on statistical signal processing and communication theory.
Sculptor JAMES SEAWRIGHT, professor of visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts, came to Princeton 40 years ago and directed the Program in Visual Arts for three decades. He expanded the program to include film and video, and introduced tenure and professorial ranking among program faculty.
T. LESLIE SHEAR JR. ’59 *66, professor of classical archaeology, joined the faculty in 1967 and served as field director of the American excavations in the Agora of Athens — the heart of ancient Athens — from 1968 until 1994. He taught courses on the Greek Bronze Age and directed the Program in Classical Archaeology.
YOSHIAKI SHIMIZU *75, Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology and director of the Program in East Asian Art and Archaeology, has taught Japanese art history for 25 years at Princeton while also curating major museum exhibitions.