Top 10 Most Famous Professors in History

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What does it take for one to be branded with the name of a professor? People have different perceptions about being a professor; some adore the idea while others don’t give much attention to it. To be a professor, you’ve got to have some prestigious awards in different fields, be a winner of a Nobel, subjects of books and movies as well as be a winner of Pulitzer and so on. Learn about the ten most famous professors in history.

1. Randy Pausch: He is known for disseminating knowledge on computer science in the University of Carnegie Mellon. He gained popularity because of his best known YouTube video known as The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.

2. Toni Morrison: Not only is she a professor but also an author and editor. She gained an honorary doctorate in letters from Oxford University, a Barnard Medal of Distinction from Barnard College as the highest honor ever in history as well as a Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Nobel Prize for literature.

3. Lawrence Lessig: He is another popular professor known for his academic and political quests.  He primarily dealt with copyright and related matters though he shifted his interest to political corruption. He founded the Creative Commons as well as the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

4. John Nash: A Beautiful Mind, movie, based on Nash as a subject won four academy awards. Nash is working as a mathematician and great economist on a designation of Senior Research Mathematician in Princeton. He was among those who received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for Game Work theory in the year 1994.

5. Paul Krugman: Another professor in Princeton in economics and International affairs received Nobel Prize in economics in year 2008 for his contribution to New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography.

6. Cornel West: Famous professor in philosophy along with his inclination of being an author and a civil rights activist. He made a great contribution to the post-1960s civil rights movement. He is regarded as an elder and philosophical commentator on the matrix reloaded and matrix revolutions films.

7. Stephen Hawking: Renowned professor of mathematics, and British theoretical physicist he is an honorable member of the Royal society of Arts as well a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Science.

8. Steven Pinker: Professor of psychology at Harvard. He has made it as a Pulitzer finalist twice and has been awarded honorary doctorates from New Castle, Tromso, Surrey, Tel Aviv and McGill universities.

9. Milton Friedman: Professor of economics is known for his researches in consumption analysis, monetary history and theory as well stabilization policy. He was an award winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics Sciences during the year 1976.

10. Noam Chomsky: Known to be a founder of modern linguistics. He is known as being synonymous to an anarchist, libertarian socialist and political dissident. He holds various international honorary degrees from different universities.

About Nathan and Joanna Cornett

We are a from San Diego California, currently on a mission trip in Guatemala. Nathan has worked as a youth pastor, teen center director, college advisor, and now missionary. Joanna has worked at LaBahn's Landscape for 7 years in the field, sales, and as the Vice President, she started the Hispanic ministry at Foothills Church, and has worked in youth ministry, she is now working as a missionary. We are both passionate about youth, worship, and missions.

2 responses to “Top 10 Most Famous Professors in History”

  1. Professor Plum says :

    It’s a bit silly to say “Top 10 Most Famous Professors IN HISTORY” and then go no further back in time than 1960.

    There were many, MANY famous professors before the 20th century.

    You should rename this list “Top 10 Most Famous Professors in the Last Half Century.”

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