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Frequently asked questions about the history of Washington University in St. Louis. Pages maintained by University Archives.

Nobel Award Winners

This pages lists Nobel Prize winners associated with Washington University in St. Louis, including alumni, as well as current and former faculty members.   

Further biographical information about these distinguished persons is linked with each name.  Names marked with an * indicates the individual did a significant portion of award-winning work while at Washington University.

As of March 2016, there are total of 25 people associated with Washington University who have received a Nobel Prize.  More information about the Prize and past winners can be found at the web site of the Nobel Foundation or by consulting the materials listed under "Additional Resources" on this page.

                                                                                                                                                                                               checked 4/17/2017

Four Washington University Nobel Prize winners.
From left: Dr. Carl Cori, Dr. Joseph Erlanger, Dr. Gerty Cori, Dr. Arthur Holly Compton (photo by Herb Weitman)

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Books and additional resources

Note - official number

The official number of Nobel Prize winners who were either faculty or graduates of Washington University is 24.  While Thomas Stearns (T.S.) Eliot did graduate from the Washington University-run preparatory school, Smith Academy, when reporting official statistics of the University he is not counted, since this was a high school diploma.