Brandeis University was founded in suburban Boston in 1948. Its founders intended to provide a top-rank research university that would be friendly to Jewish students and faculty—at a time when the American Ivy League schools all restricted the number of their Jewish students according to a strict quota system.
The circumstances of Brandeis’s founding are unusual and rather complicated.
In 1914, the Middlesex College of Medicine and Surgery was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Later, it moved to Waltham and changed its name to Middlesex University.
By the end of World War II, Middlesex University was the only university in the US that did not have a Jewish quota. Unfortunately, it was struggling financially and was on the point of having to close its doors, which it finally did in 1947.
At the same time, the American-born rabbi and fervent Zionist, Israel Goldstein, was putting together a group of backers to launch a new research university in America which–while secular in its curriculum and open to all–would take as its special mission the education of the best and the brightest Jewish students, thus circumventing the Ivy League quota system.
Goldstein undertook a massive publicity campaign, for which he enlisted the help of the world-renowned physicist, Albert Einstein, among many others. (Einstein later resigned from the project.)
After long negotiations, Goldstein’s group was able to purchase the land and physical plant belonging to Middlesex University, which had by then shut its doors. Since there was no other continuity between the two schools–in students, in faculty, or in administration–Middlesex is not considered to be the official predecessor of Brandeis.
Goldstein and his associates named the new university after US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish member of that body.
Brandeis is associated with three Nobel laureates:
as well as the Turing Award winner,
and the Fields Medalists,
Other prominent Brandeis connected individuals include the following:
Brandeis University is a private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1948 as a non-sectarian, coeducational institution sponsored by the Jewish community, Brandeis was established on the site of the former Middlesex University. The university is named after Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.Source: Wikipedia
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