Johns Hopkins University
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Johns Hopkins University

University in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

Johns Hopkins was designed from its origin to contribute to the cutting edge of scientific discovery. With time, this goal has been fully achieved, leading to the top-tier research institution that the university is today. The school is named after its founding benefactor, the entrepreneur and philanthropist Johns Hopkins, who contributed $7 million (approximately $145 million in today’s money) to create both the university and an associated hospital.

The educational philosophy of Hopkins (who had also been a noted abolitionist) and the university’s first president, the distinguished educator Daniel Coit Gilman, was heavily influenced by the model of the recently established German research universities, especially Heidelberg University, which had pioneered the concept of an arts and sciences graduate school analogous to the traditional professional schools for divinity, law, and medicine. For this reason, Johns Hopkins is often referred to as the first “research university” in the United States.

In particular, the school’s continuing emphasis on medical research and training (which has been present from the very beginning) has resulted today in one of the most highly regarded medical schools in the world. Not coincidentally, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is also the recipient of the largest amount of federal largesse in the form of research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The same thing is also true of the institution as a whole: Johns Hopkins receives more federal research funding than any other university in the country. As a result, the university comprises an entire array of top-tier schools, colleges, institutes, and laboratories. Among these we may mention:

  • Peabody Institute
  • Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
  • Whiting School of Engineering
  • School of Nursing
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • Carey Business School

Among Johns Hopkins’s numerous notable alumni are the following:

  • Pioneering geneticist, T.H. Morgan
  • Pragmatist philosopher and influential educator, John Dewey
  • 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson
  • American avant-garde novelists Gertrude Stein & John Barth
  • Psychologist and founder of behaviorism, John B. Watson
  • Influential environmentalist and author, Rachel Carson
  • Innovative heart surgeon, Denton Cooley
  • Distinguished obstetrician, Virginia Apgar
  • Influential horror film director, Wes Craven
  • Singer and pop star, Madonna (Madonna Ciccone)
  • Former US ambassador and Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright
  • Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former New York City–mayor, Michael Bloomberg
  • Entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate, Andrew Yang

Altogether, some 29 Johns Hopkins–connected alumni and faculty have been recipients of the Noble Prize.


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3400 N Charles St, Baltimore MD 21218-2688

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Religious Studies
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Influential People

Who are Johns Hopkins University's Most influential alumni?

Johns Hopkins University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Medical, Nursing, and Biology. Johns Hopkins University’s most academically influential people include John Dewey, Thomas Hunt Morgan, and Rachel Carson.

John Dewey
John Dewey

American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer

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Thomas Hunt Morgan
Thomas Hunt Morgan

American biologist

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Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson

American marine biologist and conservationist

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Thorstein Veblen
Thorstein Veblen

American academic

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Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein

American writer and poet

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John Archibald Wheeler
John Archibald Wheeler

American physicist

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G. Stanley Hall
G. Stanley Hall

American psychologist

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Wilder Penfield
Wilder Penfield

Canadian neurosurgeon, college football player and coach

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Charles E. Saunders

Canadian biologist

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Marcel Roche
Marcel Roche

Venezuelan physician

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Hamilton Smith
Hamilton Smith

American biologist

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John Barth
John Barth

American writer

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