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Johns Hopkins University

University in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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.

From Wikipedia

The Johns Hopkins University is a private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1876, the university was named for its first benefactor, the American entrepreneur and philanthropist Johns Hopkins.

Source: Wikipedia


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0 - 30K$3,526
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3400 N Charles St, Baltimore MD 21218-2688

What is Johns Hopkins University known for?

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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 Nursing, Medical, and Biology

Walter Murch

Walter Murch

American film editor and sound designer

Segun Toyin Dawodu

Segun Toyin Dawodu

Associate Professor of Pain Medicine

R. Nicholas Burns

R. Nicholas Burns

American diplomat and academic

Brenda Schulman


John Jacob Abel

John Jacob Abel

American biochemist and pharmacologist

Park Dietz

American psychiatrist

Josef Joffe

Josef Joffe

German newspaper editor

Francis Peyton Rous

Francis Peyton Rous

American scientist

Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh Chopra

Chief Technology Officer of the United States

Thomas Milton Rivers

Thomas Milton Rivers

United States admiral

Abraham Seidenberg

Abraham Seidenberg

American mathematician

George Whipple

George Whipple

American physician and biomedical researcher