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Ohio State University

Public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States
By James Barham, PhD

Ohio State University (OSU) was founded in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. Three years later, in 1873, the new school opened its doors to a small group of 24 students. In 1878, the first class of just six students graduated.

From these modest beginnings, the school grew rapidly. In recognition of the increasing demand for course offerings of wider scope, the same year that the first degrees were granted (1878) the Ohio state legislature changed the school’s name to its present form.

Over time, OSU opened five regional campuses—in the towns of Newark, Lima, Marion, Mansfield, and Wooster. Counting the Columbus flagship campus and the five satellite campuses all together, OSU’s student body today numbers more than 68,000 individuals—making the school one of the largest in the US.

Among the many distinguished persons who have been associated with OSU, we may mention the following:

  • Mathematicians, Grace Marie Bareis, Hans Julius Zassenhaus, David Goss, David A. Huffman, Henry Mann, Georgia Benkart, Vitaly Bergelson & Avner Friedman
  • Mathematics educator, Arnold Ross
  • Computer scientist, Tamal Dey
  • Philosophers, Richard Kraut, Stewart Shapiro, Neil Tennant & Tamar Rudavsky
  • Poet, Kathy Fagan
  • Children’s author, R.L. Stine
  • Actors, Patricia Heaton & Ross Butler
  • Comedian, Richard Lewis
  • Artist, Roy Lichtenstein
  • Astronomer, Sidney Van den Bergh
  • Physicists, Wallace Clement Sabine & William A. Fowler (Nobel laureate)
  • Nanoscientist, Mauro Ferrari
  • Electrical engineers, Benjamin Garver Lamme, William Littell Everitt & John Louis Moll
  • Communications and systems control theorist, Hendrik Wade Bode
  • Roboticist, Vijay Kumar
  • Chemists, Paul Florey (Nobel laureate), Malcolm H. Chisholm, Roy J. Plunkett & Leo Paquette
  • Paleoclimatologist, Lonnie Thompson
  • Biochemist, Perry A. Frey
  • Microbiologist, Thomas D. Brock
  • Pathologist, James Bloodworth, Jr.
  • Cancer researcher, Judah Folkman
  • Psychologists, Julian B. Rotter, Gary Berntson, Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Sidney L. Pressey & Mahzarin Banaji
  • Social psychologist, Claude Steele
  • Linguist, Charles F. Hockett
  • Sociologist, Paul E. Bellair
  • Political scientists, Gregory A. Caldeira, Herb Asher, Gene Sharp & Alexander Wendt
  • Legal scholar, Peter M. Shane
  • Historians, Donald Kagan & Paul Herman Buck
  • Economist, Richard H. Steckel
  • Journalist, Walt Bogdanich
  • Former Ohio Governor, John Kasich
  • Current US Representative, Jim Jordan
  • Current US Senator, Sherrod Brown
  • 19th US President, Rutherford B. Hayes

From Wikipedia

The Ohio State University, commonly Ohio State or OSU, is a public land-grant research university in Columbus, Ohio. The flagship of the University System of Ohio, it is considered a Public Ivy, and has been ranked by major institutional rankings as among the best public universities in the United States. Founded in 1870 as the state's land-grant university and the ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, Ohio State was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College and focused on various agricultural and mechanical disciplines but it developed into a comprehensive university under the direction of then-Governor and later U.S. president Rutherford B. Hayes, and in 1878 the Ohio General Assembly passed a law changing the name to "the Ohio State University" and broadening the scope of the university. Admission standards tightened and became greatly more selective throughout the 2000s and 2010s.

Source: Wikipedia


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190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus OH 43210

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Influential People

Who are Ohio State University's Most influential alumni?

Ohio State University 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Business

Thomas D. Brock

Thomas D. Brock

U.S. bacteriologist and microbiologist

Amit Sheth

Indian computer scientist, University of South Carolina

Hugo Diemer

Hugo Diemer

American mechanical engineer

Jerome Lawrence

American playwright

Robert A. Kehoe

American physician

Samuel Steward

Samuel Steward

American writer, professor, tattoo artist and pornographer

Shamkant Navathe

Computer scientist

Deven Sharma

American businessman

Donald Kagan

Donald Kagan

American historian

George T. Pack

American surgeon

George Mueller

George Mueller

NASA official

Jennifer Crusie

American writer