Purdue University was founded in 1869 with substantial financing provided by industrialist John Purdue. Its purpose was to train students in agriculture and engineering. The school officially opened for business in 1874 and grew quickly.
By the end of the nineteenth century, Purdue had been organized into five schools: agriculture, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and pharmacy. Later, schools of education and home economics were added. An early attempt at creating a medical school was later abandoned.
In other respects, Purdue was spectacularly successful. By 1925 the university was home to the largest number of engineering students in the US. It remained the nation’s largest engineering school for the next half-century.
Today, Purdue operates four satellite campuses: in Hammond, Fort Wayne, Columbus, and Indianapolis. Overall, the Purdue system has a student body approaching 75,000 souls.
Purdue is associated with 13 Nobel Prize winners, including:
In addition, the Turing Award winning computer scientist, Alan J. Perlis, spent time here as a researcher.
Among other prominent Purdue-connected individuals, we may note the following:
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Who are Purdue University's Most influential alumni?
Purdue University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Engineering, Nursing, and Communications. Purdue University’s most academically influential people include Neil Armstrong, Martin Atalla, and David Starr Jordan.
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