University of Arizona
#86 Overall Influence#605 Desirability Rank

University of Arizona

Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

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By James Barham, PhD

The University of Arizona (UA) was founded in 1885, when Arizona was still a territory (it entered the Union in 1912).

Because there were no high schools in the Arizona Territory, UA also offered college-preparatory classes for the first 23 years of its existence.

Today, UA operates 19 separate schools and colleges—including the James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Arizona College of Medicine (with campuses in both Tucson and Phoenix)—in addition to numerous institutes and centers.

Among the latter, one of the most noteworthy is the cutting-edge Center for Consciousness Studies.

UA’s student body consists of approximately 46,000 souls.

Four UA-connected individuals have won the Nobel Prize, to wit:

  • Physicists, Willis Lamb, Nicolaas Bloembergen, and Brian Schmidt
  • Economist, Vernon Smith

Other prominent UA-associated persons include the following:

  • Mathematicians, Charles Newman & Vladimir Zakharov
  • Philosophers, Keith Lehrer, David Chalmers, Shaun Nichols & Jenann Ismael
  • Astronomer, Gerard P. Kuiper
  • Physicists, Daniel L. Stein & Fang Lizhi
  • Theoretical biologist, Arthur Winfree
  • X-ray crystallographer, Ralph Walter Graystone Wyckoff
  • Neuroscientist, Stuart Hameroff
  • Linguist, Noam Chomsky
  • Psychologist, Harry Harlow
  • Archaeologist, Gordon Willey
  • Novelists, Barbara Kingsolver, Richard Russo & David Foster Wallace
  • Popular singer, Linda Ronstadt
  • Actors, Don Knotts, Greg Kinnear & Gary Shandling
  • Film director, Ron Shelton
  • Film and TV producer, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • TV personalities, Geraldo Rivera & Savannah Guthrie
  • Former US Representatives, Morris K. Udall & Stewart Udall
  • Former US Senator and 1964 US Presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater
  • Former US Senators Jon Kyl, Dennis DeConcini, and Bob Dole

From Wikipedia

The University of Arizona is a public land-grant research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885 by the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature, the U of A was the first university in the Arizona Territory.

Source: Wikipedia


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1401 E University, Tucson AZ 85721-0066

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17 per 100k

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1 per 100k

What is University of Arizona known for?

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Who are University of Arizona's Most influential alumni?

University of Arizona's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Biology, Physics, and Literature. University of Arizona’s most academically influential people include Kurt Busch, Lara Brown, and Adam Rex.

Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch

American racing driver

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Lara Brown
Lara Brown

American political scientist

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Adam Rex
Adam Rex

American children's illustrator and writer

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David Dewhurst

American businessman

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James Penton

Canadian historian

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Thomas Tang

American judge

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Brackette Williams

American anthropologist

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John Kenneth Stille

American chemist

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Dan Hicks

American sportscaster

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Jeff Novitzky

American government agent

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Murray Leaf

American social and cultural anthropologist

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A. Stephen Morse

American teacher

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