University of Michigan
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University of Michigan

Public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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By James Barham, PhD

The flagship campuses of many of the state university systems have superb faculties and excellent academic reputations. However, setting aside Berkeley as a special case, by our criteria the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus is the most distinguished of all these many fine institutions. That is, Michigan has a strong claim to be considered (after Berkeley) the best public research university in the US.

One thing in Michigan’s favor is its sheer size (more than 46,000 students and 6,000 academic staff members) and corresponding wealth (an annual research budget of around $1.5 billion). Administratively, the university is subdivided into 17 schools and colleges offering some 600 undergraduate and graduate major programs.

Another reason for Michigan’s research prowess is its truly astonishing library, containing more than 14 million individual items, including over 220,000 serials.

Michigan has some 25 Nobel Prize laureates associated with its name. Prize-winners in physics include:

  • Wolfgang Pauli
  • Charles Townes
  • Samuel Ting
  • Donald Glaser

while Robert Shiller and Lawrence Klein were Michigan-connected Nobelists in economics. In addition, the great Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, who taught at Michigan for many years after being expelled from the USSR, was a Nobelist in literature.

Many other famous people have been connected to the University of Michigan over the years, including:

  • Clarence Darrow, the famed criminal attorney who defended Nathan Leopold, Richard Loeb, and John T Scopes
  • Claude Shannon, the father of the modern theory of information
  • Distinguished poet, W.H. Auden
  • Celebrated playwright and author of Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
  • Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary during World War II
  • Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the US
  • Distinguished stage and screen actor, James Earl Jones
  • Legendary dramatic soprano, Jessye Norman
  • Google co-founder, Larry Page
  • Lori Lightfoot, the current mayor of Chicago

From Wikipedia

The University of Michigan is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 1817 in Detroit, as the Catholepistemiad, or the University of Michigania, 20 years before the territory became a state, the university is Michigan's oldest. The school was moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto of what is now known as Central Campus. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the flagship university campus has expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with a combined area of more than spread out over Central Campus and North Campus, two satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn, and a Center in Detroit. The university is a founding member of the Association of American Universities.

Source: Wikipedia


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503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

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Who are University of Michigan's Most influential alumni?

University of Michigan's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of . University of Michigan’s most academically influential people include George Sperling, Mark Lilla, and Keith Stanovich.

George Sperling

American cognitive scientist

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Mark Lilla

Humanities scholar and essayist

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Keith Stanovich

Canadian professor of psychology

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Seymour Ginsburg

American computer scientist

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Bernard Weiner


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Marcial Losada

Chilean psychologist

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Edward Chamberlin
Edward Chamberlin

American economist

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Randolph Quirk

British linguist

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Kunle Olukotun
Kunle Olukotun

American computer scientist

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William E. Connolly

American political theorist

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Robert M. French

Cognitive scientist

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Robyn Dawes

American psychologist

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