Established in 1976 by the University at its Centennial to honor Johns Hopkins alumni

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library In 1976, the university celebrated its 100th birthday with a year of parties, dinners, and parades, and a centennial symposium that brought scholars from all over the world to Hopkins. The century of achievement was also commemorated by the establishment of two Alumni Centennial Professorships in the School of Arts and Sciences.


ALEXANDER SZALAY, the Alumni Centennial Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was the first to recognize the importance of neutrino mass on the fluctuations in the universe. His research focuses on the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation. Dr. Szalay and his team have designed the archive for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to digitally map about half of the northern sky. Having joined the Hopkins faculty in 1987, Dr. Szalay is also the director of the National Virtual Observatory. He is corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Society.