KRIEGER-EISENHOWER PROFESSORSHIP..
Established in 1993 by Zanvyl Krieger in honor of Milton S. Eisenhower

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library MILTON S. EISENHOWER, widely regarded as a leader of great vision, holds the distinction of having served two nonconsecutive terms as president of The Johns Hopkins University. After serving from 1956 to 1967--a period in which the university's income tripled and the endowment doubled--he retired and was named president emeritus. During his tenure, the medical institutions underwent major expansion and a new library and athletic center were added at Homewood. He returned to the presidency again, in 1971-72, and is credited with restoring a sense of unity to the university. The youngest brother of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Milton Eisenhower died in 1985.

 

ZANVYL KRIEGER, A&S 1928, celebrated his close friendship with the late university President Emeritus Milton S. Eisenhower by providing for the eventual creation of the Krieger-Eisenhower professorships--part of his record-setting 1992 endowment gift to the School of Arts and Sciences, which was named in his honor in 1995. Mr. Krieger changed the face of Baltimore through his efforts to revitalize the downtown area, his leadership in bringing professional sports teams back to his hometown, and his philanthropic and civic leadership. Mr. Krieger was an attorney and co-founded U.S. Surgical, which developed surgical staples and other innovations. At Hopkins, he funded the Krieger Professorship in Pediatric Ophthalmology, made generous gifts to the Wilmer Eye Institute's Zanvyl Krieger Children's Eye Center, which was named in his honor in 1998, and created the Krieger Professorship in Children's Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Mr. Krieger died in 2000.

 

WILLIAM P. MINICOZZI II, a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, specializes in geometry and partial differential equations. In 1996, he and Tobias H. Colding of MIT proved the polynomial growth conjecture that had been speculated since the 1970s. More recently, Colding and Minicozzi have proven a series of fundamental results on embedded minimal surfaces. These results have played a key role in recent progress on some long-standing problems in the field, including the resolution, by Colding and Minicozzi, of the Calabi-Yau Conjectures for embedded surfaces from the 1960s. Dr. Minicozzi, a member of the faculty since 1994 and previous holder of the J.J. Sylvester Chair in Mathematics, is a past recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship and serves as co-editor for the American Journal of Mathematics. He is co-author, with Dr. Colding, of a graduate book on minimal surfaces. Dr. Minicozzi is a professsor in the Department of Mathematics.