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University Professors are selected for internationally recognized eminence in their fields as well as for their potential for high impact across the University. Only twenty-one members of the University of Chicago faculty have received this honor. This includes Gary Stanley Becker, American Economist, Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago and the Booth School of Business, and winner of both the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1992) and the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007). Today eight faculty members hold the University Professor title. They are: 

  • Alexander A. Beilinson, David & Mary Winton Green University Professor in Mathematics (1998)
  • Wendy Freedman, the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor¬†in Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College (2014)
  • Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College (2012)
  • James Robinson, University Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy (2015)
  • Haun Saussy, University Professor of Comparative Literature and in the College (2011)
  • Dam Thanh Son, University Professor in Physics and the College (2012)
  • Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor of Composition in Music and the College (2010)
  • David E. Wellbery, LeRoy T. & Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor in Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature, Committee on Social Thought, and the College (2001)