1961

Rice trustees tap Kenneth Sanborn Pitzer as the university's 3rd president. An acclaimed professor of chemistry, director of research for the Atomic Energy Commission and dean of the College of Chemistry at Berkeley, Pitzer outlines an ambitious vision to move Rice to the next level of academic excellence. He increases the size of matriculating undergraduate classes, doubles the graduate students to 800 and increases the number of graduate fellowships. Believing that a university's reputation rests on its faculty, he seeks outstanding teachers who are eminent researchers in their fields. He also plans new buildings and proposes a professional school of business administration. During his tenure he continues his own research projects, which for years have made significant contributions to thermodynamics and quantum chemistry.

 

President Pitzer
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