University of California, Irvine

Faculty Awards and Honors

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Notable faculty

From left to right: Nobel laureate F. Sherwood Rowland; Pulitzer Prize winner Barry Siegel; National Humanities Medal recipient Vicki Ruiz; and National Medal of Science recipient Francisco J. Ayala.

UCI faculty members are among the most influential and brilliant leaders in the world. Our professors and researchers include Nobel laureates, recipients of the National Medal of Science, and members of the most important prestigious scholarly, scientific and professional organizations.

Nobel Laureates

The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. Since 1091, the prize has been awarded every year for profound achievements that have greatly contributed to physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace.

Frederick Reines, Physics, 1995

Irwin A. Rose, Chemistry, 2004

F. Sherwood Rowland, Chemistry, 1995

National Medal of Science 

Established in 1959, the National Medal of Science is a presidential award that recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, mathematics and engineering.

Francisco J. AyalaEcology and Evolutionary Biology, 2001

R. Duncan Luce, Behavioral & Social Science, 2003

Frederick Reines, Physical Sciences, 1983

National Humanities Medal

The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities and broadened engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy and other related fields.

Vicki Ruiz, History, Chicano/Latino Studies, 2015

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize recognizes the most impactful achievements in American journalism, letters, drama and music.

John R. Miles, English, 1996

Barry Siegel, English, 2002

Templeton Prize

The Templeton Prize honors a living person who has made remarkable contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension through insight, discovery or practical works.

Francisco J. Ayala, Biological Sciences, 2010

Additional Distinctions

American Philosophical Society 5
Guggenheim 33
American Association for the Advancement of Science 144
Sloan Foundation 41
Updated May 2017