Top 8 universities in US with the most famous professors

It’s a dream-come-true moment for every student to get admission into the university of his/her choice. You get to meet new people, make friends, hangout with them and study under the guidance of eminent personalities, mentors, and professors. You can often attend lectures by top scientists, politicians, actors, and authors, to name a few.

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Usually top personalities talk on TV shows or special programs where the cost of booking a seat is very high. Luckily, there are a few  top universities in the US where you may get a chance to listen as well as interact with top personalities often because they are or have been professors or guest lecturers there. Here is the list of top 8 universities with famous professors.

1. Yale University

Top to bottom: David Brooks, Ernest Zedillo, Tom Hanks

Founded in: 1701 

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Famous Professors:

David Brooks

Known for - Author & political and cultural commentator for The New York Times
Concerned Department - Department of Political Science

Ernesto Zedillo

Known for - Mexican economist and politician
Concerned Department - Department of Political Science

Sidney Altman

Known for - Molecular Biologist who won Noble Prize in Chemistry
Concerned Department - Department of Chemistry

Kofi Annan

Known for - Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nation
Concerned Department - Department of Political Science

Tom Hanks

Known for - American actor and filmmaker
Concerned Department - Department of Filmmaking

2. Stanford University

Top to bottom: Condolezza Rice, Andrew Ng, Mariam Mirzakhani

Founded in: 1891

Location: Stanford, California

Famous Professors:

Andrew Ng

Known for - Founder of Google Brain Project
Concerned Department - Department of Computer Science Engineering

Condolezza Rice

Known for - American political scientist and diplomat
Concerned Department - Department of Political Science

Mariam Mirzakhani

Known for - First woman to win mathematics' Fields Medal
Concerned Department - Department of Mathematics

Manu Prakash

Known for - Indian Bio-engineering scientist and recipient of MacArthur FellowshipMedal
Concerned Department - Department of Biological Engineering

Philip Zimbardo

Known for - Psychologist, well known for the infamous Stanford Prison experiment
Concerned Department - Department of Psychology

3. University of California

Top to bottom: Jack Black, Tim Robbins. John Cusack

Founded in: 1868

Location: Oakland, California

Famous Professors:

Jack Black

Known for - American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer
Concerned Department - Department of Acting

John Cusack

Known for - American actor, producer and screenwriter
Concerned Department - Department of Acting

Tim Robbins

Known for - American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist, and musician
Concerned Department - Department of Filmmaking/ Department of Music

Helen Hunt

Known for - American actress, director and screenwriter
Concerned Department - Department of Filmmaking

Gary Snyder

Known for - Poet, Pulitzer Prize winner
Concerned Department - Department of English Literature

4. Columbia University

Top to bottom: Spike Lee, Ronald Breslow, Richard Axel

Founded in: 1754

Location: New York, US

Famous Professors:

Spike Lee

Known for - American film director, producer, writer and actor
Concerned Department - Department of Filmmaking

Brian Greene

Known for - American theoretical physicist, mathematician, and string theorist
Concerned Department - Department of Mathematics

Judith Butler

Known for - American philosopher and gender theorist
Concerned Department - Department of Comparative Literature

Ronald Breslow

Known for - American chemist, winner of National Medal of Science for Chemistry
Concerned Department - Department of Chemistry

Richard Axel

Known for - Molecular Biologist, Noble prize winner in Physiology
Concerned Department - Department of Physiology

5. Boston University

Top to bottom: Eric Holder, Katie Couric, Robert Zelnick

Founded in: 1839

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Professors:

Katie Couric

Known for - American journalist and author
Concerned Department - Department of Journalism

Robert Zelnick

Known for - American journalist, author, winner of 2 Emmy awards & 2 Gavel awards
Concerned Department - Department of Journalism

Eric Holder

Known for - Served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, from 2009 to 2015
Concerned Department - Department of Political Science

Elie Wiesel

Known for - American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor
Concerned Department - Department of English Literature

6. New York University

Top to bottom: Jonathan Safran Foer, Questlove, James Franco

Founded in: 1831

Location: New York City, US

Famous Professors:

James Franco

Known for - American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer
Concerned Department - Department of Filmmaking

Questlove

Known for - American percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, music journalist, record producer, and actor
Concerned Department - Department of Music

Jonathan Safran Foer

Known for - American novelist
Concerned Department - Department of Literature

Zadie Smith

Known for - English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer
Concerned Department - Department of creative writing

7. Brown University

Top to bottom: Patrick Kennedy, John P. Donoghue, Leon Cooper

Founded in: 1764

Location: Rhode Island, US

 Famous Professors:

Patrick Kennedy

Known for - American politician and mental health advocate
Concerned Department - Department of Psychology

Leon Cooper

Known for - American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate who co-developed the BCS theory of superconductivity
Concerned Department - Department of Physics

John P. Donoghue

Known for - Neuroscientist, best known for developing 'BrainGate' to restore movement for people with paralysis
Concerned Department - Department of Neuro Science

8. University of Chicago

Top to bottom: Barack Obama, Elena Kagan, Eugene Fama

Founded in: 1890

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Famous Professors:

Barack Obama

Known for - American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017
Concerned Department - Department of Political Science

Elena Kagan

Known for - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Concerned Department - Department of Political Science

Eugene Fama

Known for - American economist, often referred to as "The Father of Finance"
Concerned Department - Department of Economics

Richard Thaler

Known for - American economist
Concerned Department - Department of Economics

Roger Ebert

Known for - American film critic and historian, journalist, screenwriter and author
Concerned Department - Department of Journalism

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