George Washington University

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George Washington University

Comprehensive private, coeducational research university located in Washington, D.C. add

Category: Sciences (600)

Founded in 1821.

Countries: United States (71%), (8%), Vietnam (4%)

Main connections: Mike Lonergan, President, McGill University

Linked to: Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University Law School, George Washington University Medical School, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

 

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1821

Baptist missionary and leading minister Luther Rice raised funds to purchase a site for a college to educate citizens from throughout the young nation in Washington, D.C. A large building was constructed on College Hill, which is now known as Meridian Hill, and on February 9, 1821, President James Monroe approved the congressional charter creating the non-denominational "Columbian College in the District of Columbia" add something

 

The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 9, 1821 as "'The Columbian College in the District of Columbia"' add something


1822

The Enosinian Society, founded in 1822, is one of the university's oldest student organizations add something


1824

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences or simply the George Washington School of Medicine, the first in the nation's capital, was founded in 1824 due to the need for doctors in the District of Columbia add something

 

The first commencement in 1824 was considered an important event for the young city of Washington, D.C. add something


1826

The George Washington University Law School was established in 1826 and is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia add something


1833

Frederick Perry Stanton - He pursued classical studies and graduated from Columbian College, now named George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. in 1833


1838

William Douglas Wallach - Born in Washington, D.C., he earned a civil engineering degree at Columbian College and moved west doing survey work, reaching the Republic of Texas in 1838 where he supported Sam Houston and the annexation of Texas to the U.S.


1860

William Lyne Wilson - Born in Charles Town, Virginia , Wilson attended Charles Town Academy, graduated from Columbian College in 1860 and subsequently studied at the University of Virginia


1861

Albert Vander Veer - In 1861 he attended a full course of lectures at Albany, New York Medical College, and in 1862 a second course at the National Medical College, medical department, Columbian University, now the George Washington University, from which he was graduated on December 23, 1862


1869

William Lyne Wilson - For several years, he taught school at Columbian College during which he graduated from law school and was admitted to the bar in 1869, commencing practice in Charles Town


1873

Following the war, in 1873, Columbian College became the Columbian University and moved to an urban downtown location centered on 15th and H streets, NW. add something


1875

Frank Coombs - He graduated from the law department of Columbian University , Washington, D.C., in 1875


1881

The school sponsored intercollegiate football from 1881 to 1966 add something


1884

The School of Engineering and Applied Science was founded on October 1, 1884 as the Corcoran Scientific School of Columbian University add something


1895

Addison T. Smith - He graduated from George Washington University with a law degree in 1895 and served on Shoup's staff until the senator's 1900 election defeat


1902

Daniel O. Hastings - He studied law at Columbian University, now The George Washington University, and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1902


1904

In 1904, Columbian University changed its name to "The George Washington University" in an agreement with the George Washington Memorial Association to build a campus building in honor of the first U.S. president add something


1905

Fred K. Nielsen - Nielsen served as the head football coach at the Maryland Agricultural College from 1905 to 1906, the George Washington University from 1907 to 1908, Georgetown University from 1910 to 1911, and the Catholic University of America from 1915 to 1916


1907

Syngman Rhee - ' He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University on 1907, and a Master of Arts from Harvard University in 1908


1909

The Graduate School of Education & Human Development officially started in 1909 add something


1913

Willis W. Bradley - Beginning in September 1913, Bradley studied ordnance and explosives at the Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis, Maryland , Maryland, and at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He continued his studies at the Naval Proving Ground in Indian Head, Maryland, at Bausch & Lomb, and at the Midvale Steel Co. in Pittsburgh, Pa. In July 1915, Bradley returned to sea in command of


1919

Henry Parker Willis - He was professor of economics at George Washington University and lectured at Columbia University, becoming a professor of economics there in 1919


1923

Julia Marlowe - In 1923, she received an honorary doctorate from George Washington University, and another in 1943 from Columbia University


1924

The official fight song is "Hail to the Buff and Blue", composed in 1924 by student Eugene F. Sweeney and re-written in 1989 by Patrick M. Jones add something

 

The sports teams are called the Colonials, which was chosen by the student body in 1924 add something

 

Butler B. Hare - He graduated from Newberry College and earned his law degree from George Washington University and served his first term in the US House of Representatives in 1924 representing the 2nd district of South Carolina


1930

In the 1930s, the University was a major center for theoretical physics add something

 

The cosmologist George Gamow produced critical work on the Big Bang theory at GW in the 1930s and 1940s add something


1934

George Gamow - Gamow worked at George Washington University from 1934 until 1954, when he became a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley


1935

Sherman P. Lloyd - Lloyd received his B.S. from Utah State University in 1935 and studied law at George Washington University from which he received his LL.B. in 1939


1939

In one of the most important moments in the 20th century, Niels Bohr announced that Otto Hahn had successfully split the atom on January 26, 1939 at the Fifth Washington Conference on theoretical physics in the Hall of Government add something


1941

William D. Houser - Houser received a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy in 1941, an M.S. from George Washington University in 1963 and studied at the University of Maryland, College of Special & Continuation Studies, the Naval War College, and Harvard University


1947

Charles L. Harness - He earned degrees in chemistry and law from George Washington University and worked as a patent attorney in Connecticut & Washington, DC from 1947 to 1981


1949

Harold H. Greene - He received his BA in 1949 from George Washington University and law degree in 1952 from George Washington University_Law_School


1950

Mary McHenry - She graduated from Oakwood School in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1950, received her B.A. in English literature from Mount Holyoke College in 1954, her M.A. from Columbia University in 1960, and continued further graduate work at George Washington University from 1961-1964


1955

Herbert Haft - Trained as a pharmacist at George Washington University, Haft opened the first Dart Drug discount store in 1955 in Washington, which he sold in 1984 at which time the chain had 75 stores


1957

Stuart Moulthrop - Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957, he became an English major at George Washington University after reading "Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon in 1975


1958

Jack Edmonds - He graduated from George Washington University in 1958 and obtained a Master's degree from the University of Maryland in 1959, his thesis being on the problem of embedding graphs

 

George W. Casey, Sr. - He later earned a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 1958 and a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University in 1965


1960

Julian Euell - In the 1960s Euell worked in Harlem directing an arts program and returned to school, receiving a Ph.D. from George Washington University in 1973


1962

The school separated from the Columbian College in 1962 and was one of the first to accept women for degree candidacy in engineering and has awarded the most engineering doctoral degrees to women in the country add something


1963

Juan Manuel Perez-Gimenez - Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Perez-Gimenez received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico in 1963, an M.B.A. from George Washington University in 1965, and an LL.B. from the University of Puerto Rico Law School in 1968

 

Vincente T. Blaz - He subsequently attended George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where he received a Master of Arts degree in 1963

 

Frederick J. Karch - In 1963, he received a Master's Degree from George Washington University and in 1964 he was promoted to Brigadier General


1964

Laith Shubeilat - He is a graduate of civil engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1964, and gained his masters degree from George Washington University in 1968


1965

Alton D. Slay - Slay is a 1965 graduate of George Washington University at Washington, D.C., with a degree in mathematics; the Harvard University Advanced Management Program; and the Canadian National Defence College


1966

In 1966, the football program was discontinued due to a number of factors, including the team's lack of adequate facilities and the desire by the university to development an on-campus fieldhouse for basketball and other sports add something

 

Roger L. Hunt - Born in Overton, Nevada, Hunt received a B.A. degree from Brigham Young University in 1966 and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 1970


1967

Bennie L. Davis - He earned a master of science degree from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1967; and graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia, Virginia, in 1964; and the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1967

 

Larry D. Welch - He received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master of science degree in international relations from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. The general completed Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia, Virginia, in 1967, and National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1972

 

Susan Rothenberg - In 1967 she went to Washington, DC and studied at George Washington University and the Corcoran Museum School

 

Elliot Koffman - Koffman began his teaching career in 1967, serving as a professorial lecturer at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. ; an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Connecticut; and an Associate Professor and Full Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University


1968

Owen W. Siler - He received a Master of Science degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1968


1970

The seven-story Gelman Library building contains over two million volumes and is constructed in the Brutalist architectural style of the 1970s add something


1971

Colin Powell - He was later able to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University in 1971, after his second tour in Vietnam

 

John T. Chain, Jr. - In 1971 he graduated from the National War College and concurrently earned a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University


1972

Rowland Barnes - He later studied business and law at The George Washington University and graduated from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta , Georgia, in 1972, and at the time of his death still held the title of adjunct professor at Emory

 

Charles A. Ford - He obtained his B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary in 1972, and his M.A. in Latin American Studies from George Washington University in 1975


1973

Richard Boucher - Fluent in Chinese and French, Boucher obtained his Bachelor's degree in 1973 at Tufts University in English and French literature and did graduate work in economics at the George Washington University

 

Sharon Prost - She received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 1973, an M.B.A. from George Washington University in 1975, a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 1979, and an L.L.M. from George Washington University Law School in 1984


1976

Alec Baldwin - From 1976 to 1979, he attended George Washington University, afterwards transferring to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied acting with Elaine Aiken and Geoffrey Horne at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and, later still, being accepted as a member of the Actors Studio

 

Mohammad Nahavandian - He graduated from Alavi Institute in 1976 with a degree in economics and moved to United States for education at George Washington University

 

Gregory V. Palmer - In 1976 he earned the B.A. degree at George Washington University


1977

Richard Carson - He obtained a B.A. degree from Mississippi State University in 1977, an M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University in 1979, and an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985


1979

Robert Sungenis - He obtained his B.A. in Religion from George Washington University in 1979, and an M.A. in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1982


1980

Richard Wayne Dirksen - Dirksen was awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts degree in 1980 by George Washington University, an honorary doctor of music by Marymount College in 1986, and the Medal of Excellence by the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music

 

Mohammad Nidal al-Shaar - He earned a B.A. degree from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Aleppo in 1980, and a Ph.D. in economics from the George Washington University

 

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi - He went on to obtain Masters in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Abbasi worked as a professional engineer in the United States and the Middle East during the 1980s

 

Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer - He went on to study in King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals for two years before completing his BSc in civil engineering in the UK. Al-Yawar enrolled in an English language program at American University in Washington, D.C. and received his master's degree from George Washington University in the mid 1980s


1981

In 1981, the Medical Center became the center of the national spotlight when President Ronald Reagan was rushed to the emergency room after an attempted assassination add something


1982

Lucille Clifton - From 1982 to 1983 she was visiting writer at Columbia University School of the Arts and at George Washington University

 

Mike Brey - In 1982 Brey graduated from George Washington University with bachelor's degree in physical education


1985

John Kuester - From 1985 to 1990 he was the head coach at George Washington University


1988

Hamengkubuwono IX - Hamengkubuwono IX died at the George Washington University Medical Center in the United States on 1 October 1988 and was buried at Imogiri


1989

Frank Luntz - He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1989 until 1996 and taught at George Washington University and American University


1990

Glenn Greenwald - He earned a B.A. from George Washington University in 1990 and a J.D. from New York University Law School in 1994

 

Mike Jarvis - He was hired at George Washington in 1990, leading the Colonials to three NCAA tournament appearances, including the round of 16 in the 1993 NCAA Tournament, the Colonials' best tournament performance

 

Chuck Todd - Todd attended George Washington University from 1990 to 1994; although he majored in political science and minored in music, he did not graduate


1992

Samuel J. Locklear - Locklear is a 1992 graduate of the National Defense Industrial College of the Armed Forces, holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the George Washington University, and attended the Senior Officials in National Security course at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University


1993

Thomas J. Abercrombie - After retiring from "National Geographic" in 1993, Abercrombie taught geography at George Washington University


1994

EMeRG has been active on campus since 1994 and has advanced from bike response into a two ambulance system that is sanctioned by the District of Columbia Department of Health and DC Fire and EMS add something

 

Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss - She began college at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. but, in 1994, transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles


1996

Furthermore, the premier female group on GW's campus is the GW Pitches, founded in 1996 add something

 

In 1996, the university purchased the Mount Vernon College for Women in the city's Palisades neighborhood that became the school's coeducational Mount Vernon Campus add something

 

Nate Powell - Powell graduated from North Little Rock, Arkansas High School in 1996, briefly attended George Washington University in Washington, DC, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2000 after receiving the Outstanding Cartooning Student award and the Shakespeare & Company Books Self-Publishing Grant, with which he funded the first issue of "Walkie Talkie"


1997

The campus was first utilized in 1997 for women only, but became co-educational in a matter of years add something


1998

Tom Penders - Penders served as head coach at the George Washington University from 1998–2001, where he compiled a 49–42 record and led the Colonials to the NCAA Tournament

 

Kerry Washington - She attended George Washington University, graduating in 1998 Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Anthropology & Sociology


1999

Murder of Imette St. Guillen - Guillen graduated from Boston Latin School in 1999 and moved to Washington, D.C. to attend George Washington University

 

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East - In 1999 and 2000, Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science at George Washington University, published a study on this subject


2000

The largest student organization on campus claiming a membership approaching 2000, the GW College Democrats have hosted speakers such as CNN contributor Donna Brazile and former DNC Chairman Howard Dean among many others add something

 

Yuriko Yamaguchi (sculptor) - She was professor at George Washington University in the 2000s

 

Mohammed VI of Morocco - On 22 June 2000, Mohammed received an honorary degree from George Washington University


2002

Mohammad Nidal al-Shaar - Adjunct Professor at George Washington University for several years, provided consulting and training work in the bourses of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and served as Secretary General of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions since 2002, and until now, married with a son and a daughter


2003

Sons of Pitch, GW's premier male a cappella group, has been around since 2003, and the co-ed GW Troubadours, which are involved with GW's music department, have been a presence on campus since the mid-1950s add something

 

Michael K. Young - His previous academic postings include Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law and Legal Institutions and Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies at Columbia University and Dean and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University School of Law. He held several posts in the administration of President George H.W. Bush and served as chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom during 2003 and 2004


2004

The teams have achieved great successes in recent years including a first round victory in the Men's NCAA Division I Soccer Tournament in 2004 add something

 

Under former head coach Karl Hobbs, GW's basketball team returned to the national stage in 2004 after defeating No. 9 Michigan State and No. 12 Maryland in back to back games to win the 2004 BB&T Classic add something

 

John Becker (basketball) - He briefly left coaching to pursue a master's degree in information systems at George Washington University, however in 2004 Becker returned to coaching at his alma mater Catholic as an assistant coach under Steve Howes

 

Ugo Oha - She competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics with the Nigeria women's national basketball team and attended George Washington University

 

polygamy - In an October 2004 op-ed for USA Today, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley "argued that, as a simple matter of equal treatment under law, polygamy ought to be legal


2005

That year, the men's basketball team went on to win the Atlantic 10 West Title and the Atlantic 10 Tournament Title, earning an automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Tournament add something

 

Mitrionics - The Mitrion Platform was launched in 2005 and has been used by many of the world's leading supercomputing organizations including NCSA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, George Washington University, &McGill_University, National Cancer Institute and Konrad-Zuse Institute Berlin


2006

Cheney and wife Lynne Cheney helped to start the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute in 2006 add something

 

Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Samuel Alito, and Justice Antonin Scalia presided over its moot court in 2006, 2007, and 2009, respectively add something

 

They had a record of 26-2 going into the 2006 NCAA Tournament add something

 

Karl Hobbs - Two of Hobbs's players at George Washington played in the NBA and a third was drafted in the second round in 2006

 

On February 6, 2006, the Chairman and CEO of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith, opened a new complex for the school called Duquès Hall add something

 

In December 2006, the university named Johns Hopkins University provost Steven Knapp its next president add something

 

John Miller (Washington politician) - He resigned effective December 15, 2006, to join the faculty of George Washington University and to serves as a distinguished senior fellow in international affairs and human rights with the Discovery Institute


2007

In 2007 the GW Men's Water Polo team placed third at Eastern Championships, and was ranked 14th in the nation add something

 

In late 2007, construction began on a large mixed-use residential, office and retail development located on the site of the old GW Hospital and just east of the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail station add something

 

The current President is Steven Knapp, who was the provost at Johns Hopkins University before being chosen by the Board of Trustees in 2007 add something

 

Frank Robinson - On April 13, 2007 Robinson was rewarded the first Jackie Robinson Society Community Recognition Award at George Washington University

 

Wolf Blitzer - On May 20, 2007, Blitzer was awarded the honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the George Washington University at their undergraduate commencement exercise

 

He began his presidency on August 1, 2007 add something

 

A number of posters in October 2007 surfaced at GW satirizing the "Islamofascism Awareness Week," which was assumed to have been from the GW Young American's Foundation add something


2008

In 2008 the George Washington University Medical School was put on probation by its accrediting institution, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which cited a number of issues add something


2009

Mickey Edwards - As of 2009, Edwards teaches courses on National Security Policy and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University

 

BlueOregon - In 2009, BlueOregon was named the "best state politics blog" in the nation, and awarded a Golden Dot Award by the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet at George Washington University

 

Edward P. Jones - In the spring and fall semesters of 2009, Jones was a visiting professor of creative writing at the George Washington University

 

In January 2009, a member of the GW College Democrats desecrated GW Young America's Foundation crucifixes that were being stored in the College Republicans' office after a pro-life event add something

 

Patton Oswalt - On February 28, 2009, Oswalt recorded his third comedy album at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington D.C. It premiered on Comedy Central as "Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong" on August 23, 2009, and was released on DVD August 25, 2009


2010

The GW Club Sports Council was founded in 2010 to act as a lobbying body between Club Sports at GW, and the administration add something

 

Nnamdi Asomugha - For the 2010 tour, ACTS visited schools in Washington D.C. including Georgetown University, George Washington University, &American_University, Howard University and University of Maryland

 

Dana Perino - In 2010, she started teaching a class in political communications part-time at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management

 

The LCME lifted the medical school's probation in February 2010 add something

 

Dave Brubeck - On May 16, 2010, Brubeck was *awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The ceremony took place on the National Mall


2011

James N. Rosenau - Rosenau served as University Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University's &Elliott_School_of_International_Affairs until his death in 2011

 

Known for his animated sideline personality Hobbs had been considered one of the up-and-coming coaches in the NCAA. On April 25, 2011 the University released Hobbs from his contractual obligations, forcing him to resign as men's basketball coach add something

 

Karl Hobbs - On April 25, 2011 it was announced that George Washington had released Hobbs from his contract

 

Mike Lonergan - In May 2011, Lonergan was hired by George Washington University Athletic Director and former America East Commissioner Patrick Nero to take over as head coach of the Colonials

 

Amir-Abbas Fakhravar - Amir Abbas Fakhravar as Secretary General of CIS, hosted "'Iran Democratic Transition Conference I"' at The George Washington University and United States Congress on January 22-24, 2011 and June 19, 2011


2012

In 2012, George took 1st place at the National Cheerleaders Association Mascot Competition and is the University's first national champion add something

 

Great Depression - Recorded live on March 20, 2012 10:35am MST at a class at George Washington University

 

Carlos Slim - On May 20, 2012 Slim was awarded an honorary degree from George Washington University

 

Busboy Productions - On October 6, 2012, Stewart and Bill O'Reilly met at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University for a debate that was not broadcast on television but live-streamed

 

Kimchi Chronicles - On October 16, 2012, Marja Vongerichten was a guest speaker at the George Washington University Jack Morton Auditorium, where she presented a humorous lecture about the Kimchi Chronicles, Korean culture, and her bi-racial identity

 

On November 8, 2012, university officials announced that they had misreported admissions data on their student body for over a decade add something

 

Kathryn Napper, the university's dean of admissions, declined interview requests about the event and announced her retirement on December 12, 2012 add something


2013

Because of The George Washington University's fixed tuition rate, that tuition applies only to the Class of 2013 add something

 

It had been ranked in a three-way tie for the 51st position among national universities but following revelation of the misreporting "U.S. News" altered the GW entry to read "George Washington University has changed from being a ranked school in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges to an unranked school, based on a data reporting error add something

 

Kerry Washington - On May 19, 2013, she was the commencement speaker for her "alma mater", the George Washington University

 

On October 21, 2013, The GW Hatchet reported George Washington University officials admitted for the first time that the University had misrepresented the admissions and financial aid policy for years add something


2014

Mike Lonergan - Basketball - Mike Lonergan completed his fourth season as head coach for men's basketball at George Washington University in 2014-15, leading the Colonials to back-to-back 20-win seasons and postseason appearances for the first time since 2006 and 2007


2015

The tuition rate only applies to the incoming Class of 2015 and will not increase for those students for up to 10 semesters add something

 

The Textile Museum reopened to the public in March 2015 after the institution merged with the university in 2011 and closed it for renovations two years later add something


2016

The largest residence halls on campus are Thurston Hall, Shenkman Hall, Amsterdam hall, South Hall, Mitchell Hall, and District House, which is currently scheduled to open in 2016 add something

 

Action Bronson - In March 2016, the Program Board of the George Washington University announced that Bronson would be the headlining performer for the University's yearly spring concert, "Spring Fling


2018

As of January 2018, its undergraduate International Business program was ranked 9th nationally by s://www add something


2019

In 2019, GW surpassed Georgetown University for the first time in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Global Universities" ranking add something

 

The "Times Higher Education" ranks GW as having the 64th best law program in the world, in 2019 add something