As you might expect, an institution of Caltech’s caliber has some serious overachievers on its faculty. Five Nobel laureates are currently in residence, including recent winners Robert Grubbs (chemistry) and David Politzer (physics) while 33% of our faculty are members of the National Academies of Science and Engineering and/or fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This is the highest percentage of any faculty in the country with the exception of Rockefeller University (they do not enroll undergraduates.)

Opportunities abound to interact with scientists who are pursuing world-changing research.

The ratio of undergraduate students to full-time, professorial faculty is 3 to 1. Among other benefits, this ratio gives undergraduate students many chances to work with faculty as professional colleagues. Students are mentored very closely by faculty advisors (they are assigned one advisor as freshmen and choose another after they pick an option). This mentoring relationship provides a great opportunity for students to make connections with faculty—to learn about research group positions and to seek career advice. Often faculty members and students are involved in activities outside academics—faculty are known to have dinner with students and to participate in music and theater performances.

Faculty in residence (as of December 2009):


Professorial faculty 299
Emeriti 104
Research faculty 46
Other faculty 69
Visiting faculty 185
Postdoctoral scholars 549
Senior postdoctoral scholars 35
Visitors 118

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Faculty and alumni honors and awards (as of October  2012):

Nobel Prize:  31 recipients, 32 prizes
Crafoord Prize: 7 recipients
Kavli Prize:  1 recipient
National Medal of Science:  56 recipients
National Medal of Technology: 12 recipients
California Scientist of the Year: 15 recipients
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences: 94 faculty
Member, National Academy of Sciences: 71 faculty
Member, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine: 6 faculty
Member, National Academy of Engineering: 33 faculty












Read full list of Caltech faculty honors and awards

Read brief bios of Nobel Laureates

To find out more about the kinds of research pursued by Caltech faculty members, check out the Caltech Experts Guide and explore the websites of our academic divisions.

Harry Gray