Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin
He was known for his numerous inventions, including the Pupin coil, which allowed the extension of long-distance telephone. His autobiography also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1924. Upon his death in 1935, Pupin Hall was named in his honor. A small bust of him stands in the lobby. In 1958, the 100th anniversary of his birth, Pupin was accorded an additional honor by the university - the Pupin Medal for Service to the Nation was named for him as well.