Alexander Hamilton Medal

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The Alexander Hamilton Medal is presented each year by the Columbia College Alumni Association to an alumnus/a or faculty member for distinguished service and accomplishment in any field of endeavor. The Alexander Hamilton Medal, first presented in 1947 to Nicholas Murray Butler, CC 1882, is the highest tribute awarded to a member of the Columbia College community.

Past Winners

  • 1947- Nicholas Murray Butler CC 1882
  • 1995- Columbia Science Nobel Winners: Leon N. Cooper `51 (Physics 1972), Roald Hoffmann `58 (Chemistry 1981), Norman F. Ramsey, Jr. `35 (Physics 1989), Melvin Schwartz `53 (Physics 1988) Julian S. Schwinger `36 (posthumously) (Physics 1965)
  • 1997- Alfred Lerner CC'55
  • 1999- Columbia Professor: Wm. Theodore de Bary, CC'41, James Shenton, CC'49, Richard Axel, CC'67
  • 2000- William Campbell, CC ’62

Previous winners also include Columbia President Dwight D. Eisenhower and alumni Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.