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Notable Alumni

Since its creation in 1926, The Graduate School has trained nearly 30,000 graduate students. To celebrate our alumni’s accomplishments and contributions to the world, we will be highlighting a few of our notable graduates—one from each decade—in the months leading up to the school’s 90th anniversary celebration during the 2016 homecoming weekend.

Rose M. Davis

 

January

1920s: Rose M. Davis

Duke's first female Ph.D.

Charles H. Townes

 

February

1930s: Charles H. Townes

Paving the way for the laser

Kreps

 

March

1940s: Juanita Kreps

A coal miner's daughter

Perrin

 

April

1950s: Noel Perrin

"A combination of Edmund Wilson and E.B. White"

Lagos

 

May

1960s: Ricardo F. Lagos

Standing up to Pinochet

Cohen

 

June

1970s: Ralph A. Cohen

Building Shakespeare's American home

Mimms

 

July

1980s: Larry T. Mimms

An invention that saved lives

Roberts

 

August

1990s: Carmichael S. Roberts

From the lab bench to the boardroom

Mattawa  

September

2000s: Khaled Mattawa

Genius at work

Camas  

October

2010s: Lucinda Camras

Pursuing her father's vision