90. Institute for Advanced Study


The Institute for Advanced Study was founded in 1930 for scholars to explore “pure science and high scholarship” and has always enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with Princeton University, though the two were never connected organizationally.  The institute was first housed in Princeton’s Fine Hall (now Jones Hall) and then relocated to its own nearby campus.  Albert Einstein’s membership in the institute, along with grant money from the Rockefeller Foundation, allowed the University to recruit many European scientists seeking refuge from Hitler during the 1930s and thus created a world center for the study of theoretical physics in Princeton.  In this picture, Einstein walks on the institute’s grounds.  Today, the institute continues to sponsor scholarly work in many disciplines for its permanent faculty of 30 and the 150 visiting members who come each year. 

  • To learn more about Albert Einstein, see quotation #12.

  • To learn more about the Institute for Advanced Study, see quotation #12 and Café Vivian picture #14.

  • To learn more about the history of science at Princeton, see icon #2, 5, 6, and 7, quotation #9, 27, 34, and 39, and Café Vivian picture #14, 15, 22, 25, 32, 35, 41, 43, 51, 64, 75, 78, 83, 87, 114, and 131.