Angus Deaton receives Nobel Prize medal, bringing Princeton tally to 40

Dec. 10, 2015 9 a.m.
Angus Deaton with Nobel Prize

Princeton University professor Angus Deaton receives the 2015 Nobel Prize in economic sciences Dec. 10 in Stockholm, two months after the honor was announced. Deaton, who has taught at Princeton since 1983, is one of 40 individuals with a Princeton affiliation to win a Nobel Prize.

©Nobel Media AB 2015 / Photo: Pi Frisk

Princeton University professor Angus Deaton received his medal for the 2015 Nobel Prize in economic sciences on Dec. 10 in Stockholm.

The prize, announced in October, recognizes Deaton for his work in consumption (at the individual level and in aggregate), poverty and welfare. Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been a faculty member at the University since 1983. 

On Dec. 8, Deaton gave a lecture in Stockholm on measuring and understanding behavior, welfare and poverty. The Dec. 10 award ceremony video also is available for viewing.

Princeton has a storied history with the Nobel Prize, with 40 individuals affiliated with the University receiving prizes over the past century. The list includes 18 alumni, as well as faculty and staff who were engaged by Princeton at the time they did the research that led to the Nobel Prize, who were employed by the University at the time of the award, and those who are currently working at the University. 

“Princeton Nobel Prizes; 18 physics; 1 peace; 12 economics; 4 chemistry; 3 literature; 2 physiology medicine”

 

Chemistry

Faculty and staff
2015 – Tomas Lindahl
2008 – Osamu Shimomura

Alumni
1996 – Richard Smalley, Ph.D. 1974
1951 – Edwin M. McMillan, Ph.D. 1933

Economics

Faculty and staff
2015 – Angus Deaton
2011 – Christopher Sims
2011 – Thomas Sargent (visiting)
2008 – Paul Krugman
2007 – Eric S. Maskin (visiting)
2002 – Daniel Kahneman
1994 – John F. Nash, Ph.D. 1950
1979 – Sir W. Arthur Lewis

Alumni
2012 – Lloyd Shapley, Ph.D. 1953
2001 – A. Michael Spence, Class of 1966
2000 – James J. Heckman, M.A. 1968, Ph.D. 1971
1992 – Gary S. Becker, Class of 1951

Literature

Faculty and staff
2010 – Mario Vargas Llosa (visiting)
1993 – Toni Morrison

Alumni
1936 – Eugene O'Neill, Class of 1910

Peace

Faculty and staff
1919 – Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879, president emeritus of the University

Physics

Faculty and staff
2015 – Arthur B. McDonald
2004 – David Gross
1998 – Daniel C. Tsui
1993 – Joseph H. Taylor
1993 – Russell A. Hulse
1980 – James W. Cronin
1980 – Val L. Fitch
1978 – Arno A. Penzias (visiting)
1977 – Philip W. Anderson, Ph.D. 1949
1963 – Eugene P. Wigner

Alumni
2004 – Frank Wilczek, Ph.D. 1975
1979 – Steven Weinberg, Ph.D. 1957
1972 – John Bardeen, Ph.D. 1936
1965 – Richard P. Feynman, Ph.D. 1942
1961 – Robert Hofstadter, Ph.D. 1938
1956 – John Bardeen, Ph.D. 1936
1937 – Clinton J. Davisson, Ph.D. 1911
1927 – Arthur H. Compton, Ph.D. 1916

Physiology or medicine

Faculty and staff
2013 – James Rothman
1995 – Eric Wieschaus