Purdue University

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Purdue University
founding May 6, 1869
Sponsorship public
place West Lafayette
president Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
Students 40,090
Annual budget 1.878 billion
Networks Association of American Universities
Website www.purdue.edu

The Purdue University is an American University in West Lafayette , founded 1869th It was named in honor of its first benefactor, John Purdue , a Tippecanoe County businessman who bequeathed $ 150,000 to the university . Today Purdue University is the main location of the Purdue University System . It is a member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900.

Cary Quadrangle
University Hall
View of the engineering mall

Purdue University currently has approximately 40,000 students attended by over 3,000 faculty. Purdue is one of the major universities in the USA.


Purdue University is one of the most prestigious universities in the USA in the field of engineering. Purdue has a long tradition in aerospace engineering, which has given the university the nickname "Cradle of Astronauts". The most famous alumni include Neil Armstrong (first person on the moon) and Eugene Cernan (so far last person on the moon). The university also has its own airport ( IATA code : LAF).

It also has a great reputation in the field of agricultural sciences and is ranked among the ten best universities worldwide every year.


The Purdue University sports teams are the Boilermakers . The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference . The Boilermakers football games are played at Ross-Ade Stadium .


On September 24, 2015, US journalist Barton Gellman gave a lecture at the university on the global surveillance and espionage affair . After that, the university considered destroying the projector used for the presentation because it was used to show documents classified as secret.




  • Ricardo Allen (born 1991), football player
  • Mike Alstott (born 1973), football player
  • Neil Armstrong (1930–2012), astronaut, first person on the moon
  • Raymond Battalio (1938–2004), economist, pioneer of experimental economic research
  • Birch Bayh (1928–2019), politician, former senator and presidential candidate
  • Drew Brees (born 1979), football player
  • Roy D. Bridges (* 1943), astronaut and former director of the Kennedy Space Center and the Langley Research Center of NASA
  • Dave Butz (born 1950), football player
  • Earl Butz (1909–2008), politician, Minister of Agriculture under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
  • Brian Cardinal (born 1977), basketball player
  • Eugene Cernan (1934–2017), astronaut, so far the last person on the moon
  • Ward Cunningham (* 1949), founder of the first wiki
  • Len Dawson (born 1935), football player
  • Ray Ewry (1873-1937), track and field athlete, ten-time Olympic champion
  • Kirk Fordice (1934–2004), politician, Governor of Mississippi from 1992 to 2000
  • Cleota Gage Fry (1910–2001), mathematician, physicist and university professor
  • Kevin Granata (1961-2007), biomechanic
  • Bob Griese (born 1945), football player
  • Gus Grissom (1926–1967), the first astronaut to travel twice into space (the university's Grissom Hall is also named after him)
  • Jürgen Großmann (* 1952), CEO of RWE
  • Cecil Isbell (1915–1985), football player
  • John Kagel (* 1942), economist, pioneer of experimental economic research
  • Harry Leslie (1878–1937), politician, Governor of Indiana between 1929 and 1933
  • Myron Levoy (1930–2019), writer and bestselling author
  • GV Loganathan (1956–2007), Indian civil engineer
  • Lamar Lundy (1935-2007), football player
  • Ted McCarty (1909-2001), former inventor and president of Gibson
  • Elwood Mead (1858-1936), engineer, professor of agriculture and builder of the Hoover Dam
  • Ben Mottelson (* 1926), American-Danish physicist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Ian Murdock (1973–2015), founder of the Debian Project
  • Edward Mills Purcell (1912–1997), physicist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Glenn Robinson (born 1973), NBA basketball player
  • Ken Rosenberg , Mayor of Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California
  • Jerry Ross (* 1948), astronaut, was the first person to undertake seven space flights
  • Essam Scharaf (* 1952), Egyptian politician and former Prime Minister of Egypt
  • Kawann Short (* 1989), football player
  • Elmer Sleight (1907-1978), American football player
  • Hank Stram (1923-2005), football player and coach
  • Chesley B. Sullenberger (born 1951), pilot
  • Booth Tarkington (1869-1946), the only writer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel twice
  • Rod Woodson (born 1965), American football player

Web links

Commons : Purdue University  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Barton Gellman: [ARCHIVE Scholarship, Security and 'spillage' on campus] ( English ) October 8, 2015. Archived from the original on October 8, 2015. Retrieved on October 8, 2015.
  2. Hauke ​​Gierow: [ARCHIVE Because of Snowden foils: University wanted to silence projector forever] . In: Golem . October 8, 2015. Archived from the original on October 8, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015.

Coordinates: 40 ° 25 '26 "  N , 86 ° 55' 44"  W.