NEW YORK (Oct. 28)
Dr. Isidor I. Rabi, one of the world’s leading physicists, has been appointed to the first university-wide professorship in the 210-year history of Columbia University.
The new rank is called University Professor and the university created two of them, naming Dr. Rabi to the first. The post, which is to be conferred on senior faculty members of the highest distinction, will permit holders to work in whatever area of study they choose without regard to departmental barriers.
Dr. Rabi, who has taught physics at Columbia for 25 years, has been a member and chairman of the general advisory committee to the Atomic Energy Commission and the President’s Science Advisory Committee. He is the United States member of the United Nations and NATO Science Committee. In announcing the appointment of the noted Jewish scientist, President Grayson Kirk said that “his eminence in scientific research is matched by his excellence in the classroom.”