The University of Minnesota is a world-class institution with award-winning faculty and alumni. It ranks as one of the top universities in the world.

Academic Rankings

Award-Winning Alumni and Faculty

University of Minnesota faculty and alumni have achieved important positions on the world stage and received some of the most prestigious awards in their fields.

  • 2 U.S. vice presidents
  • Prime Ministers of U.K., Iceland, and Tunisia
  • Ambassadors to/from Morocco, Iceland, Japan, Uganda, and others
  • 1 Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 25 Nobel Laureates, including a Peace Prize recipient
  • 3 Pulitzer Prize awardees
  • 6 Rhodes Scholars

Alumnus and Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug


U of M alumnus Norman Borlaug, known as the "father of the Green Revolution," won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition for his contributions to world peace through improved food security. He earned bachelor’s  (1937), M.S. (1939), and Ph.D. (1942) degrees from the University of Minnesota.

After graduating from the University, Borlaug worked as a plant pathologist/breeder and eventually headed the wheat improvement program. Borlaug developed high-yielding, semi-dwarf wheat varieties that were resistant to disease. The cultivation of these and other adapted wheats in Mexico, Pakistan, and India allowed those countries to become self-sufficient in wheat production.



    A History of Discoveries

    University researchers have been responsible for some of the world’s most innovative and life-changing discoveries:

    • The first successful open-heart surgery in the nation
    • The first bone marrow transplant in the nation
    • The invention of the black box airplane flight recorder
    • The invention of cardiac pacemaker
    • The invention of car seat belt
    • Discovering one of the most effective drugs to combat HIV/AIDS
    • Invention of GORE-TEX®