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This Week in Princeton History for March 6-12

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a professor wins an Oscar, Muhammad Ali talks about race and religion, and more.

March 6, 1993—Sharon Stone presents associate professor of computer science Patrick Hanrahan with an Academy Award for Science and Engineering for work done for Pixar prior to joining the Princeton faculty.

Patrick Hanrahan at Princeton University, June 17, 1991. Office of Communications Records (AC168), Box 223.

March 8, 1877—The Princetonian reports with excitement that pioneering astronomer Charles Augustus Young will join the faculty.

Charles Augustus Young, undated. Historical Photograph Collection, Faculty Photographs Series (AC059), Box FAC108.

March 9, 1968—Muhammad Ali speaks on Islam, race, and boxing to an overflow crowd in Alexander Hall. “I’m the fastest and the best boxer alive today. I’m the heavyweight champion of the world. And they still call me ‘boy’.”

Muhammad Ali addresses the crowed in Alexander Hall, 1968. Photo from the Daily Princetonian.

March 11, 1903—Dean Andrew F. West presents a report detailing the need for a residential Graduate College at Princeton University.

Princeton’s initial effort at housing graduate students was this house, named Merwick. Photo from the 1908 Bric-a-Brac.

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