Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

In 1938, an anonymous gift to the University created an endowment, the purpose of which was unique in American higher education: a monetary award to be presented annually to faculty members in recognition of their excellence in teaching undergraduate students. The donor’s anonymity technically prevailed for more than a decade, but in 1952, University Trustee Ernest Quantrell added to his gift, consented to be acknowledged as the donor and named the award for his parents, Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell.

The Quantrell Award is believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching. Based on letters of nomination from students, the award is among the most treasured by faculty. Nobel Laureate James Cronin, University Professor in Physics, said he was “bowled over to be receiving this Quantrell prize.”

“I really care about teaching undergraduates—it’s both a great responsibility and a great pleasure—and to have this recognition is just incredible. It’s better than some of the more public awards I’ve gotten,” he said.

In a 1952 issue of the University of Chicago Magazine, Quantrell described the motivation behind his gift. “The success of a university depends on its product, and its product consists of students trained to lead happy, proficient, useful and unselfish lives. To obtain this product, a good faculty is essential and constitutes the most important part of a university. We have had, and still have, great teachers, but we will have still greater ones.”


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  • Stuart Sherman
  • Gerald Rosenberg
  • Edward Kolb
  • Michael Dickinson
  • Laurie Butler

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  • Richard Saller
  • Joseph Jaraback & Thomas Jones
  • Charles Gray
  • Fred Donner

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  • Ursula Storb
  • David Malament
  • Diane Herrmann
  • Martin Burke

1990

  • Peter White
  • Bernard Strauss
  • Harold Richman
  • Leo P. Kadanoff
  • Philip Kurland

1989

  • Radovan Zak
  • John Frederick
  • Lauren Berlant
  • Constantin Fasolt

1988

  • Robert Peters
  • Arunas Liulevicius
  • J. David Greenstone
  • Monte Lloyd
  • Jan Goldstein

1987

  • Joseph Williams
  • Lorna Straus
  • James Redfield
  • Karl Weintraub
  • Frank Merritt

1986

  • Jose Quintans
  • Jonathan Z. Smith
  • Gerald Honigsblum
  • David Oxtoby

1985

  • Hugh Wilson
  • Alfred Putnam
  • John Mearsheimer
  • Anna Crone

1984

  • Robert Ferguson
  • David Draper
  • Dennis Hutchinson
  • Jean Comaroff

1983

  • Malka Moscona
  • William McNeill
  • Michael Turner
  • Ted Cohen
  • Leon Kass

1982

  • Robert Richards
  • Edward Garber
  • Robert Fefferman
  • Janel Mueller

1981

  • Sam Peltzman
  • Mark Inghram
  • Chi-Ch’ao Chao

1980

  • John Simpson
  • John Macaloon
  • Amy Kass
  • Edward Haydon
  • Robert Geroch

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  • Peter Wyllie
  • Marvin Zonis
  • Clifford Gurney
  • David Bevington

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  • Melvin Shochet
  • Herbert Friedmann

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  • Ralph Nicholas
  • Norman Nachtrieb
  • Hewson Swift

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  • Leonard Olsen
  • Richard Taub
  • Francis Kinahan

1975

  • William Veeder
  • Beatrice Garber
  • Bertram Cohler
  • Paul Moore

1974

  • Leon Stock
  • Ira Kipnis
  • Philip Gossett
  • Robert Haselkorn

1973

  • Suzanne Rudolph
  • John Hubby
  • Norman Maclean
  • Edward Anders

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  • Richard Mintel
  • Robert Hummel
  • Wayne Booth
  • H. Gregg Lewis
  • Richard Beals

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  • Peter Meyer
  • Richard Mckeon
  • Philip Hoffmann
  • Donald Levine

1970

  • Lorna Straus
  • Stuart Rice
  • Joseph Cropsey
  • Easley Blackwood

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  • Henry Rago
  • Emile Karafiol
  • Manfred Ruddat
  • Virgil Burnett
  • Isaac Abella

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  • Dudley Shapere
  • Edward Kollar
  • John Jamieson
  • Lester Little

1967

  • Gilbert White
  • David Wake
  • Michael Murrin
  • Paul Sally Jr.

1966

  • Nathan Sugarman
  • David Orlinsky
  • Elder Olson
  • Arunas Liulevicius

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  • Joseph Schwab
  • James Redfield
  • Nien-Chu Yang
  • Eric Cochrane Jr.

1964

  • Ralph Lerner
  • John Cawelti
  • Sylvain Bromberger
  • Frank Child

1963

  • Herman Sinaiko
  • Gerson Rosenthal
  • Richard Lashof
  • Mckim Mariott

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  • Fred Siegler
  • Leo Nedelsky
  • Edward Wasiolek
  • Norman Nachtrieb

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  • Ray Koppelman
  • Irving Kaplansky
  • Meyer Isenberg
  • Abram Harris

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  • Karl Weintraub
  • Janice Spofford
  • Roger Hildebrand
  • David Williams

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  • Kenneth Rehage
  • Merlin Bowen
  • Lawrence Bogorad
  • Marvin Meyers

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  • Izaak Wirszup
  • Stuart Tave
  • Maynard Krueger
  • Viola Manderfeld

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  • George Playe
  • Thomas Lee
  • Reuel Denney
  • Maurice Cramer

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  • Rosalie Wax
  • Joshua Taylor
  • Harold Gall
  • Christian Mackauer

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  • Charles Wegener
  • John Netherton
  • Gwin Kolb
  • Daniel Harris

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  • Beatrice Mintz
  • Wells Chamberlin
  • Donald Meikeljohn
  • Mark Ashin

1953

  • Robert Monroe Palter
  • John Oliver Hutchens
  • Edward Rosenheim Jr.
  • Grosvenor William Cooper

1952

  • Jay Williams
  • Alan Simpson
  • Wilma Ebbitt
  • Alfred Putnam

1951

  • H. Stefan Schultz
  • James Parsons
  • Knox Hill

1950

  • William Meyer Jr.
  • Joseph Ceithaml
  • William Bradbury

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  • Warner Wick
  • Richard Weaver
  • John Mayfield

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  • Aaron Sayvetz
  • Milton Singer
  • Albert Hayes

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  • Louise Roberts
  • Benson Ginsburg
  • Elseo Vivas

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  • F. Joseph Mullin
  • Robert Keohane
  • Eugene Northrop

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  • Durbin Rowland
  • Harold Haydon
  • Graham Dushane

1944

  • Everett Olson
  • Gerhard Meyer
  • John Davey

1943

  • T. Walter Johnson
  • Arthur Friedman
  • Michael Ference

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  • Russell Thomas
  • David Daiches
  • Edward Espenshade

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  • Norman Maclean
  • James Babcock
  • Victor Johnson

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  • Paul Voth
  • James Cate
  • Ralph Sanger

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  • William Krumbein
  • Ralph Buchsbaum
  • Clarence Faust

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  • Reginald Stephenson
  • William Hutchinson
  • Joseph Schwab