Scholarship at UChicago

Field-defining research

What is it about this institution that has produced more than 90 Nobel Prize winners, and over a dozen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom? How is it that in our 125-year history, we have contributed to some of the world’s greatest discoveries and breakthroughs, while defining entirely new fields of study?

It all begins with rigorous inquiry

It fuels discovery and impact

Rigorous inquiry inspires scholars to shape and define new fields of study that improve life around the globe.

It opens new lines of questioning

Scholars engage in intellectual debate, continually searching for new evidence, while facing questions from peers with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds.

It leads to ideas that matter

Rigorous inquiry defines our culture and is the foundation for our world-changing research.

Ideas with impact

From the Chicago School of Economics to pioneering social service scholarship in the U.S., the University of Chicago is renowned for putting forth ideas that change the way we live and think.

Janet Rowley, using a microscope

Janet Davison Rowley was the first to show a conclusive link between certain genetic abnormalities and cancer.

Nuclear Installation

Enrico Fermi and a team of scientists at UChicago conducted the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

John Hope Franklin

John Hope Franklin redefined the field of U.S. history by incorporating the African American experience to more fully describe our nation’s history.

Solar Wind

UChicago is where such field-defining concepts as the solar wind and human capital were pioneered.

Richard Thaler

Nobel laureate Richard Thaler is one of the founders of behavioral economics.

A mission to touch the sun

In the late 1950s, Prof. Eugene Parker first coined the term "solar wind" to describe the stream of electrically charged particles emitted by the sun. In 2017, NASA recognized Parker by naming its first mission to the sun—the Parker Solar Probe—in his honor.