Case Western Reserve University

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Group.png Case Western Reserve University  
Case Western Reserve University seal.png
MottoThink Beyond the Possible
HeadquartersCleveland, Ohio, USA
TypePrivate University
Other nameSpartans
Important research university with significant government ties

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a private research university in Cleveland, Ohio. It was created in 1967 through the federation of two longstanding contiguous institutions: Western Reserve University, founded in 1826 and named for its location in the Connecticut Western Reserve, and Case Institute of Technology, founded in 1880 through the endowment of Leonard Case, Jr. Time magazine described the merger as the creation of "Cleveland's Big-Leaguer" university.[1]

The campus is approximately 5 miles (8 km) east of Downtown Cleveland in the neighborhood known as University Circle, an area encompassing 550 acres (220 ha) containing a concentration of educational, medical, and cultural institutions.[2] Case Western Reserve has a number of programs taught in conjunction with University Circle institutions, including the Cleveland Clinic, the University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Play House. Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra, is on the Case Western Reserve campus.

Case Western Reserve includes the medical school, business school, dental school, law school, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Department of Biomedical Engineering and its biomedical teaching and research capabilities. Case Western Reserve is a member of the Association of American Universities.[3] Case is noted (among other fields) for research in electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering.

The Michelson–Morley interferometer experiment was conducted in 1887 in the basement of a campus dormitory by Albert A. Michelson of Case School of Applied Science and Edward W. Morley of Western Reserve University. Michelson became the first American to win a Nobel Prize in science.[4] Since then, seventeen Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Case Western Reserve or one of its two predecessors.[5]

Case Western Reserve was one of the earliest universities connected to the ARPANET, the military predecessor to the Internet. ARPANET went online in 1969; Case Western Reserve was connected in January, 1971.[6]Case Western Reserve graduate Ken Biba published the Biba Integrity Model in 1977 and served on the ARPA Working Group that developed the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) used on the Internet.

Notable People

This is a list of notable individuals associated with Case Western Reserve University, including students, alumni, and faculty.

Business and philanthropy

Craig Newmark (BS '75, MS '77), tech billionaire, philanthropist, founder of Craigslist
Richard Thaler (BA '67), one of the founders of behavioral economics and recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics


Government and military

Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative (1997-2013) and U.S. presidential candidate (2004 and 2008)
Don Thomas, former NASA Astronaut. (Physics BS '73)
Elioda Tumwesigye, Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister of Science Technology & Innovation, Republic of Uganda



Attorney Fred Gray represented Rosa Parks, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Tuskegee syphilis experiment victims in his career. He marched in Selma to Montgomery.

Science, technology, and medicine

Case alum Herbert Henry Dow, founder of Dow Chemical
John J.R. Macleod, 1923 Nobel Prize winner for discovering insulin and Western Reserve University Professor of Physiology
Ferid Murad, 1998 Nobel Laureate and Case Medical School MD/PhD alumnus


Alumni on Wikispooks

François-Philippe Champagne25 June 1970CanadaPolitician
Canadian Bilderberger politician, lawyer
Michael CherkaskyBusinessperson
Lincoln Díaz-Balart13 August 1954LawyerPlays a prominent role in the Cuban-American lobby. Son of Rafael Díaz-Balart.
Julie Gerberding22 August 1955USCivil servantApproved Merck vaccine Gardasil as CDC Director, salary $172,000. Then made around $25 million from stock sales when working for Merck.
Martin Gruenberg1953Civil servantChairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Mark Hanna24 September 183715 February 1904USPolitician
Deep politician
American businessman and Republican party kingmaker
Dennis Kucinich8 October 1946Politician
Nobuo Tanaka3 March 1950JapanAcademic
Executive Director of the International Energy Agency