What lives inside the Campanile? Who was Phoebe Apperson Hearst? How many Olympic medals have Cal Bears amassed over time? What is Cas9? Explore historic milestones, traditions, major discoveries, influential people who helped shaped our university, and more below. Come back as we add more stories throughout the year. 

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Life-changing discoveries happen here

Recruited from Yale University, structural biologist and biochemist Jennifer Doudna was attracted to Berkeley’s pioneering spirit and access to advanced research technology. The university seemed like a place where basic science could lead to big discoveries.  

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The Daily Cal: A monumental record of Berkeley’s past

September 4, 1900 — Juniors elect class officers; no contest for presidents

October 1, 1964 — Williams refuses demands; 700 sleep in Sproul Hall

September 12, 2017 — UC to receive $1M from state to support undocumented students 

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John Galen Howard: The artistry behind our beautiful campus

Doe Library. The Hearst Memorial Mining Building. The Hearst Greek Theatre. Benjamin Ide Wheeler Hall. The Campanile.

These are just a few stately campus landmarks built in the early 1900s under the leadership of John Galen Howard, an architect who, more than any other individual, shaped the face of the UC Berkeley campus. 

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I-House: Once resisted, now revered

After the first International House opened in New York in 1924, the visionaries behind it — Harry Edmonds and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. — chose Berkeley for their second location. The Bay Area was the American point of entry from Asia and claimed the largest number of foreign students on the West Coast. 

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The Campanile residents

Some 20 tons of ancient fossils are housed in the Campanile. UC paleontologists excavated most of them in the early 1900s from tar pits in prehistoric Los Angeles, and our collection includes, among many animals, the remains of saber-toothed cats, horses, camels, ground sloths, and vultures, which fed on animals caught in the tar.

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22 Nobel Prizes over time

Berkeley faculty have won 22 Nobel Prizes over time — eight in physics, seven in chemistry, five in economics, one in literature, and one in physiology.

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The impact of scholarship support

In 1897, Levi Strauss, co-inventor of the blue jean, endowed the first scholarships at Cal — 28 in all. Building on that legacy, scholarship support from private donors today enables Berkeley to fulfill its public mission and accept students based on their ability to achieve — not on their capacity to pay.

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