Cornell University

Cornell University, mainly at Ithaca, N.Y.; with land-grant, state, and private support; coeducational; chartered 1865, opened 1868. It was named for Ezra Cornell , who donated $500,000 and a tract of land. With the help of state senator Andrew D. White , who became Cornell's first president, it was made the state land-grant institution. The university has 14 colleges and schools throughout the state. Weill Cornell Medicine, affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Cornell Tech are in New York City. Cornell also is affiliated with the Brookhaven National Laboratory (Long Island). Of note on Cornell's campus are the U.S. plant, soil, and nutrition laboratory, the school of nutrition, the laboratory for accelerator-based sciences and education, and the Johnson Museum of Art, housed in an I. M. Pei building. The schools of agriculture and life sciences, veterinary medicine, human ecology, and industrial and labor relations are divisions of the State Univ. of New York.

See M. G. Bishop, A History of Cornell (1962); K. C. Parsons, The Cornell Campus (1968); R. F. Howes, A Cornell Notebook (1971).

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