John D. Rockefeller, the founder of the University of Chicago, gave a total of $35 million to the university and called it "the best investment I ever made."

A century of scholarship and scientific discovery at the University of Chicago has brought:

* The first Nobel Prize for an American scientist (1907).

* A total of 62 Nobel laureates among faculty and graduates.

* The first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction (1942).

* 118 alumni currently serving as presidents or provosts of colleges and universities in the United States.

* Discovery of the atmosphere's jet stream.

* The first department of sociology in the US.

* The first university extension program of evening and Saturday classes in the US.

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