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.