Wendell M. Stanley, winner of the 1946 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for crystallizing the tobacco mosaic virus which led the way toward elucidating the structure of viruses, is an Earlham College graduate. The present day Chemistry Department is located in Stanley Hall which was named for him. Wendell Stanley's Nobel Prize medal is on display in the Science Commons Reading Room.
Each year, Earlham College grants the Wendell M. Stanley Senior Scholar-Athlete Award in honor of this distinguished alumni and outstanding student athlete. Wendell Stanley (Class of '26), received an Earlham Honorary Science degree in 1938 and a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1946. It is given to seniors who have combined significant participation in intercollegiate athletics with an unusually high level of academic achievement. Athletes are selected by the director of athletics in consultation with coaches and the dean of student development.
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