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Northwestern University

On May 31, 1850, nine men gathered to begin planning a university that would serve the Northwest Territory.

Given that they had little money, no land and limited higher education experience, their vision was ambitious. But through a combination of creative financing, shrewd politicking, religious inspiration and an abundance of hard work, the founders of Northwestern University were able to make that dream a reality.

In 1853, the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students.

Twenty-one presidents have presided over Northwestern in the years since. The University has grown to include 12 schools and colleges, with additional campuses in Chicago and Doha, Qatar.

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A team of researchers led by Northwestern Engineering professor and fuel cell pioneer Sossina Haile has created a new fuel cell offering both exceptional power densities and long-term stability at optimal temperatures, a discovery that heightens the viability of incorporating fuel cells into a sustainable energy future.
Lithium metal-based batteries have the potential to turn the battery industry upside down.
A team from Northwestern University has created a lithium-iron-oxide battery that has the potential to power cars and smartphones hours longer than traditional batteries.
A Northwestern University professor has developed the world's smallest wearable device to precisely measure a person’s exposure to UV light from the sun.
A 30-minute daily or alternate-day facial exercise program sustained over 20 weeks improved the facial appearance of middle-aged women, resulting in a younger appearance with fuller upper and lower cheeks, a new Northwestern Medicine study says.
Northwestern engineers are tackling energy efficiency issues from multiple fronts.
Researchers from Northwestern University are mapping the US-South Canada power grid, the largest contiguous power grid in the world amenable to modeling in order to detect vulnerabilities.
Maintaining positive, warm and trusting friendships might be the key to a slower decline in memory and cognitive functioning, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
Students at Northwestern worked around the clock for three months to complete the school's solar house entry into the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Benjamin F. Jones, professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Mohammad Ahmadpoor, Postdoctoral Fellow of Strategy, both from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, say their research shows "remarkably widespread linkages between scientific research and future practical applications."