Wiess School of Natural Sciences
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A WIESS SCHOOL HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1990 - 1999

Timeline 1990-1999

1991

A building for biosciences and bioengineering—George R. Brown Hall, named for the longtime chair of the Rice board—is completed following a five-year, $25 million fundraising initiative by IBB. The new building houses IBB and brings together faculty from BCB, chemistry and chemical engineering.

1993

Jim Kinsey is named provost.

1993

The Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology, the first university-based research institute dedicated to nanotechnology in the United States, is established under the leadership by Rick Smalley.

1993

Malcolm Gillis becomes Rice's sixth president after Rupp resigns (later appointed president of Columbia University). A native of Marianna, Florida, Gillis received his A.A. from Chipola Junior College, his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His first academic position was as an assistant professor of economics at Duke University, followed by a 15-year stint at Harvard. He returned to Duke in 1984 as professor of economics and of public policy. In 1990, he was named Z. Smith Reynolds Distinguished Professor in Public Policy before leaving Duke to lead Rice.

1996

Smalley, Curl and Kroto win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckyballs. This marks the first time a Nobel is awarded for a discovery made on Rice’s campus.

1997

Dell Butcher Hall is relocated from its former home on campus to a new facility on the northwest corner of campus.

1998

Kathleen Matthews becomes dean (on Rice faculty since 1972).

1998

Rice opens Dell Butcher Hall, a new 83,000 square-foot building dedicated to nanotechnology research. The building houses members of the chemistry, physics and electrical and computer engineering departments.

1998

Rice undergraduates win 27 National Science Foundation Fellowships—the most in the university's history—placing Rice first in the nation in the percentage of students who received this honor.

1999

The Geology & Geophysics Department changes to the Department of Earth Science.

1999

Rice enrollment stands at approximately 2,750 undergraduate students and 1,550 graduate and professional students. As of this year, Rice has conferred 30,627 undergraduate and 13,580 graduate and professional degrees.