The Faculty History Project documents faculty members who have been associated with the University of Michigan since 1837. Key in this effort is to celebrate the intellectual life of the University. This Faculty History Website is intended as a component of the effort to document the extraordinary academic achievements of Michigan’s faculty in building and sustaining one of the world’s great universities. It provides access to a comprehensive database of information concerning the thousands of faculty members who have served the University of Michigan.
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List of Professors

Name Years at Michigansort icon Position

Norman Asa Wood

1896 - 1943
Emeritus Curator of Birds

Edward Bruce Williamson

1928 - 1933
Honorary Curator of Odonata, Museum of Zoology
Research Associatae Division of Insects Museum of Zoology

Milford H. Wolpoff

1971 - 2022
Professor of Anthropology
Research Scientist Museum of Anthropological Archaeology

Patricia S. Whitesell

1973 - 2005
Director & Curator of UM Detroit Observatory
Adjunct Lecturer in College of Literature, Science & the Arts
Director & Curator Emerita of UM Detroit Observatory

John D Speth

1976 - 2012
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Anthropology
Curator, North American Archaeology

Lauren E Talalay

1986 - 2013
Curator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Priscilla K. Tucker

1988 - 2021
Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Curator, Museum of Zoology