Pitt: 225 Years of Building Better Lives

Pitt's Legacy

  • Pitt researchers led by Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine in 1955.

  • Pitt surgeons have performed 17,000+ organ transplants, making Pittsburgh the world’s transplantation capital.

  • Pitt medicine professor Peter Safar pioneered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  • Research by Pitt’s Maud Menten laid the groundwork for modern drug therapy and biochemistry.

  • A Pitt team led by P.G. Katsoyannis was the first to synthesize insulin.

  • Pitt established the first critical care department in a U.S. medical school.

  • In 1932, a Pitt team led by Charles Glen King isolated and identified the chemical structure of vitamin C.

  • The first heavier-than-air powered aircraft to make a sustained flight was created by Pitt astronomer Samuel Langley.

  • Pitt’s Yuan Chang and Patrick Moore isolated the virus that causes epidemic cancer among HIV/AIDS patients.

  • Pitt's writing program is one of the oldest and largest in the United States.

  • Pitt won 3 awards and 1 honorable mention in the 2015 Carnegie Science Awards competition.

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Achievements & Honors

Pitt students, alumni, and faculty members have won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, Rhodes Scholarships, and NCAA championships, among many other honors.


Chancellor Patrick Gallagher portrait


The University's administration is led by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and overseen by a Board of Trustees with input from faculty, staff, and student shared-governance organizations and support from various offices.


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Take a photo tour and explore an interactive map the 132-acre Pittsburgh campus, located in the city's Oakland neighborhood. You can also search for specific buildings.

Pitt's regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville offer the advantages and environment of liberal arts colleges along with the resources and prestige of a major research university.

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Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Pitt people have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.