Rice University

The William Marsh Rice University, shortly Rice University is a private university in the U.S. in Houston, Texas. Although not as well known as other private universities, it is one of the best universities in the country. Currently, 4,810 students are enrolled. The university is a member of the Association of American Universities, an existing association of leading research-intensive since 1900, North American universities.


The cotton merchant, William Marsh Rice William Marsh Rice founded 1891, the Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art in order for it to show in the city of Houston gratitude that he had brought it here to his great wealth. The Memorandum provided that the Rice Institute should be officially opened until after his death. After Rice's assassination in 1900, a long dispute over inheritance, the Institute commenced in 1912 with 77 male and female, but only white students to teaching on. In 1960, the Rice Institute was officially renamed the William Marsh Rice University. Since 1966, non-white students are included.


The Rice University conducts cutting-edge research in many areas. So it is closely connected with the space program of the United States. In 1963 there was the first institute of Space Physics in the United States was founded. The University donated the NASA also a large part of the site is at today, the Johnson Space Center, that coordinates all U.S. space flights of the.

Even in the basic research, the University is a world leader. Their regular professors Richard E. Smalley and Robert F. Curl, together with the British chemist Harold Kroto W. 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of fullerenes.

In addition to the natural sciences and the economic and social sciences play an important role at Rice University. In 1990, the World Economic Summit was held at the university. At the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and regular events with top U.S. politicians instead.


The sports teams at Rice University are the Owls. The university is a member of Conference USA.



  • Lorenzo Williams, basketball player
  • Rodney Foster, Basketball Player
  • Stephen Yip, composer and organist
  • Lola Astanova, concert pianist