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Yale History Timeline: 1850 - 1859

1850 - 1859

1850 The total endowment at this time was $180,489.59.
1850 Yale enrollment was 555.
1851 Graduates of Yale College 1702-1851 numbered 6,093.
Jul 27 1852 Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy authorized by the Corporation to be given in the Department of Philosophy and the Arts.
1852 Organization of a School of Engineering under Professor William Augustus Norton.
1852 First award of the DeForest Prize; established for the Senior who "shall write and pronounce an English oration in the best manner."
1854 The name Yale Scientific School applied to the School of Applied Chemistry and School of Engineering.
1854 Yung Wing graduated, the first Chinese student to graduate from an American college.
1856 Fund-raising pamphlets issued: Proposed Plan for a complete organization of the School of Science and Appeal in Behalf of the Yale Scientific School, with an Appendix.
1857 Cortland Van Renssalaer Creed graduated from the medical school, the first African American graduate of Yale.
Oct 30 1858 Joseph E. Sheffield, Esq., conveyed to the President and Fellows of Yale College a deed to property on the northeast corner of Grove and Prospect streets for the use of the Scientific School.  His gifts and bequests for equipment and endowment ultimately exceeded $1,000,000.


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