Shirley Tilghman is the nineteenth president of Princeton University, and is the first woman to hold the position. Tilghman served on the Princeton faculty for fifteen years before being named President. A native of Canada, Tilghman was educated at Queen's University and Temple University. She is a renowned molecular biologist, known particularly for her pioneering research in mammalian developmental genetics. She served as a member of the National Research Council's committee that set the blueprint for the U.S. effort in the Human Genome Project and was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project Initiative for the National Institutes of Health.
In 2002, Tilghman was one of five winners of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. In the following year, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, and in 2007, she was awarded the Genetics Society of America Medal for outstanding contributions to her field. Tilghman is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the Royal Society of London. She chairs the Association of American Universities and serves as a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and as a director of Google Inc.
Transcript: I can’t . . . I don’t think that there is a single person who I would identify. I think there are many people whose ideas in various areas of human endeavor who I really admire. I would say one of them is Kwame Anthony Appiah, who is a faculty member at Princeton who has written, I think, quite brilliantly about an issue that I think is extraordinarily important, which is the nature of identity and how we translate our national identities, our ethnic identities, our religious identities into living in a cosmopolitan world. So there is something who is a philosopher and who I greatly admire.