Andrew Carnegie


Carnegie Building

The Fantasy Carnegie Building Poll

This project was intended as a fun experiment to see who the faculty and students of Bucknell would have on their ideal Carnegie Building. All contenders submitted by Bucknell faculty, and faculty and students voted.

See the winners of the Fantasy Carnegie Building

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Scientists and Mathematicians


No opinion


Charles Darwin

(German mathematician)


Carl Friedrich Gauss

J. Willard Gibbs (thermodynamics)

James Clerk Maxwell

Gregor Mendel
(father of genetics)

Louis Pasteur (developed germ theory & rabies vaccine)

Joseph Priestley (discovered oxygen)



No opinion

Marie Curie

Albert Einstein

Richard Feynman
(quantum electrodynamics)

Rosalind Franklin (biophysicist)

Guido Fubini
(Italian mathematician with cool name)

Robert Koch (bacteriology)

Lise Meitner

Emmy Noether

Alfred Russel Wallace (British naturalist and biologist)

Watson and Crick
(co-discoverers of the structure of DNA)

Andrew Wiles (mathematician)



No opinion

Jeremy Bentham (founder of utilitarianism)

Gautama Buddha


Rene Descartes (mathematician/philosopher)

Thomas Hobbes (political philosopher)

John Locke (basis for American law and government)

Karl Marx

Friedrich Nietzsche

John Stuart Mill (political economist/philosopher)

Adam Smith (founder of modern economics)


No opinion

Simone de Beauvoir (feminist existentialist)

Jacques Derrida (developed deconstruction)

John Dewey (founded pragmatism)

William James (theologian)

Ayn Rand (objectivism)

John Rawls (liberal political philosophy)

Jean-Paul Sartre (existentialism)

Ludwig Wittgenstein (logic/philosophy of language)

Literary Figures


No opinion

Jane Austen

Cervantes (Don Quixote)

Charles Dickens

Emily Dickinson


Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot)

Kabirdas (15th century Indian saint)

Omar Khayyam (medieval Persian poet)

Sappho (7th century BCE Greek poet)

Murasaki Shikibu (female Japanese poet)

Harriet Beecher Stowe (anti-slavery movement)

Walt Whitman

Names originally on building, but have since been removed:





No opinion

T.S. Eliot

Rachel Carson (environmental movement)

Robert Frost

Langston Hughes

James Joyce

Franz Kafka

Dylan Thomas

Virginia Woolf

William Butler Yeats



No opinion

Simón Bolívar


Frederick Douglass

Queen Elizabeth I

Thomas Jefferson

Queen Victoria



No opinion

Winston Churchill


Vaclav Havel (first president of the Czech Republic)

John F. Kennedy

Nelson Mandela

Jawaharlal Nehru

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt

Mao Tse-Tung


New Categories
(Musicians, Activists, Social Scientists)


No opinion

Johann Sebastian Bach

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (American activist for women's suffrage)



No opinion

Sigmund Freud

Martin Luther King


Mother Jones (union organizer)

Margaret Sanger (American activist for the development of birth control)

Ralph Spielman (sociologist)

Food Moguls

No opinion

Jared (Subway)

Ray Kroc (McDonald's)


Colonel Sanders (KFC)

Dave Thomas (Wendy's)

Who should we remove?

No opinion






All of the statesmen and replace with another category

No one what's done is done

Take them all off and add an electronic diode band running around the building so we can change the names whenever we want, and then mix and match them in accordance with current issues or fashions.

The Winners

Albert Einstein Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mohandas K. Gandhi Charles Darwin
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Marie Curie
Jean-Paul Sartre Karl Marx



Quotes from the Faculty:


"[Rosalind Franklin] was a biophysicist who pioneered the study of molecular structures. She first found evidence of the helical structure of a DNA molecule; her contributions to science are largely overlooked by history, because Watson and Crick effectively stole her thunder by using her work to support their own observations of DNA's structure."

-- Dr. Elizabeth Capaldi
Assistant Professor of Biology and Animal Behavior


"James Clerk Maxwell should have been included - he is still regarded as probably the third greatest physicist (behind Newton and Einstein) and his contributions were already appreciated by 1905. His equations for electricity and magnetism unified seemingly distinct phenomena, revealed what light is, and planted the seeds for understanding relativity. On top of that, he did extremely important work in thermodynamics."

-- Dr. Ben Vollmayr-Lee
Associate Professor of Physics


"Louis Pasteur. He made breakthrough contributions to our understanding of microorganisms and their involvement in biological processes, especially as causes of disease. This led to the development of vaccines, aseptic techniques in medicine, and pasteurization, all of which have been invaluable advances for health and the quality of life."

-- Dr. Kevin Myers
Assistant Professor of Psychology



"John Dewey - As someone in the field of education, I contuinue to find the work of John Dewey to be provocative and useful. He proposed a new kind of education that was remarkable in its day and continues to influence and challenge our notions of what it means to be well educated. In addition, his significant contributions to philosophy, the arts, psychology, and education demonstrate that he was one of the most influential minds of the 2oth century."

-- Dr. Abe Feuerstein
Associate Professor of Education


"I would advocate [John Stuart] Mill or [John] Locke over Hegel...Surely, Mill's liberalism and consequentialism - or Locke's defense of property rights - lay the philosophical groundwork, more so than Hegel, for the advance of (a) American political theory, (b) contemporary political philosophy, and even (c) American triumphalism."

-- Dr. Michael E. Johnson-Cramer
Assistant Professor of Management


"A mischievous choice, to be panned by my philosophical colleagues, would be Ayn Rand, who has probably been read by more people than all the other dead white men combined."

-- Dr. P. Aarne Vesilind
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Literary Figures

"I would have originally added Sappho, the 7th century BCE poetess from the Greek isle of Lesbos. She should have been included simply because of the beauty and imagery of her poetry, of course, but also because she very nearly offers us the only portrait of life in early Greek antiquity in a woman's voice."

-- Dr. Stephanie Larson
Assistant Professor of Classics


"Walt Whitman - because this list needs a rustic."

-- Dr. Thomas Cassidy
Assistant Professor of Mathematics



"Thomas Jefferson - I think Jefferson's commitment to the concepts of public education and religious freedom - in addition to numerous other contributions - make him a good fit. Also, if he hadn't created UVA I might never have made it to Bucknell!"

-- Dr. Abe Feuerstein
Associate Professor of Education


"[Winston] Churchill is also in this category of world influence. Not only was he probably the main rallying point for democracy when England more or less was going it alone in the Second World War, for good or ill he was also a significant player in the British government since about 1905...He coined the phrase 'Iron Curtain' and certainly affected the Cold War through his policies, as well as presiding over the intial breakup of the British empire. On top of all this, he was also a writer of sufficient merit to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature."

-- Dr. Brian Williams
Associate Professor of Chemistry


New Categories

"Martin Luther King Jr. The great historical issue that never goes away in America is race, and Dr. King did more to change race relations in this nation (and the cause of human emancipation in general) than anyone else in the modern era. He is the most important American of the 20th century, and number two isn't close."

-- Dr. John Hunter
Assistant Professor of Comparative Humanities


Food Moguls

"Which would you rather have: a bucket of golden crispy chicken, or a biography of William McKinley?"

-- anonymous



"McKinley, by common consensus a mediocre president, an architect of an unfortunate period of US imperialism, who had only recently been assassinated, thereby increasing his popularity just at the moment when the building was being planned. It's parallel to the large number of public facilities named for JFK in the 1960s. In both cases we now can see them as seriously flawed."

-- Dr. John Peeler
Professor of Political Science

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