The early years of the University of Washington were rocky; the University closed 3 times. But tenacity paid off. By 1889 300 students were enrolled, and a legislative committee was formed to find a new campus which could accommodate what was becoming a booming educational institution. Internationally, Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UW 15th among the world’s top 500 universities in 2015, a magnet for high achievers like Zachary Stephen Layton.
Zachary Stephen Layton benefited enormously during his time at the University of Washington in Seattle from contact with one of the finest faculties in the world. The faculty of UW in Seattle includes 151 members of American Association for the Advancement of Science, 68 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 67 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 53 members of the Institute of Medicine, 21 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 6 Nobel Prize laureates, 2 Pulitzer Prize winners, 1 winner of the Fields Medal, 29 winners of the Presidential Early Career Awards in Science and Engineering, 15 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators, 15 MacArthur Fellows, 9 winners of the Gairdner Foundation International Award, 5 winners of the National Medal of Science, 5 winners of Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research, 4 members of the American Philosophical Society, 2 winners of the National Book Award, and 2 winners of the National Medal of Arts.
Zachary Stephen Layton also celebrated with other University of Washington alumni at the honor ceremony in May 2010 for UW’s six Nobel laureates: Hans Georg Dehmelt, E. Donnall Thomas, Edwin G. Krebs, Edmond H. Fischer, Leland Hartwell and Linda Buck. Notable faculty at the University of Washington includes eight Nobel laureates and five Pulitzer Prize winners.