Union alum, Nobel Prize winner featured on KET

Published on
January 10, 2019

Photo of Dr. Phillip A. SharpUnion College alum and Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Phillip A. Sharp was recently featured on Kentucky to the World on KET.

A non-profit organization, Kentucky to the World aims to promote a positive image of Kentucky both at home and beyond. Its programs feature outstanding individuals with strong ties to the state in order to encourage change and inspire others.

Dr. Sharp graduated from Union College in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois before joining MIT in 1974 as a research scientist. Dr. Sharp was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine on December 10, 1993. In addition to numerous awards and honors Dr. Sharp has also received the 1988 Union College Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award and in 1993 was inducted into the Union College Hall of Fame. The Sharp Academic Center on Union’s campus is named in honor of Dr. Sharp and his wife Ann.

During his interview, Dr. Sharp was asked about his alma mater and why he chose a small college. “(Growing up,) I lived on a farm, went to a small school, was part of a very tight, small community and I was concerned that if I went to a big state school, I would get lost in the shuffle. So, I decided that it would be better to go to a small school, where I wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle. So, I selected Union College,” explained Dr. Sharp. “Luckily, they accepted me because it’s the only school I applied to, I don’t recommend that these days.”

The program first aired on November 5 and is scheduled to air again Sunday, January 13 and Sunday, January 20. You can also view the program at unionky.edu/sharpvid.