Professor Carl L. Becker


Carl L. Becker
September 7, 1873-April 10, 1945
College of Arts and Sciences
Cornell University Faculty 1917-1941 


Carl L. Becker was a distinguished professor of American and European history, known for his inspirational teaching. A prolific writer, his works were influential at every level - from the highest echelons of the academy to secondary-school classrooms. He captured the spirit of the university with a phrase that has become a Cornell trademark: freedom and responsibility. (Becker's landmark book in which he expounds on this ideal is available online through the Cornell Library: 


Carl Becker will forever be remembered for the impact he had as a teacher, his eminence as a scholar and for his distinguished service to the university in his role as University Historian.