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1990 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Ernest L. Boyer*

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"You can't do it all alone."

Ernest L. Boyer was seven when he started helping his father with door-to-door sales during the Depression. Boyer envisioned helping his father with a typewriter business, another of his father's sidelines. After receiving his bachelor's degree, Boyer decided to go on to do graduate study at Ohio State University before completing master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California. He did postdoctoral work in medical audiology at the University of Iowa Hospital and served as a visiting fellow at Cambridge University in 1976. In 1985, he was named Distinguished Fulbright Professor for India.

Boyer began his teaching career at Loyola University in Los Angeles as an assistant professor and director of forensics. He served four years as academic dean of Upland College in California. In 1965, he became vice chancellor and executive dean of the State University of New York and was appointed chancellor in 1970.

* Deceased