The Julius Silver, Roslyn S. Silver, and Enid Silver Winslow Professorships are the product of a 2002 bequest made by the estate of Julius Silver, an attorney, philanthropist, and 1922 graduate of NYU.
Meant to strengthen the faculty of Arts & Science, emphasize the importance of undergraduate education, and ensure the advancement of the sciences at NYU, the Silver Professorships are one of the University's highest honors: the most prestigious named professorship NYU can offer its faculty. Silver Professors are chosen in recognition of their many accomplishments, as well as their exemplary commitment to undergraduate education. The bequest enabled NYU to establish 75 Silver Professors, with two-thirds among the faculty of Arts & Science and one third in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Having reached that benchmark, Silver Professorships are now filled as they become vacant.
At some point after their induction, Silver Professors write a paper relevant to their respective fields, published here as The Julius Silver, Roslyn S. Silver, and Enid Silver Winslow Dialogues in Arts and Science.