Early Asian 

Alumni at Cornell 



Jose Reyes (Class of 1904)

Manila, Philippine Islands

Mr. Reyes was one of the first Filipino students to enroll in studies at Cornell University. In 1902, Mr. Reyes entered the university as a graduate student in the College of Architecture. After two years, Mr. Reyes left Cornell with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. 

Antonio Torres (Class of 1905)

Manila, Phillipine Islands

Mr. Torres was the second Filipino student to enroll and graduate from Cornell University. Mr. Torres matriculated in the College of Law in 1902 and graduated in 1905. After his time at Cornell, Mr. Torres returned to Manila. Years later he became the chief of the Manila Police Department. As the department chief, he cracked down on vices such as gambling and prostitution. He also significantly improved traffic conditions by commissioning strategic public works and instituting new safety guides.  

Francisco Agcaoili (Class of 1907)

Philippine Islands

While at Cornell, Mr. Agcaoili was a very distinguished musician. Mr. Agcaoili was the composer of the Cosmopolitan Club march, leader of the Club Orchestra, member of the Filipino Sextetto, and first violin of the University Orchestra.

Tomas Mapua (Class of 1911)

Philippine Islands

Mr. Mapua graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1911. He was the first registered architect in the Philippines, holding Certificate No. 1. In 1925, he founded the Mapua Institute of Technology to provide technological education for the working class. It was also the first modern architectural school in the Philippines.

Victor Buencamino (Class of 1911)

Philippine Islands

Mr. Buencamino began his studies at Cornell in 1908. He graduated in 1911 with the degree of Doctor in Veterinary Medicine. He was the first Filipino to earn this degree. Mr. Buencamino was also instrumental in the founding of the College of Veterinary Science in the University of the Philippines. 

Manuel A. Gonzalez (Class of 1914)

Bautista Pang, Philippine Islands

Manuel "Prexy" Gonzales enrolled in 1911 and spent three years at Cornell. He graduated in 1914. While at Cornell, Manuel studied agriculture, but is perhaps best known for his club involvement and passionate views. He was reported to be an ardent champion of Philippine independence and simultaneously a major proponent of cosmopolitanism. He served as the Cosmopolitan Club president for his entire three years at Cornell. Manuel was also part of the dramatic club, student conference committee, junior general committee, and the Aero Club. 

Bernabe Malvar Y Maloles (Class of 1914)

Batangas, Philippine Islands

Mr. Malvar Y Maloles entered the university in 1910 and graduated four years later in 1914. Bernabe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He was the son of Miguel Malvar y Carpio, a Filipino general who served during the Philippine Revolution and Philippine-American War. Mr. Malvar Y Maloles was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club during his years at Cornell. 

Nai Nab Salakshana (Class of 1914)

Bangkok, Siam (Thailand)

Mr. Salakshana graduated with an undergraduate degree in agriculture. While at Cornell, he was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club.  

Nai Tee (Class of 1914)

Bangkok, Siam (Thailand)

Mr. Tee was the first Thai student to enroll in studies at Cornell University. He came to Cornell in 1912 and studied at the university for two years. In 1914, Mr. Tee graduated with a degree in agriculture. During his time at Cornell, he was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club.

Francisco Fronda (Class of 1920 and 1922)

Aliaga, Nueva Ecija, Philippine Islands

Dr. Fronda earned both his master's and doctorate degrees from Cornell University. He earned his master's degree in 1920 and he earned his doctorate in 1922; both degrees were in animal husbandry. He was one of the first five people in the world to earn a degree in Poultry Science. Dr. Fronda was named "Father of Poultry Science in the Philippines." He was also named National Scientist by the Philippine Government. 

Lang Chandrastitya (Class of 1923)

Siam (Thailand)

Mr. Chandrastitya earned a M.S. from Cornell. He was one of the three pioneers who founded Kasetsart University. He served as the President of Kasetsart University, the Thai Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and the Thai Director-General of the Department of Agriculture.

Neilanin Band (Class of 1931 and 1933)

Siam (Thailand)

Dr. Band served as the Dean of Faculty of Science at Chulalongkorn University and also served as the President of Chulalongkorn University. He was also a member of the Royal Academy of Science. 

Chote Suvatti (Class of 1933)

Bangkok, Siam (Thailand)

Mr. Suvatti entered Cornell in the Fall of 1929. After three years, he graduated with a B.S. in agriculture. Mr. Suvatti attended Cornell as a "Prince Mahidol" scholarship student. He was a specialist in aquatic botanicals, taxonomy, and scientific drawing. In 1937, he became a member of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for the Thai Ministry of Agriculture. Mr. Suvatti also served as the Dean of Faculty of Fisheries at  Kasetsart University. One puffer fish species (Tetraodon suvatti) was named in his honor. 

M.C. Chakrabandu (Class of 1941)

Siam (Thailand)

Dr. Chakrabandu was best known as a rice researcher and Thai songwriter. He served as the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture in Siam and President of Kasetsart University. He was fundamental in founding the Rice Department of Kasetsart University, where he served as the first director of the department.  He also served as Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Privy Councilor member, and co-founder of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Eva Beatriz-Gonzales (Class of 1951 and 1958)

Manila, Philippine Islands

Dr. Beatriz-Gonzales is the first Filipina to earn both her master's and doctoral degree from Cornell.  She began her master's degree in 1950 and graduated one year later. In 1955, she began her doctoral degree and graduated in 1958. Her dissertation was titled: The Educational Philosophy of Teachers of Home and Family Courses in the Public General Secondary Schools of Luzon, Philippines.

Leonarda Martinez Jurado (Class of 1953)

Quezon City, Philippine Islands

Dr. Jurado was the first Filipina to receive her Ph.D. from Cornell. Dr. Juardo enrolled in her graduate program in 1951 and completed her degree in 1953. 

Dau Minh Nguyen (Class of 1954)

Hanoi, Saigon (Vietnam)

Miss Nguyen is one of the earliest Vietnamese students to attend Cornell. She spent one year at Cornell and received her A.M. degree in 1954. Her thesis was titled: A Study of the Importance of the Kindergarten in Education. 

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