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UC Davis Centennial
100 years of service, solutions, impact

Looking Back

UC Davis historical timeline



David P. Gardner is named university president, succeeding David S. Saxon.

The Bodega Marine Laboratory is added to UC Davis' roster of research and teaching facilities.


Chancellor James Meyer presides over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Food and Agricultural Sciences Building, later to bear his name.


UC Davis physicists develop an air-pollution monitoring device using a particle accelerator.


Image: 1987 Hullar

Theodore L. Hullar, chancellor of UC Riverside, is named the fourth chancellor, succeeding James H. Meyer.

Image: 1987 Roy Willis prize

The first UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement is awarded to history Professor F. Roy Willis.


UC Davis is named a national center for AIDS research. The campus leads the nation in the number of Ph.D.s awarded in the biological sciences.