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Founded in 1838, Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, named after the university‚ great benefactor James Buchanan Duke‚ deceased father, Washington Duke. Its campus spans over 8,600 acres on three campuses in Durham as well as a marine lab in Beaufort.
The main campus ‚ designed largely by architect Julian Abele ‚ incorporates Gothic architecture with the looming presence of Duke Chapel, the campus' centerpiece that seats nearly 1,600 people and contains a 5,200-pipe organ.
Duke is the seventh-wealthiest private university in America and in 2014, Thomson Reuters named 32 of Duke's professors to its list of Highly Cited Researchers. Ten Nobel laureates and three Turing Award winners are also affiliated with the university, which is the second-largest private employer in the state of North Carolina. From its early days as Brown‚ Schoolhouse, Duke has evolved into a global academic and research powerhouse.
Its Levine Science Research Center is the largest single-site interdisciplinary research facility of any American university, and in 2014 Duke spread its tentacles eastwards, opening a Chinese outpost, Duke Kunshan University, which blends an American-style liberal arts education with Chinese traditions.