The program for the 2017 annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History states, “The lecture has been named in honor of a man who was, perhaps, the most distinguished scholar and teacher to emerge from Iowa.”
Carl L. Becker (1873-1945) was born on a farm near Reinbeck, Iowa. His family moved to Waterloo, Iowa, and he later attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Becker received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1907. Becker taught at various universities, the last being Cornell University in New York from 1917-1941. His service to Cornell University has been honored by the naming of Carl Becker House on Cornell University’s West Campus. Becker was also a past president of the American Historical Association.