David Latimer



Cross-country runner David Latimer concluded an eventful undergraduate career at Vanderbilt with a flourish in 1997 when he became the school’s first recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship in 14 years. Latimer, a double major in physics and mathematics, lettered in cross country in his junior and senior seasons and represented the team in the season-ending SEC Championships and District IX Championships. Those athletic accomplishments supplemented his already impressive academic resume – his undergraduate work in theoretical cardiac electrophysiology was published in multiple conference journals – to help Latimer earn the chance to study at Oxford following his graduation from Vanderbilt. Latimer continued his academic work following his return to the United States and is currently a physics professor at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

  • 26th and most recent Vanderbilt student to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship
  • Received Ph. D. from Oxford in 2002
  • As a senior in 1997, posted fifth-fastest Vanderbilt time at the SEC Championships and the fourth-fastest Vanderbilt time at the District IX Championships, both personal records
  • 1998 Vanderbilt Male Student-Athlete of the Year
  • 1998 Graduated Phi Beta Kappa
  • GTE Academic All-American
  • Conducted biophysics research as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt
  • Currently a faculty member in the Department of Physics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.