List of University of California, Berkeley alumni

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This page lists notable alumni and students of the University of California, Berkeley. Alumni who also served as faculty are listed in bold font, with degree and year.

Notable faculty members are in the article List of UC Berkeley faculty.

Nobel laureates[edit]

Alumni of the University of California, Berkeley
Steve Wozniak, BS 1986, co-founder of Apple Computer
Gordon Moore, BS 1950, co-founder of semiconductor company Intel
Willis Lamb, BS 1934, PhD 1938, Nobel laureate (1955, Physics)
Thomas Schelling, BA 1944, Nobel laureate (2005, Economics)
Hamilton O. Smith, BA 1952, Nobel laureate (1978, Physiology or Medicine)
Robert Laughlin, BA 1972, Nobel laureate (1998, Physics)
Andrew Fire, BA 1978, Nobel laureate (2006, Physiology or Medicine)
Thomas J. Sargent, BA 1964, Nobel laureate (2011, Economics)
David J. Wineland, BA 1965, Nobel laureate (2012, Physics)
Dana Scott, BS 1954, Turing Award laureate (1976)
1983 Turing Award laureate Ken Thompson (left), BS 1965, MS 1966, with fellow laureate and colleague Dennis Ritchie (right); together, they created Unix
The computer mouse was invented by 1997 Turing Award laureate Doug Engelbart, B. Eng. 1952, Ph.D. 1955
Barbara Liskov, BA Math 1961, Turing Award laureate (2008)
Charles P. Thacker, BA Physics 1967, Turing Award laureate (2009)
Leonard Adleman, BA Math 1969, PhD EECS 1976, Turing Award laureate (2002)
Jay Miner, BS 1959, "father of the Amiga" computer
Academy Award winning actor Gregory Peck, BA 1939
Emmy- and Golden Globe Award- award winning actress Kathy Baker, BA 1977
Academy Award winning documentary director Freida Lee Mock, BA 1961
Scott Adams, MBA 1986, creator of the comic strip Dilbert
Singer Susanna Hoffs, BA 1980, of The Bangles
Natalie Coughlin, BA 2005, Olympic gold medalist; the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympics[1]
Jonny Moseley, BA 2007, Olympic gold medalist
Alex Morgan, BA 2010, Olympic gold medalist
Tom Anderson, BA 1998, Co-founder and president of MySpace
Astronaut James van Hoften, BS 1966
Astronaut F. Drew Gaffney, BA 1968
Astronaut Margaret Rhea Seddon, BS 1970
Astronaut Leroy Chiao, BS 1983, "first Asian-American and ethnic Chinese to perform a spacewalk"[2]
Astronaut Rex Walheim, BS 1984, member of the "Final Four"[3][4] astronauts who flew on the very last Space Shuttle flight of STS-135
Space tourist and Microsoft billionaire Charles Simonyi, BS 1972
Roxann Dawson, BA 1980, actress (B'Elanna Torres on the television series Star Trek: Voyager), director, author, and playwright
Chris Pine, BA 2002, actor (Captain James T. Kirk in the 2009 Academy Award-winning[5] film Star Trek)
John Cho, BA 1996, actor (portrayed Hikaru Sulu in the 2009 Academy Award-winning[5] film Star Trek and portrayed Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar film series)
Captain Glen Edwards, BS 1941, namesake of Edwards Air Force Base (where the space shuttle has landed 53 times[6])
Lillian Moller Gilbreth, BA 1900, MA 1902, industrial/organizational psychologist and subject of the book (and film) Cheaper by the Dozen
GTK was created by Peter Mattis, BS 1997

See also: List of Nobel laureates associated with UC Berkeley

Turing Award laureates[edit]

The Turing Award is considered to be the "Nobel Prize" of computer science.

Academy Award[edit]

Pulitzer Prize[edit]

Emmy Award[edit]

Fields Medal[edit]

Wolf Prize[edit]

National Medal of Science[edit]

National Medal of Technology[edit]

Gödel Prize[edit]

MacArthur Fellowship[edit]

The MacArthur Fellowship is also known as the "Genius Grant"[129][130][131] or "Genius Award"[132][133]


Arts and media[edit]

Business and entrepreneurship[edit]

See also: Science and technology, Haas School of Business.

Politics and government[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

See also: Academia, Business, UC Berkeley College of Chemistry, Law


Religion, spirituality, and lifestyle[edit]


See also[edit]


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