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The list of
University of California, San Diego people includes notable graduates, professors and administrators affiliated with University of California, San Diego in the United States.
Notable alumni [ edit ]
Art and architecture [ edit ]
Marcus Arneson, BA 2007. (International Relations) Attorney and author. He is currently working on the third, and final, novel in "The Unicorn That Never Was" trilogy.
Micha Cárdenas, MFA 2009. (Visual Arts) Contemporary artist.
Hung Liu, MFA 1986. (Visual Arts) Contemporary artist. 
Elle Mehrmand, MFA 2011. (Visual Arts) Contemporary artist.
Moyra Davey, MFA 1988. (Photography) Contemporary artist.
Dan Santat, BS 1998 (Microbiology) – Author and illustrator, creator of Disney's The Replacements
Athletics [ edit ]
Geoff Abrams, 2007 (MD), tennis player
Mark Allen, 1980 (Biology)- Six-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame; named the world’s fittest man by Outside magazine.
Randy Bennett, 1986 (Biology) – Saint Mary's College of California men's basketball head coach
Jie Li, BA 2006, (Political Science), Winner of the US ING Cup, Open, Costen, Texas Open and many other championships
Julie Swail, 1995 (Economics) – Olympian (women’s water polo); UC Irvine head coach
Vern Valdez. Defensive back for the American Football League Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and Los Angeles Rams
Bob Natal. MLB Catcher, Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins National League
Randy Bennett. Coach, Basketball St. Mary's College Moraga
Business [ edit ]
Garrett Gruener, BA, MA 1976. Co-founder of Ask-Jeeves.
Adam Moyer, MFA, 2008. Founder of Knockaround.
Greg Papadopoulos, BA 1979. Executive VP and CTA of Sun Microsystems.
Michael Robertson, BS. Founder of MP3.com, Lindows.com, and SIPphone.
Philip Rosedale, BS. Founder and CEO of Linden Lab. Creator of virtual 3D world Second Life.
Jason Snell, BA 1992 (Communications). Editorial director of and editor of Mac Publishing . Macworld
Jasper Kim, BA Economics, BA Third World Studies. CEO of Asia-Pacific Global Research Group.
Robert J. Pera, MS Electrical Engineering. Founder of Ubiquiti Networks
Computer science [ edit ]
Film, theatre, and television [ edit ]
Yareli Arizmendi, MFA (Acting), 1992. Actor in . Like Water for Chocolate
James Avery, BA (Theatre), 1976. Stage, screen and television actor who co-starred with Will Smith on the TV show . Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Rachel Axler, MFA (Playwriting), 2004. Emmy Award winning writer for and The Daily Show . Parks and Recreation
David Barrera, MFA (Acting), 1994. ALMA Award nominated actor for . 24
Hart Bochner, BA (Theatre), 1979. Film actor notably of . Breaking Away
Danny Burstein, MFA (Acting), 1990. Three time Tony Award nominated actor, Grammy Award nominee for . Follies
Ricardo Chavira, MFA (Acting), 2000. Actor notably of . Desperate Housewives
Steve Cosson, MFA (Directing), 2001. Obie Award winning artistic director of The Civilians.
Benicio del Toro, Did not graduate. Actor, notably of . Traffic 
Maria Dizzia, MFA (Acting), 2001. Tony Award nominee . In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Johnny Ray Gill, MFA (Acting), 2010. Series regular on and Harry's Law . Rectify
Michael Greif, MFA (Directing), 1985. Director of and former artistic director of Rent La Jolla Playhouse. Three time Tony Award nominee.
Naomi Iizuka, MFA (Playwriting), 1992.
Chane't Johnson, MFA (Acting), 2001. Television and film actor, she was also a coach for Denzel Whitaker.
Mike Judge, BS (Physics), 1985. Cartoonist/Director best known for , Beavis and Butt-head , and Office Space . Graduation speaker for the class of 2009. King of the Hill
Melanie Marnich MFA (Playwriting), 1998. Writer for , Jerome Fellowship from Big Love The Playwrights' Center.
Jefferson Mays, MFA (Acting), 1991. Tony Award winner, . I Am My Own Wife
Silas Weir Mitchell, MFA (Acting), 1995. Character actor and star of . Grimm
Joy Osmanski, MFA (Acting), 2003. Most notable credits include and The Loop . Allen Gregory
Neil Patel, MFA (Scenic Design), 1991. Broadway designer of , winner of Side Man Obie and Helen Hayes awards.
Jeanne Paulson, MFA (Acting), 1978. Tony Award nominee, . The Kentucky Cycle
Dileep Rao BA (Theatre), 1995. Film actor in , Avatar . Inception
Kellie Waymire, MFA (Acting), 1993. Best known for and roles on Star Trek: Enterprise , and Six Feet Under . Also a prolific One Life to Live regional theatre actress.
Wesley Chan, Ted Fu and Philip Wang, BA (Cinematography), 2006. Filmmaking trio known best collectively as Wong Fu Productions.
Paloma Young, MFA (Costume Design), 2006. Tony Award winner, Peter and the Starcatcher
Law and politics [ edit ]
Steve Peace, 1976 (Political Science) – California State Senator, 40th Senate District, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, California Journal of Legislator of the Year 2000; and producer of the 1970s cult film, “ Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.”
Victoria (Pike) Pynchon – Writer, lecturer, mediator, adjunct law professor at Pepperdine University School of Law
Timothy J. Roemer, BA 1979. Former Indiana Congressman and current president of the Center for National Policy.
John Shoven, BA 1969. Hoover Institute senior fellow
Literature [ edit ]
Debito Arudou, 1990 (IR/PS)- Author and Activist
Rex Pickett, 1976 (Literature & Visual 2Arts) – Author of Sideways
Greg Benford, 1967 Ph.D (Astrophysics)- Nebula Award Winner
David Brin, MS 1978 / Ph.D 1981(School of Engineering/AMES) Nebula and Hugo Award Winner. Science fiction author notably of , physicist. Uplift 
Raymond E. Feist, BA 1977(Communications). Author. 
Angela Davis, MA. Radical activist and philosopher. 
Mike Judge, BS 1985. Writer/producer notably of , Beavis and Butthead , and' King of the Hill Office Space
Nancy Holder, 1976 (Communications)- Bram Stoker Award winner
Aaron Krach, BA 1994 (Visual Arts)- Writer
Virgil Nemoianu, Ph.D 1971 (Literature)- Essayist, literary critic, philosopher of culture
Kim Stanley Robinson, 1974 (Literature); Ph.D. 1982 (Literature) – Two-time Nebula and Hugo Award winner
Vernor Vinge, 1971, Ph.D (Mathematics) – Hugo Award winner Science fiction author, computer scientist, and mathematician. Colin Flaherty—Writer and Journalist.
Music and entertainment [ edit ]
Mark Applebaum, Ph.D. Composer and Professor of Music at Stanford University
Milo Aukerman, Ph.D. Lead singer of punk rock band Descendents.
Chad Butler. Drummer of the rock band, Switchfoot.
Ben Leeds Carson, Ph.D. Composer and Associate Professor of Music at University of California, Santa Cruz
Chaya Czernowin, Ph.D. Composer and Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University
Paul Dresher, MA. Composer, guitarist, and improviser.
Nash Howe. Computer Music Composition and Vocalist.
Nathan East. Bass guitarist.
David Felder, Ph.D. Composer and SUNY Distinguished Professor at the University at Buffalo.
Trevor Grahl. Composer
Jon Foreman, Thurgood Marshall College. Guitarist of rock band Switchfoot.
Tim Foreman. Bassist of rock band Switchfoot.
David Evan Jones, Ph.D. Composer, Professor of Music, and Porter College Provost at UC Santa Cruz
Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Ph.D. Composer and Professor of Music at Stanford University.
Paul Phillips. Professional poker player
Kelly Kim. Professional poker player
Maria Ho. Professional poker player
John Warthen Struble. Composer, pianist, and author of The History of American Classical Music.
Public service [ edit ]
George Blumenthal, Ph.D (Physics) – Chancellor of University of California- Santa Cruz.
Kurt M. Campbell, B.A. – Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Sarah M. Debel, B.A.- Peace Corps volunteer, Philippines, 2010–2013.
Chris P. Hafner-Eaton, B.A.(86) Urban Planning & B.A. Visual Arts/Media (86); MPH (UCLA-88); PhD (UCLA-92) – U.S. Dept. Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Science Policy Analyst & Public Health Faculty [1 ]
Science, technology, medicine, and mathematics [ edit ]
Gregory Benford, MS 1965, Science fiction author and physicist; also on the faculty of University of California- Irvine.
Bruce Beutler, 1976 (Biology), 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Chu Ching-wu, Ph.D 1990 (Physics), US News World Reports Researcher of the Year.
Brian Druker, 1977 (Chemistry), 1981 (SOM), Oncologist/chief investigator who developed a new drug for leukemia treatment
Zachary Fisk, Ph.D. 1969 (Physics), Condensed matter physicist
David Goeddel, 1972 (Chemistry), first full-time scientist and director of Genentech’s molecular biology department; co-founder, president and CEO of Tularik, Inc. [2 ]
Khaled Hosseini, M.D., 1993 (Biology), Afghan-American novelist and physician; his 2003 debut novel, , was a #1 New York Times bestseller. The Kite Runner
Gerald Joyce, Ph.D. 1984 (Biology), Researcher, Scripps Institute
Antony Garrett Lisi, Ph.D. 1999 (Physics).
M. Brian Maple, Ph.D 1969 (Physics)
RDML Eleanor “Connie” Mariano, M.D., 1977 (Biology), Physician to the President of the United States; Director/White House Medical Unit (2000–2001)
Walter Munk, Ph.D., 1947 (SIO, Doc. of Philosophy), Oceanographer
George Perry (neuroscientist), Ph.D. 1979 (SIO), Leading researcher in Alzheimer's disease.
Maurizio Seracini, 1973 (Bioengineering).
Dan Thomassen, BS. (Chemistry)
Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D., Nobel Prize recipient for medicine for his work on antibody diversity.
Craig Venter, 1972, 1975 (Biology, School of Medicine) – President of Celera Genomics, the first private firm to decode the human genome.
Casey L. Winn, 2002 (Computer Science) – Credited with the creation of EverQuest, pioneer to current games such as EverQuest II and World of Warcraft
Distinguished faculty [ edit ]
David Antin – Visual Arts
Eleanor Antin – Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts
Percival Bazeley – Member of the Salk Polio vaccine team.
Kenneth Bowles – UCSD Pascal
Sydney Brenner – Nobel laureate in Medicine (2002)
Sheldon Brown (artist) – Director of Experimental Game Lab, Co-Director of Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, and Professor of Visual Arts
Keith Brueckner – theoretical physicist, National Academy of Sciences (Physics) member, and a founder the UCSD Department of Physics.
Geoffrey R. Burbidge – Professor known mostly for his alternative cosmology theory, which contradicts the Big Bang theory.
Margaret Burbidge – First to study and identify quasars. Carnegie fellowship winner (1947)
Craig Callender – philosopher of science
Micha Cárdenas – Artist/Theorist, Lecturer of Visual Arts and Critical Gender Studies, Collective Member of Lui Velazquez
Harold Cohen, English-born artist, creator of AARON
Lin Chao – Professor of Biology
Patricia Churchland – neurophilosopher
Paul Churchland – philosopher of mind and philosopher of science
Gary W. Cox – Professor of political science
Francis Crick – Nobel laureate in Physiology/Medicine (1962)
Paul Crutzen – Nobel laureate in Chemistry (1995) Charles Curtis (musician) – avant-garde musician / cellist
Chaya Czernowin – Celebrated Israeli composer and former professor of composition Anthony Davis (composer) – American opera composer, jazz pianist
Diana Deutsch – Professor of Psychology, known for her research on the psychology of music
Bram Dijkstra – Professor of English Literature (1966–2000)
Russell Doolittle – Professor of Chemistry, known for research on molecular evolution Mark Dresser – American double bass player and improviser
Renato Dulbecco – Nobel laureate in Physiology/Medicine (1975)
Jeffrey Elman – Psycholinguist and pioneer in the field of neural networks
Robert F. Engle – Nobel laureate in Economics (2003)
Robert Erickson – Composer
Ronald M. Evans – Discovered steroid & nuclear receptors. Lasker Award winner
Manny Farber – Film critic and painter
Gilles Fauconnier- Inventor of the modern day theory of conceptual blending.
George Feher – Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2006/7), National Academy of Sciences member, biophysicist Brian Ferneyhough – Composer, founder of New Complexity movement
David Noel Freedman – General editor of the Anchor Bible
Y.C. Fung – Considered the father of bioengineering
Fred Gage – Prominent neuroscientist and stem cell biologist. Discovered human adult neural stem cells.
Adele Goldberg – Associate Professor of Linguistics (1997–1998)
Marvin Leonard Goldberger? – theoretical physicist, National Academy of Sciences (Physics) member, former Dean of Natural Sciences, and former president of Caltech
Lawrence S.B. Goldstein – First to characterize kinesin molecular motors. Head of UCSD stem cell research program
Maria Goeppert-Mayer – Nobel laureate in Physics
Susan Golden – National Academy of Sciences member, Professor of Molecular Biology
Joseph Goguen – Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
David M. Goodblatt – Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies
Jean-Pierre Gorin – film director, Visual Arts (since 1975)
Fan Chung Graham – mathematician, Akamai Professor in Internet Mathematics
Ronald Graham – mathematician, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Clive W.J. Granger – Nobel laureate in Economics (2003)
Mikkal Herberg – Senior consultant with PFC Energy, an international energy consulting firm in Washington, D.C. and as research director on energy issues at The National Bureau of Asian Research. Professor of International Studies/Pacific Relations. 
Deborah Hertz – Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies.
Robert Hooper – Southeast Asia Program Director in Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Award Winning Producer for PBS, Professor of IR/PS. 
Gretchen Hofmann professor of ecological physiology of marine organisms
Edwin Hutchins – Developed distributed cognition and cognitive ethnography. Mac Arthur Foundation Award Winner (1985)
Harvey Itano (1920–2010), biochemist known for his work on the molecular basis of sickle cell anemia and other diseases
Irwin M. Jacobs – Former professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chairman of Qualcomm
Gabriel Jackson, Fulbright historian, author, and former department chairman
Fredric Jameson, American literary critic and Marxist political theorist
Chalmers Johnson, Professor Emeritus of History
David K Jordan- Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Provost of Warren College, Interim Provost of Sixth College, Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award 2008 recipient  
William Loomis, Distinguished Professor of Biology 
Allan Kaprow – Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts
Charles David Keeling – First alerted the world to the anthropogenic contribution to the "greenhouse effect" and global warming. Discoverer of the Keeling Curve
Walter Kohn – Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1998) & Chair of the UCSD Physics Department (1960s), Kohn-Sham equations
Igor Koutsenok – Director of Center for Criminality, Addiction Research, Training and Application, Professor of Psychiatry (School of Medicine) 
Barbara Kruger – Renowned artist and Professor of Visual Arts
Ronald Langacker – creator of cognitive grammar, Professor of Linguistics (1966–2003), Professor Emeritus and Research Professor (2003– )
William Lerach- guest lecturer on securities and corporate law. A leading securities lawyer in the United States.
George Lewis – Professor of Music, noted jazz trombone player, MacArthur Fellowship winner (2002) Lei Liang – Composer, winner of Rome Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship
Arend Lijphart – Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, elected to the American Academcy of Arts and Sciences in 1989, President of the American Political Science Association from 1995 to 1996, and recipient of the prestigious Johann Skytte Prize in Political Science in 1997.
Mathew D. McCubbins – Professor of political science
Richard Madsen – Director of Council on East Asian Studies, Professor/Chair of Sociology 
George Mandler – Experimental psychology – founder of UCSD Department of Psychology
Jean Matter Mandler – Cognitive development
Babette Mangolte – French cinematographer and Professor of Visual Arts
Lev Manovich – New Media theorist, Director of Software Studies Initiative and Professor of Visual Arts
M. Brian Maple – National Academy of Sciences member, physicist
Herbert Marcuse – philosopher, and mentor to Angela Davis
Harry Markowitz – Nobel laureate in Economics (1990)
Andrew Mattison – (1948–2005) co-author of "The Male Couple," co-founder of the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
Mario Molina – Nobel laureate in Chemistry
Eileen Myles – Poet and Professor of Literature
Donald Norman – Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Science and Psychology (1966– ) . Co-Founder and first chair of Cognitive Science. Author of User Centered System Design (UCSD). VP of Apple. National Academy of Engineering.
Pauline Oliveros – Composer, central figure in the development of post-war electronic art music.
George Emil Palade – Nobel laureate in Physiology/Medicine (1974), Professor of Medicine in Residence and Dean for Scientific Affairs (Emeritus)
Ramon Pinon- Author, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology 
Richard Popkin – Professor of Philosophy
Samuel Popkin – Professor of Political Science
Miller Puckette – Creator of Puredata Programming Language, Co-Director of Center for Research in Computing and the Arts
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran – neuroscience and psychology
Jef Raskin – Assistant Professor in Computer Science, and founder of the Apple Macintosh project
Roger Revelle (1909–1991) – Oceanographer, scholar, namesake of Roger Revelle College
Roger Reynolds – Pulitzer Prize in Music (1989)
Sally Ride – Professor of Physics, former astronaut
Marshall Rosenbluth – Professor of Physics, member of the National Academy of Sciences, developer of the Metropolis algorithm, "Pope of Plasma Physics"
Michael G. Rosenfeld – Professor of Medicine, HHMI, discovered the PIT-1 gene and defined transcriptional control of pituitary development. Winner of McKnight, Oppenheimer, and Koch awards Ravi Shankar – Indian musician, sitar player
Herbert Schiller – Professor Emeritus of Communication (1970–2000)
Terry Sejnowski – Professor of Biological Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Neurosciences, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Computer Science and Engineering
Martin Sereno- Interdiscplinarian, Professor of Cognitive Science, First to propose the theories linking evolution between cell biology and language, first to link the visual system with language production.
Kartik Seshadri – Professor of Indian Classical Music
Susan Shirk – Ho Miu Lam Endowed Chair of China and Pacific Relations and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton Administration.
Larry Squire – Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology
John G. Stoessinger- internationally recognized political analyst and a prize-winning author of ten leading books on world politics; guest lecturer in international relations – political science.
Lu Jeu Sham – National Academy of Sciences member, Kohn-Sham equations, physicist
Avrum Stroll – Professor of Philosophy
Harry Suhl – National Academy of Sciences (Physics) member
Leó Szilárd (1898–1964) – Hungarian physicist, Professor at the Salk Institute
Roger Tsien Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2008), Wolf Prize in Medicine
Ming Tsuang – Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Genomics Chair and Director of Center for Behavioral Genomics
Chinary Ung – Grawemeyer Award-winning composer
Harold Urey – Nobel laureate in Chemistry
Benjamin Elazari Volcani, Microbiologist and discovered life in the Dead Sea and pioneered biological silicon research.
Joseph Wang- NanoEngineer, ISI's World's Most Cited Engineer, ISI's World's Most Cited Chemist
Kenneth Watson- National Academy of Sciences (Physics) member
Donald Wesling- Inventor of grammetrics
Herbert F. York (1921–2009) – Enrico Fermi Award (2000)
Efim Zelmanov – Fields Medal recipient, Professor of Mathematics
Bruno H. Zimm – National Academy of Sciences member, biophysicist
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