List of University of Michigan alumni
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|Academic unit key|
|BUS||Ross School of Business|
|COE||College of Engineering|
|DENT||School of Dentistry|
|GFSPP||Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy|
|HHRS||Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies|
|LSA||College of LS&A|
|SMTD||School of Music, Theatre and Dance|
|PHARM||School of Pharmacy|
|SOE||School of Education|
|SNRE||School of Natural Resources|
|SOAD||School of Art & Design|
|SOI||School of Information|
|SON||School of Nursing|
|SOK||School of Kinesiology|
|SOSW||School of Social Work|
|SPH||School of Public Health|
|MDNG||Matriculated, did not graduate|
There are more than 500,000 living alumni of the University of Michigan. Notable alumni include the "father" of the iPod, the founders of Sun Microsystems and Google, the father of information theory, the voice of Darth Vader, the 38th President of the United States, one of the first American serial killers, and the first American to walk in space.
- 1 Alumni
- 1.1 Nobel laureates
- 1.2 Activists
- 1.3 Aerospace
- 1.4 Art, architecture, design
- 1.5 Arts and entertainment
- 1.6 Astronauts
- 1.7 Belles lettres
- 1.8 Business
- 1.9 Churchill Scholarship or Marshall Scholarship
- 1.10 Computers, engineering, and technology
- 1.11 Educators
- 1.12 Fiction/non-fiction
- 1.13 Fictional Wolverines
- 1.14 Journalism/publishing/broadcasting
- 1.15 Law, government, and public policy
- 1.16 MacArthur Foundation award winners
- 1.17 Mathematics
- 1.18 Medicine
- 1.19 Newsmakers
- 1.20 Infamous Newsmakers
- 1.21 Not-for-profit
- 1.22 Pulitzer Prize winners
- 1.23 Rhodes Scholars
- 1.24 Science
- 1.25 Sports
- 2 References
- 3 External links
- Stanley Cohen (PhD 1949), co-winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering growth factors (proteins regulating cell growth) in human and animal tissue
- Jerome Karle, (Ph.D. 1944) Chief Scientist, Laboratory for the Structure of Matter, Naval Research Laboratory. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1985
- Marshall Nirenberg, (Ph.D. 1957), Chief of Biomedical Genetics, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1968
- H.David Politzer, (BS 1969), physicist, Professor at California Institute of Technology, awarded Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004.
- Robert Shiller (BA 1967) is an American economist, academic, and best-selling author.
- Richard Smalley (COE: BS 1965) - Chemist, awarded Nobel Prize in 1996 for the co-discovery of fullerenes.
- Samuel C. C. Ting, (BS 1959, PhD 1962), physicist, awarded Nobel Prize in 1976 for discovering the J/ψ particle.
- Thomas H. Weller, (A.B. 1936, M.S. 1937), received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1954
- Benjamin Aaron, (LS&A: 1937) was considered a scholar of labor law. During World War II, he was director of the National War Labor Board. He was vice chairman of the National Wage Stabilization Board during the Truman administration.
- Ricardo Ainslie (Ph.D.) a native of Mexico City, Mexico, and a Guggenheim award winner.
- Santos Primo Amadeo (B.A.), a.k.a. "Champion of Hábeas Corpus," was an attorney and law professor at the University of Puerto Rico, a Senator in the Puerto Rico legislature, and counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union branch in Puerto Rico, established in 1937. Winner of a Guggenheim award.
- Huwaida Arraf, (LS&A: 1998) is a Palestinian-rights activist, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, and current chair of the Free Gaza Movement.
- Mary Frances Berry (LAW: JD/Ph.D.) - former chairwoman United States Civil Rights Commission.
- Cindy Cohn (LAW: J.D 1988) - Attorney for Bernstein v. United States, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- George William Crockett (LAW: JD 1934), was an African American attorney, a state court judge in Detroit, Michigan, a United States Representative, and a national vice-president of the National Lawyers Guild. Crockett participated in the founding convention of the racially-integrated National Lawyers Guild in 1937, and later served that organization as its national vice-president. As the first African American lawyer in the U.S. Department of Labor, from 1939–1943, Crockett worked as a senior attorney on employment cases brought under the National Labor Relations Act, a legislative program of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Crockett also worked as a hearing officer in the Federal Fair Employment Practices Commission during 1943.
- Clarence Darrow (LAW 1878) - Leopold and Loeb lawyer, defense attorney for John T. Scopes
- Terry Davis (BUS: MBA 1962) - Member of the UK Parliament for 28 years, now Secretary General of the Council of Europe and human rights activist.
- Geoffrey Fieger (B.A. 1974; M.A. 1976) is an American attorney most notably, he was the defense attorney for Jack Kevorkian
- Alan Haber, first President of the Students for a Democratic Society
- Tom Hayden, author of Port Huron Statement, member of Chicago Seven, co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society; later a member of each house of California's Legislature.
- Alireza Jafarzadeh, Iranian activist and nuclear analyst.
- Lyman T. Johnson, (AM 1931) history graduate. The grandson of slaves, Mr. Johnson successfully sued to integrate the University of Kentucky, opening that state's colleges and universities to African-Americans five years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
- Jack Hood Vaughn (BA MA) was the second Director of the United States Peace Corps succeeding Sargent Shriver.
- Belford Vance Lawson, Jr. (born July 9, 1909, Roanoke, Virginia, d. February 26, 1985), was a formidable attorney credited with making at least eight appearances before the Supreme Court. He attended University of Michigan and became the school's first African American varsity football player.
- Michael Newdow (LAW: JD 1988) - Made headlines by challenging the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance
- Carl Oglesby (July 30, 1935 – September 13, 2011) was an American writer, academic, and political activist. He was the President of the radical student organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) from 1965 to 1966.
- Milo Radulovich, became a symbol of the excesses of anti-Communism when he challenged his removal from the Air Force Reserve (judged a security risk) and his story was chronicled by Edward Murrow in 1953 on the television newsmagazine program “See It Now.” In 2008 The Board of Regents at its Nov. 20 meeting approved a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in physics.
- Ralph Rose, a six-time Olympic medalist, began the tradition of refusing to dip the United States flag during opening ceremonies.
- Jack Hood Vaughn (BA, MA) was the second Director of the United States Peace Corps succeeding Sargent Shriver.
- Raoul Wallenberg, (ARCH: B.Arch. 1935), Swedish diplomat, rescued thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, primarily in Hungary.
- Jerry White (BUS: MBA 2005) - Cofounder and executive director of the Landmine Survivors Network (LSN).
- Hao Wu (BUS: MBA 2000) - Documentary filmmaker and blogger. Controversially imprisoned by Chinese government for 5 months in 2006.
- Claudia Alexander, (Ph.D. 1993), is a member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she was the last project manager of NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter and is currently project manager of NASA's role in the European led Rosetta mission to study comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. She was once named UM's Woman of the Year.
- John Cashman - (COE: BSE 1966) - Boeing test pilot who piloted the first flight of the 777.
- Robert A. Fuhrman, (BS AE) a pioneering Lockheed engineer who played a central role in the creation of the Polaris and Poseidon missiles. During more than three decades at Lockheed, Fuhrman served as president of three of its companies: Lockheed-Georgia, Lockheed-California and Lockheed Missiles & Space. He became president and chief operating officer of the corporation in 1986 and vice chairman in 1988 before retiring in 1990.
- Robert Hall, (COE: BSE 1927) - Designer of the Granville Brothers Aircraft Gee Bee Z racer that won the 1931 Thompson Trophy race and Grumman test pilot. He is credited with major role in the design of the Grumman F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat and TBM Avenger.
- Willis Hawkins, (COE: BSE 1937) - Lockheed engineer who contributed to the designs of a number of historic Lockheed aircraft, including the Constellation, P-80 Shooting Star, XF-90, F-94 Starfire, F-104 Starfighter and C-130 Hercules. He rose to become President of Lockheed.
- Clarence "Kelly" Johnson (COE: 1932 BSE, 1933 MSE, 1964 PhD (Hon)) - Founder of the Lockheed Skunk Works. Designer of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, P-80 Shooting Star, JetStar, F-104 Starfighter, U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird. Winner of the National Medal of Science.
- Edgar J. Lesher (July 31, 1914 - May 19, 1998) was a notable aircraft designer and pilot and a professor of aerospace engineering.
- Elizabeth Muriel Gregory "Elsie" MacGill, (COE: MSE) OC (27 March 1905 – 4 November 1980), known as the Queen of the Hurricanes, was the world's first female aircraft designer
- Joseph Francis Shea (BS 1946, MS 1950, PhD 1955). Manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office during Project Apollo.
Art, architecture, design
Arts and entertainment
- Theodore Freeman, (COE: MSAE 1960), one of the third group of astronauts selected by NASA. Died in T-38 crash at Ellington Air Force Base.
- Karl G. Henize, (Ph.D. 1954), STS-51-F, 1985.
- James Irwin, (COE: MSAE 1957), Apollo 15, 1971. He was the first man to drive a lunar rover on the Moon.
- Jack Lousma, (COE: BSAE 1959), Skylab 3 1973; STS-3, 1982.
- James McDivitt, (COE: BSE AA 1959, ScD hon. 1965), graduated first in his class. Command Pilot Gemini 4, 1965; Commander Apollo 9; Program Manager for Apollo 12—16. Brigadier general, U.S. Air Force; vice president (ret.), Rockwell International Corporation
- David Scott, (MDNG: 1949–1950; ScD hon. 1971), Apollo 15, 1971.
- Edward White, (COE: MSAE 1959), Hon. PhD (Astronautics) 1965, first American to walk in space (Gemini 4), 1965; died in Apollo 1 test accident, 1967.
- Alfred Worden, (COE: MSAE 1964, Scd hon. 1971), Apollo 15, 1971.
A campus plaza was named for McDivitt and White in 1965 to honor their accomplishments on the Gemini IV spacewalk. (At the time of its dedication, the plaza was near the engineering program's facilities, but the College of Engineering has since been moved. The campus plaza honoring them remains.) Two NASA spaceflights have been crewed entirely by University of Michigan degree-holders: Gemini IV by James McDivitt and Edward White in 1965 and Apollo 15 by Alfred Worden, David Scott and James Irwin (honorary degree) in 1971. The Apollo 15 astronauts left a 45-word plaque on the moon establishing its own chapter of the University of Michigan Alumni Association.
Churchill Scholarships are annual scholarships offered to graduates of participating universities in the United States and Australia, to pursue studies in engineering, mathematics, or other sciences for one year at Churchill College in the University of Cambridge.
2011-2012 David Montague, Pure Mathematics
2009-2010 Eszter Zavodszky, Medical Genetics
2007-2008 Lyric Chen, BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Michigan, Marshall scholar in 2007.
2006-2007, Charles Crissman, Pure Mathematics
2005-2006 Christopher Hayward, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
2005-2006 Jacob Bourjaily graduated with honors degrees in Mathematics and Physics Marshall scholar 2005
1996-1997 Amy S. Faranski, Engineering
1993-1994, Ariel K. Smits Neis, Clinical Biochemistry
1990-1991, David J. Schwartz, Chemistry
1989-1990 Eric J. Hooper, Physics
1987-1988,Michael K. Rosen, Chemistry
1985-1986, Laird Bloom, Molecular Biology
1984-1985, Julia M. Carter, Chemistry
1979-1980, David W. Mead, Engineering, Chemical
Computers, engineering, and technology
- Syed Basharat Ali, (COE: MSEE) usually referred to as Syed Ali, is the founding Chairman, President, and CEO  of Cavium Networks, a Mountain View, California-based company specializing in MIPS-based network and security processors.
- Benjamin Franklin Bailey, studied electrical engineering and later held the positions of chief engineer of the Fairbanks Morse Electrical Manufacturing Company and Howell Electrical Motor Company, director of Bailey Electrical Company, and vice-president and director of the Fremont Motor Corporation. He became professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan in 1913.
- Arden L. Bement Jr., (Ph.D. 1963), Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); awarded the ANSI's Chairman's award in 2005.
- Jason Blessing (LS&A, '93 BA) studied business and computer science. Blessing has held a number of executive jobs in the technology industry and currently serves as the CEO of Plex Systems.
- James Blinn (BS Physics) and Communications Science, (1970), MS Information and Control Engineering, (1972). 3D computer imaging pioneer. 1991, MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of and to allow continuation of his work in educational animation. "There are about a dozen great computer graphics people, and Jim Blinn is six of them." –Ivan Sutherland
- Lee Boysel (BSE EE 1962, MSE EE 1963) Did pioneering work on Metal-oxide semiconductor transistors and systems during his years at IBM, Fairchild Semiconductor and McDonnell (now McDonnell-Douglas) Aerospace Corporation. He went on to found Four-Phase Systems Inc., a company that produced the computer industry's first LSI semiconductor memory system and the first LSI central processing unit (CPU) and began shipping them in data terminals as early as 1969. After founding Four-Phase, Boysel served as president, CEO and chairman. Motorola purchased Four-Phase in 1981.
- John Seely Brown, (Ph.D. 1970), formerly Chief Scientist of Xerox, and co-author of "The Social Life of Information"
- Jim Buckmaster, (MED: MDNG) President and CEO of Craig’s List since November 2000; has “...led craigslist to its current position as world-renowned online community, overall leader in online classifieds, and top 20 internet company (Nielsen, Alexa).” Before assuming the CEO role, Buckmaster served as craigslist CTO and lead programmer.
- Alice Burks (M.A. 1957) is an American author of children's books and books about the history of electronic computers.
- Arthur W. Burks (Ph.D. 1941) a member of the team that designed the Eniac computer as well as the IAS machine, a frequent collaborator of John von Neumann and a pioneer in computing education.
- Robert Cailliau (COE: MSc Computer, Information and Control Engineering 1971) (born 26 January 1947) is one of the co-developers of the World Wide Web. In December 1974 he started working at CERN as a Fellow in the Proton Synchrotron (PS) division, working on the control system of the accelerator. In April 1987, he left the PS division to become group leader of Office Computing Systems in the Data Handling division. In 1989, he and Tim Berners-Lee independently proposed a hypertext system for access to the CERN documentation. This led to a common proposal in 1990 and then to the World Wide Web. Won the 1995 ACM Software System Award with Tim Berners-Lee
- Tom Conrad, (COE: BSCE) as of 2010, serving as CTO of Pandora Radio
- Dick Costolo (LS&A: BA) former COO and current CEO of Twitter, Costolo is the founder of Feedburner, the RSS reader which was snapped up by Google in 2007.
- Edward S. Davidson is a professor emeritus in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an IEEE award winner.
- Paul Debevec (ENG: BA CSE) is a researcher in computer graphics at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. He is best known for his pioneering work in high dynamic range imaging and image-based modelling and rendering. Honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2010 with a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award.
- Tony Fadell (COE: BSE CompE 1991) - "Father" of the Apple iPod. Created all five generations of the company's iPod digital music device and the Apple iSight camera.
- James D. Foley (Ph.D. 1969) - Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Co-author of several widely used textbooks in the field of computer graphics, of which over 300,000 copies are in print. ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow, recipient of 1997 Steven A. Coons Award.
- Stephanie Forrest (PH.D.) and Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, selected to receive the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award for 2011.
- John Henry Holland, First UM Computer Science PhD, and originator of genetic algorithms.
- Thomas Knoll (COE: BS EP 1982, MSE CI CE 1984) - Co-creator of Adobe Photoshop.
- Robert A. Kotick (MDNG), also known as Bobby Kotick, is the CEO, president, and a director of Activision Blizzard.
- John R. Koza (Ph.D. 1972)is a computer scientist and a consulting professor at Stanford University, most notable for his work in pioneering the use of genetic programming for the optimization of complex problems.
- David Kuck (B.S.) was a professor in the Computer Science Department the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1965 to 1993 and is an IEEE award winner.
- Chris Langton (Ph.D.) Computer Science. “Father” of Artificial Life, described as: “...the study of man-made systems that exhibit behaviors characteristic of natural living systems". Founder of the Swarm Corporation. Distinguished Expellee of the Santa Fe Institute.
- Eugene McAllaster, (BS 1889) Distinguished Seattle naval architect and marine engineer with his own firm McAllaster & Bennett. Designer of Seattle's historic fireboat Duwamish (1909) and consulting engineer on Seattle's massive Denny Hill and Jackson Street Regrades.
- Sid Meier Considered by some to be the “...father of Computer Gaming.” Created the computer games Civilization as well as Pirates!, Railroad Tycoon and SimGolf.
- Kevin O'Connor (BS EE 1983) - Founder of DoubleClick, initially sold for $1.2 billion, and later acquired by Google for $3.1 billion
- Kunle Olukotun (Ph.D.) is a pioneer of multi-core processors, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University and director of the Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory at Stanford and an IEEE award winner.
- Larry Page (COE: BSE 1995) - Co-founder of Google. In 2002, Page was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the University of Michigan College of Engineering, and together with co-founder Sergey Brin, he was honored with the Marconi Prize in 2004. He is a trustee on the board of the X PRIZE and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.
- Eugene B. Power (BUS: BA 1927, MBA 1930) - Founder of University Microfilms Inc. (now ProQuest). Power (K.B.E., hon.) was president of the Power Foundation and an honorary fellow of Magdalene College.
- Niels Provos (Ph.D.) is a researcher in the areas of secure systems, and cryptography.
- Avi Rubin (Ph.D.) is a leading authority on computer security, and led the research team that successfully cracked the security code of Texas Instruments' RFID chip. He has scrutinized the weaknesses in various wireless computer networks, and holds eight patents for computer security-related inventions.
- Claude E. Shannon (COE: BS EE 1936, BA Math 1936) - Considered by some to be "father of digital circuit design theory" and "father of information theory". A paper drawn from his 1937 master's thesis, A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits, was published in the 1938 issue of the Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. It also earned Shannon the Alfred Noble American Institute of American Engineers Award in 1940.
- Joseph Francis Shea (BS 1946, MS 1950, Ph.D. 1955). Manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office during Project Apollo.
- Karl Sipfle (BS 1981) Personal intelligent laser printer inventor, super-minicomputer designer, Autonomous Car inventor, Political Activist and Candidate, Abrams Tank Laser Weaponry Engineer, Officer of Triple Nine Society, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Wall Street software expert.
- Michael Stonebraker (MA 1967, Ph.D. 1971). A computer scientist specializing in database research. He is also the founder of Ingres, Illustra, Cohera and StreamBase Systems, and was previously the CTO of Informix. Received the IEEE John von Neumann Medal in 2005.
- John C. Thomas (PhD) active in the formation of ACM's Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction
- Irma M. Wyman (COE: BS 1949) (born ~1927) was a systems thinking tutor and was the first female CIO of Honeywell.
- Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype (sold to eBay in 2005) He has a dual degree in business and computer science from Uppsala University; spent his final year in the US at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Turing and Grace Murray Hopper Award Winners
- Frances E. Allen, (M.Sc. 1957). First woman to win the Turing Award (2006). An IBM computer science veteran, she is being honored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for her work on program optimization and Ptran: program optimization work that led to modern methods for high-speed computing.
- Edgar F. Codd (Ph.D. 1965). A mathematician and computer scientist who laid the theoretical foundation for relational databases. Dr. Codd's idea, based on mathematical set theory, was to store data in cross-referenced tables, allowing the information to be presented in multiple permutations. To his frustration, I.B.M. largely ignored his work, as the company was investing heavily at the time in commercializing a different type of database system. I.B.M. was beaten to the market by Lawrence J. Ellison of Oracle. In 1981, he received the Turing Award.
- Stephen A. Cook (A.B. 1961). He received the Turing Award in 1982. Cook formalised the notion of NP-completeness in a famous 1971 paper "The Complexity of Theorem Proving Procedures", which also contained Cook's theorem, a proof that the boolean satisfiability problem is NP-complete. The paper left open theoretical computer science's greatest unsolved question – whether complexity classes P and NP are equivalent.
- Bill Joy (COE: BSE CompE 1975, 2004 D.Eng. (Hon)) - Co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Dubbed by one publication "...the Edison of the Internet.". In 1986, Joy was awarded a Grace Murray Hopper Award by the ACM for his work on the UNIX Operating System.
- Jennifer Rexford (MSE 1993; PhD 1996) was the winner of ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professional of the year for 2004
- Frank Aarebrot, professor of comparative politics at University of Bergen
- Theophilus C. Abbot, (LL.D. 1890) third President of Michigan State University
- Charles Kendall Adams, graduated in 1861, obtaining the degree of M.A. from his Alma Mater in the following year. Historian and 2nd President of Cornell University (1885–1892). Also served as President of the University of Wisconsin (1892–1902).
- Edgardo J. Angara (LAW: LLM 1964) Secretary of Agriculture (emeritus) of the Philippines and former Executive Secretary. He founded in the early 70s what “... eventually became the country's most prestigious law firm- the Angara, Concepcion, Cruz, Regala and Abello Law Offices, better known as ACCRA Law”. Angara gained recognition during his stint as President of the University of the Philippines from 1981 to 1987, where he defended the University's academic freedom and significantly improved its financial and human resources.
- James Rowland Angell, (BA 1890), the tenth President of Yale University.
- Dr. Khaled S. Al-Sultan (MS, applied mathematics; COE: Ph.D. in IOE), (born 1 January 1963 in Al-Gassim, Saudi Arabia) is the third rector of King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) a public university in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
- Ida Louise Altman (A.B.) Author of Emigrants and Society, was born in Washington, D.C.
- W. Brian Arthur (MA 1969) Lagrange Prize in Complexity Science 2008; Schumpeter Prize in Economics 1990; Guggenheim Fellow, 1987–88; Fellow of the Econometric Society; IBM Faculty Fellow Dean and Virginia Morrison Professor of Population Studies and Economics, Stanford; Professor of Human Biology, Stanford, 1983-1996 Santa Fe Institute: Member, Science Board 1988-2006; Board of Trustees 1994-2004; Director, Economics Program, 1987–90, and 1994–95
- John William Atkinson (Ph.D. 1950) (December 31, 1923 – October 27, 2003), also known as Jack Atkinson, was an American psychologist who pioneered the scientific study of human motivation, achievement and behavior.
- Robert F. Bacher, Ph.D. Member of the Manhattan Project. Subsequently professor of physics at Caltech and president of the Universities Research Association.
- Sylvia Bashevkin, (MA) the first woman to be named principal of University of Toronto's University College (UC).
- Henry Moore Bates (Ph.B. 1890), dean of the University of Michigan Law School (1910–1939) and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- William J. Beal (A.B. degree in 1859 and an A.M. degree in 1862); namesake for W. J. Beal Botanical Garden
- Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Civil Rights Commissioner, 1980–2004
- Lewis Binford Ph.D. was an American archaeologist most famous for his role in establishing the "New Archaeology" movement of the 1960s.
- Frank Nelson Blanchard (Ph.D. 1919) (1888–1937) was an American herpetologist, and professor of zoology at the University of Michigan.
- Elise Boulding (Ph.D) educator and author in the field of Peace & Conflict Studies
- Willard L. Boyd III, (LAW: LL.M, SJD) University President Emeritus and Rawlins/Miller Professor University of Iowa, College of Law. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Law Institute, the Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and the board of National Arts Strategies.
- Allen Britton, (Ph.D. 1949). American music educator. Former president of Music Educators National Conference.
- George W. Breslauer, (A.B., A.M, Ph. D) a political science professor and Russia specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, was named Berkeley’s executive vice chancellor and provost, the campus's chief academic officer and the chancellor's second-in-command. Breslauer, 60, has been on the UC Berkeley faculty for 35 years. He will directly oversee a total budget of $500 million and close to 5,000 full-time employees. Dr. Breslauer has written or edited 12 books. He currently is editor-in-chief of the quarterly publication "Post-Soviet Affairs."
- Urie Bronfenbrenner, (Ph.D. 1942), helped create the federal Head Start program. Was credited with creating the interdisciplinary field of human ecology; and was widely regarded as one of the world's leading scholars in developmental psychology and child-rearing. He served on the faculties of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Cornell University. Author, co-author or editor of 14 books and more than 300 articles and chapters. The American Psychological Association gives an annual award in his name for contributions to developmental psychology.
- Stratton D. Brooks, (BA 1896), president of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri.
- Jon Burgstone, (MS), Faculty Chair and Professor, Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology UC Berkeley.
- Gaylen J. Byker(LAW: JD)President of Calvin College; Offshore Energy Development Corporation Partner, Head of Dev
- William Wallace Campbell, (COE: BSE 1886) astronomer and tenth President of the University of California (1923–30). In 1931, he was elected president of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Frederic G. Cassidy (Ph.D 1938) Editor-in-Chief of the Dictionary of American Regional English from 1962 to his death in 2000.
- Katharine Coman (AB 1880) (1857–1915), a social activist and economist. She specialized in the development of the American West. She was professor of history (1883–1900) and then chaired the Economics Department and was dean of Wellesley College. Wellesley College named a professorship in her honor.
- Charles Horton Cooley (BA 1887; PhD 1894) (1864–1929) was an American sociologist. Most famous for his concept of the "looking glass self" . It expanded William James's idea of self to include the capacity of reflection on its own behavior.
- Joanne V. Creighton (Ph.D. in English literature) is currently serving as the 17th president of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.Was provost and professor of English from 1990–1994 at Wesleyan University and was Wesleyan's interim president from 1994 to 1995.
- Natalie Zemon Davis, (Ph.D 1959) CC (born November 8, 1928) is a Canadian and American historian of the early modern period. In 2010, Davis was awarded the Holberg International Memorial Prize, worth 4.5 million Norwegian kroner (~$700,000 US), for her narrative approach to the field of history.
- Bueno de Mesquita, (Ph.D. 1971) political scientist and game theoretician
- John DiBiaggio, (MA) served as president of the University of Connecticut from 1979–1985, Michigan State University from 1985–1992 and Tufts University from 1992 - 2001.
- James Stemble Duesenberry (July 18, 1918 – October 5, 2009 was an American economist. He made a significant contribution to the Keynesian analysis of income and employment with his 1949 doctoral thesis Income, Saving and the Theory of Consumer Behavior.
- Aaron Dworkin (A.B. 1997, M.M. 1998), 2005 MacArthur Fellow and founder and president of Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which strives to increase the number of African-Americans and Latinos having careers in classical music.
- Richard A. English, (MA 1961, MSW 1964, Ph.D. 1970). Formerly Dean and professor of social work at the Howard University School of Social Work from 1985 - 2003.
- W. Ralph Eubanks (M.A.) is an American author, journalist, professor, public speaker, business executive and Guggenheim award winner.
- Yoon-Dae Euh (BUS: Ph.D. 1975) - President of Korea University in Seoul. Awarded honorary doctorate from Waseda University of Japan.
- Patrick Farrell, (COE: Ph.D. (mechanical engineering)). Named Provost, or chief academic officer, for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006.
- Saul Fenster, (Ph.D., 1959) 6th President of New Jersey Institute of Technology 1978-2002.
- Antonio Flores was appointed president, in 1996 of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), which represents more than 450 colleges and universities that are committed to Latino/a higher education success.
- Sidney Fine (1920–2009) was a professor of history at the University of Michigan.
- Lewis Ransom Fiske (A.B. A.M.) He served as president pro tempore of the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan (now Michigan State University) from 1859 to 1862 and as president of Albion College from 1877 to 1898.
- Neil Foley (Ph.D.) is an American historian and a Guggenheim award winner.
- Joseph S. Freedman (Masters of Information and Library Science, 1990), Professor of Education at Alabama State University
- Helen Beulah Thompson Gaige (November 24, 1890 –October 24, 1976) was an American herpetologist, curator of Reptiles and Amphibians for the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan and specialist in neotropical frogs.
- Edwin Francis Gay (AB 1890), First Dean of Harvard Business School, 1908–1919.
- Jane Gerety (Ph.D.) seventh President of Salve Regina University
- C. Lee Giles, (M.S.) David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Pennsylvania State University; Fellow of the ACM, IEEE and INNS
- Domenico Grasso (Ph.D.) is Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont (UVM).
- Roy Grow is the Kellogg Professor of International Relations and the director of the International Relations program at Carleton College. His specialty is the political economy of East Asia, specifically China and Southeast Asia. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1973.
- Jack Guttenberg, professor of law at Capital University Law School
- William W. Hagerty, (COE:M.S. 1943, Ph.D. 1947) former president of Drexel University.
- Alice Hamilton, (MED: MD 1893) toxicologist, scientist and first female faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
- Elaine Catherine Hatfield is Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawai‘i. She earned her B.A. at the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. at Stanford University. She is known as a scholar who pioneered the scientific study of passionate love and sexual desire.
- David J. Herring (BUS: BBA 1980, JD 1985) - Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1998–2005).
- Roger W. Heyns, (Ph.D. 1949). Chancellor, Berkeley, 1965–1971. "He came like a gift of heaven to leadership of the Berkeley campus. He was an ambassador of good will...." Joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1947, received the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1952, and the Faculty Distinguished Service Award in 1958.
- Clark Leonard Hull (M.A.) was an influential American psychologist
- Harry Burns Hutchins (April 8, 1847 – January 25, 1930) was the fourth president of the University of Michigan (1909–1920). From 1887 to 1894, Hutchins organized and led the law department at Cornell University.
- Charlotte Johnson, (JD 1988) vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University, e dean of the College at Dartmouth beginning July 2011.
- Lyman T. Johnson, (AM 1931) history graduate. The grandson of slaves, Mr. Johnson successfully sued to integrate the University of Kentucky, opening that state's colleges and universities to African-Americans five years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter, (MA 1965, Ph. D 1967) first tenured female professor at Harvard Business School
- Thomas F. Keller(Ph.D. 1960) Dean of Fuqua School of Business, 1974–96
- Mark Kilstofte (D.M.A. 1992) is an American composer, and professor at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina and a Guggenheim award winner.
- George Kish (Ph.D.) cartographer
- John E. Laird (B.S. 1975) a computer scientist.
- Stanley Lebergott, (BA; MA) Lebergott, a former government economist and Wesleyan University professor, took issue with those who disdained "consumerism" as wasteful, maintaining that it has always been an expression of human longing rather than mere acquisitiveness.
- Li Enliang or E.L.li (Chinese: 李恩良, 1912–2008), is a Chinese civil engineer and educator. Li was a former Vice-president of Zhejiang University and former President of the Zhejiang University of Technology.
- Jeffrey S. Lehman (LAW: JD 1977) - 11th President of Cornell University (2003–2005 )
- Rensis Likert, (B.A. 1926) in Sociology and Economics. Rensis Likert was a founder of The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and was the director from its inception in 1946 - 1970, when he retired and founded Rensis Likert Associates to consult for numerous corporations.
- Paul Robert Milgrom (A.B. 1970) (born April 20, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American economist.
- Martha Minow (LS&A: A.B. 1975), named, in 2009, Dean of Harvard Law School
- James Moeser, (Ph.D. 1967) the ninth chancellor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000- . Previously Althaus Distinguished Professor of Organ at University of Kansas, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture and executive director of University Arts Services at Pennsylvania State University, vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of South Carolina, and Chancellor of the University of Nebraska.
- Mayo Moran (LAW: LLM 1992), named — in 2005 — Dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law
- Carroll Vincent Newsom (Ph.D. 1931) (1904-1990), the eleventh NYU President and President of Prentice Hall.
- Marjorie Hope Nicolson (A.B. 1914), first female Presiden of Phi Beta Kappa and Guggenheim award winner.
- Eugene A. Nida(Ph.D.) a linguist, Nida was the developer of the dynamic-equivalence Bible-translation theory.
- Nicholas Nixon (B.A. 1969) is a photographer, known for his work in portraiture and documentary photography, and for championing the use of the 8x10 inch view camera. He is a Guggenheim award winner.
- Mary Beth Norton (B.A. 1964) is an American historian. She is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History Department of History at Cornell University and a Guggenheim award winner.
- Norman Ornstein, (MA Political Science, PhD 1974 Political Science), Scholar: Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.
- Scott E. Page (B.A. 1985) is an American social scientist.
- Alice Elvira Freeman Palmer, (A.B. 1876, PhD. Hon 1882). Appointed to accept the post of head of the history department at Wellesley College in 1879 and was named the acting president of Wellesley in 1881. In 1882, she became president.
- Constantine Papadakis (Ph.D.) Drexel University President from 1995–2009,
- Michael Posner, (PhD) Psychologist and winner of the national medal of science:
- Clara Claiborne Park (1923–2010), instructor at Williams College and author who raised awareness of autism.
- John Oren Reed, (1856–1916), Ph. D. at Jena (1897), professor of physics, author of several works.
- Shai Reshef (M.A.) (Hebrew: שי רשף) is an Israeli businessman and educational entrepreneur. He is the founder and president of University of the People - a non-profit, tuition-free, online academic institution dedicated to the democratization of higher education.
- Tom Rochon (B.A., M.A. and Ph.D.) eighth president of Ithaca College, 2008- .
- Henry Wade Rogers, (BA 1874, MA 1877). At Michigan: Professor of Law 1883; Law School Dean 1885–1890. President of Northwestern University 1890–1900.
- Jonathan Rosenbaum (scholar) President of Gratz College
- Robert Rosenzweig, President (emeritus) Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of research universities.
- Joseph Everett Rowe, (BSE EE/Math ’51, MSE ’52, PhD EE ’55) joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1953. Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory then Chair of EECS. Under his leadership, the Electron Physics Laboratory became one of the premier laboratories on campus and was the forerunner of the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory. Become Dean of Engineering and then Provost of Case Western Reserve University.
- John Ruhl, (BS Physics 1987) Professor of Physics at UCSB and Case Western Reserve University. Primary investigator of the ACBAR, Boomerang, South Pole Telescope, and Spider Telescope Projects. Also author of Princeton Problems in Physics
- Alexander Ruthven (Ph.D. 1906); President of the University of Michigan.
- Robert Scott (LAW: SJD 1973), Dean University of Virginia School of Law 1991–2000.
- Wilfrid Sellars (B.A. 1933), philosopher and Rhodes Scholar
- Al Siebert (M.A., Ph.D. 1965), Menninger Fellow, Resiliency Center Director, author: The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Bounce Back from Setbacks, awarded the 2006 Independent Publishers Best Self-Help Book.
- Andrew A. Sorensen (MPH 1966) President of the University of Alabama 1996-2002; President, University of South Carolina 2002-
- William Spoelhof (MA 1937) President of Calvin College, 1951–76; Asteroid Namesake 129099 Spoelhof
- Claude Steiner (Ph.D. 1965) was born January 6, 1935 in Paris, France. In 1957 became a follower of Eric Berne, psychiatrist and founder of the Transactional Analysis school of psychotherapy. Founding member and teaching fellow of the International Transactional Analysis Association.
- Clarence Stephens (Pd.D.) the teaching techniques that Professor Stephens introduced at Potsdam, and earlier at Morgan State, have been adopted by many mathematics departments across the country. They have been described in publications by the MAA, and recently in a book, Math Education At Its Best: The Potsdam Model, by Datta (Center for Teaching/Learning of Mathematics, 1993).
- George Sugihara (B.S. 1973) is a theoretical biologist who has worked across a wide variety of fields, including landscape ecology, algebraic topology, algal physiology and paleoecology, neurobiology, atmospheric science, fisheries science, and quantitative finance.
- Leonard Suransky, winner of the Des Lee Visiting Lectureship in Global Awareness at Webster University.
- Beverly Daniel Tatum, (Ph.D.); President, Spelman College (2002-); clinical psychologist; author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?; professor, chair of psychology department, Dean (1989–2001), Acting President (2002) of Mount Holyoke College
- G. David Tilman (Ph.D. 1976) is a prominent American ecologist and a Guggenheim award winner
- Amos Tversky, (Ph.D. 1965). Long-time collaborator with Daniel Kahneman (who was the 2002 winner of Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his work in prospect theory) and co-founder of prospect theory in economics. Tversky died of cancer before Kahneman received the Nobel prize and was featured prominently and fondly in Khaneman's Nobel speech.
- Zalman Usiskin (Ph.D.) is an educator best known as the Director of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project.
- Charles M. Vest (COE: MSE 1964, PhD 1967) - President (emeritus) of MIT 1990–2004. Elected, in 2007, to a six-year term as president of the National Academy of Engineering, effective July 1.
- Robert W. Vishny (AB, highest distinction, 1981) is an American economist and the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. A prominent representatives of the school of behavioural finance; refer to the citation for Tversky above. His research papers (many of them written jointly with Andrei Shleifer, Rafael LaPorta and Josef Lakonishok) are among the most often cited research works in the field of economic sciences in recent years.
- Robert M. Warner, (MA 1953, Ph.D) Dean Emeritus, University of Michigan’s School of Information (the former School of Library Science) from 1985–92 and a professor emeritus of the School of Information. Appointed the sixth archivist of the United States in July 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, he continued to serve under President Ronald Reagan through April 15, 1985. A
- Albert H. Wheeler (SPH: Ph.D.) (1915–April 4, 1994) was a life-sciences professor and politician in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He became the city's first African-American mayor, serving in the office from 1975 - 1978. In 1952, he became an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan, and eventually became the university's first tenured African-American professor.
- B. Joseph White (BUS: Ph.D. 1975) - 16th President of the University of Illinois
- Robert Roy White (COE: BSE ChemE 1938, PhD ChemE 1941) - Former administrator at the National Academy of Sciences. In 1967, he became the first dean of the School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, the youngest full professor in the university's history. Director of the University of Michigan Institute for Science and Technology in 1959–60 and a chemical engineering consultant for numerous companies.
- Jerome Wiesner (COE: BS 1937, MS 1938, PhD 1950) - MIT Provost 1968–1971, President of MIT 1971–1980, (deceased)
- Richard F. Wilson, (ED 1978), president of Illinois Wesleyan University.
- Phyllis Wise, (M.S. 1969, Ph.D. 1972), University of Washington provost or Chief Academic officer. Manages $3 billion annual budget.
- Damon A Williams - 1st full-time Vice Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer of the University of Wisconsin–Madison leading the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement.
- David R Williams, (PhD 1986)a Harvard University professor has been ranked by the journal Black Issues in Higher Education as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008. Since 2006, Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University.
- Frank Wu (LAW: JD 1991), named in 2009, Dean of Hastings Law School.
- Yi-Fang Wu, (Ph. D, 1928), was the first female college president in China, heading Ginling College from 1928 - 1951 before it was combined with the University of Nanking (Nanjing).
- Hobart Young (Ph.D. 1970) is an American game theorist known for his contributions to evolutionary game theory and its application to the study of institutional and technological change, as well as the theory of learning in games.
Educators: university presidents
- Rodolfo Arévalo — president, Eastern Washington University
- David Arnold — president, American University in Cairo
- Johnathan Brand – (M.A.) 15th president Cornell College
- Sean T. Buffington — president, University of the Arts, Pennsylvania
- Barbara Couture — president, New Mexico State University
- Joanne Creighton — president, Mount Holyoke College
- James Danko (MBA) appointed 21st president of Butler University in 2011
- David Eisler — president, Ferris State University
- Sister Janet Eisner — president, Emmanuel College, Massachusetts
- Antonio Flores — president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
- Deborah Freund (MPH, MA, Ph.D) President of Claremont Graduate University.
- Allan Gilmour, (MBA) inaugurated as 11th President of Wayne State University in 2011
- Larry J. Goodman — president, Rush University and Rush University Medical Center
- Thomas J. Haas — president, Grand Valley State University
- Walter Harrison — president, University of Hartford, Connecticut — vice president for university relations
- John M. Hilpert — president, Delta State University, Mississippi
- Cindy Hill, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2011, received master's degree from the University of Michigan.
- Richard G. Jewell — president, Grove City College, Pennsylvania
- Raynard S. Kington (MED) a former deputy director of the National Institutes of Health has been named the 13th president of Grinnell College. Kington earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan at age 21.
- Kathy Krendl — president, Otterbein College (Ohio)
- John S. Kyser - president, Northwestern State University (Louisiana)
- Wallace D. Loh (Ph.D.) — president University of Maryland
- Eugene R. Milhizer (LAW: JD) named, in 2009 Ave Maria — President and dean of Ave Maria School of Law. Prior to his arrival at AMSL, Milhizer served as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate for 21 years.
- James L. Muyskens — president, Queens College-CUNY
- Ruth Person — chancellor, UM-Flint
- James Spaniolo — president, University of Texas-Arlington
- Rev. Gerard J. Stockhausen — president, University of Detroit Mercy
- Carl Strikwerda, (Ph.D.) William & Mary’s Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, was named the 14th president of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania in 2011.
- Beverly Daniel Tatum — president, Spelman College
- Charles M. Vest — president, National Academy of Engineering, former president MIT
- David L. Warren — president, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
- Richard F. Wilson — president, Illinois Wesleyan University
- Michael T. Wood — president, Capitol College, Maryland
- In 24, Nadia Yassir has a B.A. in Languages from the University.
- In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, Francie prepares to take classes at the University of Michigan.
- In Air Force One, U.S. President James Marshall, played by Harrison Ford, attended the University of Michigan.
- In American Pie and other films in the series, Kevin Myers, played by Thomas Ian Nicholas, attends Michigan.
- In Answer This!, Christopher Gorham plays UM student Paul Tarson
- In The Big Chill, Michael Gold, played by Jeff Goldblum worked at The Michigan Daily.
- In Entourage, Ari Gold, earned his J.D./M.B.A at the Ross School of Business.
- In The Five Year Engagement, Emily Blunt plays UM student Violet Barnes, a post-doctoral fellow in psychology.
- In Freaks and Geeks, Lindsay leaves for the academic summit at the University of Michigan.
- In The Green Lantern, Guy Gardner, is the only superhero alum. He double majored in education and psychology.
- In House, Dr. Gregory House attended Michigan’s medical school to earn his M.D. Armed with a world class education. Lisa Cuddy, played by Lisa Edelstein, went to the University where she was in the pre-med program.
- In Justified, Neal McDonough plays former UM MBA Robert Quarles, a violent sociopath
- In Lost, the Dharma Initiative was founded in 1970 by two doctoral candidates, Gerald and Karen DeGroot, while studying at the University.
- In Love and Honor, Teresa Palmer plays an undergraduate caught up in the movement to end the war in Vietnam
- In No Strings Attached, Adam Franklin, played by Ashton Kutcher, and Emma Kurtzman, played by Natalie Portman, both attended the University.
- In Perception, Kelly Rowan is a main cast member who plays the character Dr. Caroline Newsome/Natalie Vincent a University of Michigan Medical school graduate and a recurring love interest and hallucination of the main character Dr. Daniel Pierce played by Eric McCormack.
- In Sister, Sister, Tia Laundry, played by Tia Mowry, attends the University of Michigan.
- In The Sopranos, Ronald Zellman, played by Peter Riegert, is a Michigan graduate.
- In The West Wing, Leo McGarry, played by John Spencer, attended the University of Michigan.
- In Shameless, Jimmy/Steve, played by Justin Chatwin, attended the University of Michigan.
- Sam Apple, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Faster Times
- Roz Abrams MA, co-anchors "CBS 2 News at 5 PM" and "CBS 2 News at 11 PM." Abrams has been a reporter and anchor for almost 30 years, most recently with WABC in New York, where she spent eighteen years.
- Ray Stannard Baker (MDNG LAW: 1891). Biographer of Woodrow Wilson
- Dean Baker, (PhD, Economics) - blogger for The American Prospect
- Richard Berke, New York Times political reporter
- Oralandar Brand-Williams, reporter, The Detroit News. Formerly producer at CBS radio in Detroit and journalist at WDIV-TV in Detroit.
- Jon Chait, (BA 1994) - Senior Editor for The New Republic
- Jeff Cohen Founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Left the group to produce Donahue on MSNBC.
- Ann Coulter (LAW: JD 1988) - Conservative author and attorney
- Larry Elder (LAW: JD 1977) - talk radio show host, author, and TV show host
- Win Elliot, legendary Sports announcer and journalist.
- John Fahey, (BUS: MBA 1975) and President and CEO of the National Geographic Society. Previous, he was chairman, president and CEO of Time Life, Inc. He was selected as one of Advertising Age's top 100 marketers.
- Bill Flemming (B.A.) was an American television sports journalist
- James Russell Gaines, 1973, former managing editor of Time Magazine
- Arnold Gingrich, 1925, was a founder/publisher of Esquire.
- Todd Gitlin (MA 1966), Political Science. Professor of journalism and social critic.
- Wendell Goler, Fox News White House correspondent
- Alan Gomez, USA Today print journalist
- Gael Greene, noted food critic.
- Sanjay Gupta, (MED:1993), CNN anchor, reporter and senior medical correspondent and Emmy winner.
- Raelynn Hillhouse (HHRS: MA, PHD 1993): noted national security expert and blogger (The Spy Who Billed Me), novelist, political scientist
- Beryl Denzer Hines, (LS&A: A.B.) a Cold War journalist and TV producer who gained the nickname "Scoop" for her ability to get stories before they became public. She was, from 1954 to 1957, an associate producer for the CBS program "Face the Nation." Mrs. Hines served as president of the D.C. chapter of the American Women in Radio and Television.
- Dana Jacobson, (B.A. 1993) is an ESPN anchorwoman.
- Alireza Jafarzadeh, senior Foreign Affairs Analyst for Fox News Television and other major TV networks, author of The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (Palgrave MacMillan: 2008).
- Leon Jaroff, (COE: BSE EE, BS EM 1950), has been a mainstay for the Time, Inc. family of publications since he joined the company as an editorial trainee for LIFE magazine in 1951. He moved over to Time in 1954, and became its chief science writer in 1966. In 1970, he was named a senior editor, a post he kept until he semi-retired in 2000.
- Paul Kangas A stockbroker for twelve years, Kangas has been host of Nightly Business Report since it was a local Florida program in 1979. The show is still hosted from Florida. Kangas's ham call sign is W4LAA.
- William F. Kerby, (AB 192?), chairman, Dow Jones and Company
- Laurence Kirshbaum, (AB 1966), founder of LJK Literary Management. He was the chairman of Time Warner Book Group, which is responsible for Warner Books and Little Brown.
- Melvin J. Lasky, (MA History), During WWII Lasky was a combat historian in France and Germany, and an assistant to the U.S. Military Governor of Berlin in early postwar years. Subsequently, he founded and was Editor of the anti-Communist journal Encounter, which was in April 1966 shown by The New York Times (Lasky claimed this was without his knowledge) to be secretly financed by the CIA, via the front organization Congress for Cultural Freedom.
- Daniel Levin
- Ann Marie Lipinski,former editor, Chicago Tribune 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner
- Richard Lui, (MBA), is an American journalist and news anchor for MSNBC. Previously a news anchor for five years at CNN Worldwide.
- John Madigan (BUS: BBA 1958, MBA 1959) - Chairman and CEO (emeritus), Tribune Company.
- Robert McHenry, encyclopedist and author. Editor-in-chief (emeritus) of the Encyclopædia Britannica
- John J. Miller, National Political Reporter for the National Review
- Pam Moore, Anchors KRON 4 News on weekdays. At KRON since 1991, Moore has “...garnered a bevy of prestigious honors...”, including a George Foster Peabody Award for her five-part series, “About Race,” an Emmy for her series on HMOs, and the Associated Press Television-Radio Award for “Mercury Rising.”
- Sara Moulton (AB 1974) is the executive chef of Gourmet magazine and was host of the Food Network show Sara's Secrets and Cooking Live.
- Paul Scott Mowrer, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner
- Davi Napoleon (AB 1966; AM 1968) writes a monthly feature for Live Design and has been a columnist for TheaterWeek and InTheater.
- Daniel Okrent, (BA 1969), public editor, New York Times, editor-at-large of Time Inc., Pulitzer Prize finalist in history (Great Fortune, 2004), and founding father of Rotisserie League Baseball.
- Marvin Olasky, (Ph.D. 1976), conservative pundit.
- Susan Orlean, (AB), staff writer for The New Yorker.
- Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow .
- John Papanek, (AB 1973), is the Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of ESPN.com and ESPN New Media.
- Phil Ponce (LAW: JD 1974) is a Chicago television journalist who hosts Chicago Tonight, a nightly television magazine of news and culture on WTTW 11.
- William E. Quinby, (AB 1858, MA 1861), owner of the Detroit Free Press and United States Ambassador to the Netherlands
- Rob Reinhart, (BA, 1983) broadcaster, writer, producer and host of syndicated radio program Acoustic Cafe
- P. Anthony Ridder, (AB 1962), president emeritus of the Knight Ridder newspaper chain
- Evan Rosen, (BA) journalist, strategist, author of The Culture of Collaboration
- Adam Schefter Former Denver Post and Denver Broncos Correspondent (15 years), Current ESPN and NFL Network contributor known for his onscreen professionalism and accurate inside information.
- William Schmidt (B.A.) was named associate managing editor for resources and planning in 2003 for The New York Times. Previously worked for Newsweek for eight years, the last two as bureau chief in Moscow. In 1987 Schmidt was among seven reporters and two editors at The Times who shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for articles about the causes of the Challenger disaster. In 1971 he shared the George Polk Award for national reporting for coverage of the shootings at Kent State University.
- Samuel Spencer Scott became the president of Harcourt, Brace & Company in 1948 and held that position until his retirement in 1954
- John Schubeck was an American television reporter and anchor, and one of the few to anchor newscasts on all three network owned-and-operated stations in one major market.
- David Shuster is an American television journalist with Current TV and talk radio host. He has also been an anchor for MSNBC and worked for Fox News and CNN
- Rob Siegel, 1993, was the editor-in-chief of The Onion. He is the screenplay writer for The Wrestler.
- Carole Simpson, (BA 1962) Former ABC News correspondent.
- Fanchon Stinger, (BA 1993) Television Anchor WXIN-Fox 59 Indianapolis, Winner of 12 Television Emmy Awards
- Bert Randolph Sugar (LAW: JD 1961) - "...has become synonymous with boxing..." Served as editor at The Ring, Boxing Illustrated, and Fight Game magazines. Written more than 80 books on boxing, baseball, horse racing, and sports trivia.
- Amy Sullivan is a contributing editor for Time magazine, where she covers religion and politics, and writes for the magazine's political blog, Swampland.
- Jerald F. ter Horst, also known as Jerald Franklin ter Horst. (BA 1947) Served as Gerald Ford's short-term press secretary
- Chuck Townsend, (LS&A: BA) President and CEO of Conde Nast
- Peter Turnley is a photojournalist known for documenting the human condition and current events.
- John Voelker (LAW: 1928), author of Anatomy of a Murder
- Mike Wallace, (A.B. 1939), TV journalist, longtime host of 60 Minutes Winner of 20 Emmys and three Peabodys.
- David Weir an editor and journalist. As of 2007, Mr. Weir was serving as the Editor in Chief at Keep Media
- Margaret Wente (B.A.) “...one of Canada's leading columnists.” A writer for The Globe and Mail, she is the 2006 winner of the National Newspaper Award for column-writing. She has edited two leading business magazines, Canadian Business and ROB Magazine.
- David Westin, (BA, with honors and distinction) (LAW: JD summa cum laude 1977). President of ABC News.
- Margaret Bourke-White, (MDNG: 1922–1924), was a photographer and journalist
- Roger Wilkins, (AB 1953, LAW: LLB 1956, HLHD 1993), was a journalist of the Washington Post. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for his Watergate editorials.
- Bob Woodruff, (LAW: JD) ABC Nightly News anchor, who replaced Peter Jennings.
- Robin Wright, Washington Post
- Tracy Wolfson, is a reporter for CBS Sports.
- Janet Wu, (AB 1972), is a broadcast journalist for WCVB-TV in Boston
- Eric Zorn, born January 6, 1958, is a columnist and a blogger for the Chicago Tribune.
- Daniel Zwerdling, is an investigative radio journalist for NPR News
Law, government, and public policy
MacArthur Foundation award winners
- James Blinn (BS Physics) and Communications Science, (1970), MS Information and Control Engineering, (1972).
- Caroline Walker Bynum (BA 1962) is an American Medieval scholar and MacArthur Fellow.
- William A. Christian, (1986), 1971 alumnus. religious studies scholar.
- Philip DeVries, (1988), 1962 alumnus who won as a biologist.
- Shannon Dawdy 2010 fellowship winner and an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, .
- William H. Durham, (1983) (Ph.D.), 1973 alumnus, anthropologist.
- Aaron Dworkin, (2005) M.A. 1998, Fellow and founder and president of Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which strives to increase the number of African-Americans and Latinos having careers in classical music.
- Todd Alan Gitlin (MA 1966), Political Science. Professor of journalism and social critic. 1988-1989 fellow.
- Steven Goodman, (2005) A.B.D., Fellow is an adjunct research investigator in the U-M Museum of Zoology's bird division, and a conservation biologist in the Department of Zoology at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.
- David Green, (2004) (MPH 1982), alumnus, Executive Director, Project Impact.
- John Henry Holland, (1992), alumnus and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering; professor of psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
- Denny Moore (B.A.) is an American linguist, and anthropologist.
- Nancy A. Moran (Ph.D. 1982) is an American evolutionary biologist, Yale professor, and co-founder of the The Yale Microbial Diversity Institute.
- Cecilia Muñoz, (1962), alumna 2000, Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
- Richard Prum (Ph.D. 1989) is William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University.
- Mary Tinetti (M.D.) is an American physician, and Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University, and Director of the Yale Program on Aging.
- Amos Tversky, (1984), (PhD. 1965) alumnus, psychologist.
- Karen K. Uhlenbeck, (1983), alumna 1964, mathematician.
- Henry Tutwiler Wright (B.A. 1964) is the Albert Clanton Spaulding Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, and Curator of Near Eastern Archaeology in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. 1993 MacArthur Fellows Program
- George Zweig, (1981), 1959 alumnus, physicist.
- Ralph H. Abraham (b. July 4, 1936, Burlington, Vermont) is an American mathematician.
- Kenneth Ira Appel (Ph.D.) is a mathematician who in 1976, with colleague Wolfgang Haken at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, solved one of the most famous problems in mathematics, the four-color theorem.
- Edward G. Begle (MA 1936) was a mathematician best known for his role as the director of the School Mathematics Study Group (SMSG), the primary group credited for developing what came to be known as The New Math.
- Marjorie Lee Brown, (Ph.D. 1949/1950), arguably the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in mathematics.
- Harry C. Carver (B.S. 1915) (December 4, 1890 – January 30, 1977) was an American mathematician and academic, primarily associated with the University of Michigan. He was a major influence in the development of mathematical statistics as an academic discipline.
- Brian Conrey, (Ph.D. 1980) is an American mathematician and the executive director of the American Institute of Mathematics.
- George Dantzig (M.A. Math 1937), father of linear programming. At UM, studied under T.H. Hildebrandt, R.L. Wilder, and G.Y. Rainer.
- Carl de Boor (Ph.D. Mathematics 1966), best known for pioneering work on splines, received National Medal of Science, 2003. He won the John Von Neumann Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 1996.
- Dorothy Elizabeth Denning (the daughter of C. Lowell and Helen Watson Robling on August 12, 1945) is an American information security researcher. She has published four books and 140 articles. At Georgetown University, she was the Patricia and Patrick Callahan Family Professor of computer science and director of the Georgetown Institute of Information Assurance. She is now a professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School.
- Sister Mary Celine Fasenmyer (Ph.D. 1946) a mathematician noted for her work on hypergeometric functions and linear algebra. After getting her Ph.D., Sister Celine published two papers which expanded on her doctorate work. These papers would be further elaborated by Doron Zeilberger and Herbert Wilf into "WZ theory", which allowed computerized proof of many combinatorial identities. After publishing these two papers, she returned to Mercyhurst to teach and did not engage in further research.
- Walter Feit (P.h. D. 1955), winner of the 7th Cole Prize in 1965, and famous for proving the Feit–Thompson theorem. Seventh award, 1965: To Walter Feit and John G. Thompson for their joint paper, Solvability of groups of odd order, Pacific Journal of Mathematics, volume 13 (1963), pp. 775–1029.
- David Gale (MA 1947) was a distinguished American mathematician and economist.
- Frederick Gehring, (AB 1946) the T. H. Hildebrandt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, received one of the highest distinctions in his field from the American Mathematical Society (AMS) January 13, 2006. Gehring was the recipient of the 2006 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement, an annual award that honors those who have made outstanding contributions to research in mathematics. The prize was awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio. Taught at Michigan from 1955 until his retirement in 1996. He was invited three times to address the International Congress of Mathematicians and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1989. In 1997, the Frederick and Lois Gehring Chair in Mathematics was endowed.
- Seymour Ginsburg (Ph.D. 1952) (1927–2004) was a pioneer of automata theory, formal language theory, and database theory, in particular; and computer science, in general. His work was influential in distinguishing theoretical Computer Science from the disciplines of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering.
- Thomas N.E. Greville (Ph.D. 1933) was an American mathematician, specializing in statistical analysis, particularly as it concerned the experimental investigation of psi.
- Earle Raymond Hedrick (A.B. 1896) was an American mathematician and a vice-president of the University of California.
- Theophil Henry Hildebrandt, or T.H. Hildebrandt. He spent the major portion of his professional career at the University of Michigan, where he went as an instructor of mathematics in 1909. He served as chairman of the department from 1934 until his retirement in 1957. Professor Hildebrandt received the second Chauvenet Prize of the Mathematical Association of America in 1929.
- Meyer Jerison (Ph.D. 1950) (November 28, 1922 – March 13, 1995) was an American mathematician known for his work in functional analysis and rings, and especially for collaborating with Leonard Gillman on one of the standard texts in the field: Rings of Continuous Functions.
- Donald John Lewis (PhD 1950) better known as D.J. Lewis, is an American mathematician specializing in number theory. He chaired the Department of Mathematics at the University of Michigan (1984–1994), and served as director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
- James Raymond Munkres is a Professor Emeritus of mathematics at MIT and the author of a classic textbook, Topology.
- Ralph S. Phillips (Ph.D.) (23 June 1913 – 23 November 1998) was an American mathematician and academic known for his contributions to functional analysis, scattering theory, and servomechanisms.
- Kenneth H. Rosen (B.A.) is a notable author and mathematician.
- Leonard Jimmie Savage (B.S. 1938, Ph.D. 1941). Savage's book The Foundations of Statistics (1954) "...is perhaps his greatest achievement...". As recounted in Fortune's Formula, Savage rediscovered Bachelier and introduced his theories to Paul Samuelson, who corrected Bachelier and used his thesis on randomness to advance derivative pricing theory.
- Joel Shapiro (Ph.D) Joel H. Shapiro is a US mathematician, and one of the leading experts in the field of composition operators.
- Isadore M. Singer, (B.A. 1944), winner of the Abel Prize, the "Nobel of mathematics", and the Bôcher Memorial Prize
- Stephen Smale (B.S. 1952, M.S. 1953, Ph.D. 1957), Fields Medal Winner. Winner of the 2007 Wolf Prize in mathematics. Smale's other honors include the 1965 Veblen Prize for Geometry, awarded every five years by the American Mathematical Society; in 1988, the Chauvenet Prize by the Mathematical Association of America; and in 1989, the Von Neumann Award by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
- George W. Snedecor (MA 1913) was an American mathematician and statistician.
- Edwin Henry Spanier (PhD 1947) was an American mathematician at the University of California at Berkeley, working in algebraic topology.
- Frank Spitzer (BA, PhD), a mathematician who made fundamental contributions to probability theory, including the theory of random walks, fluctuation theory, percolation theory, and especially the theory of interacting particle systems. SHis first academic appointments were at the California Institute of Technology (1953–1958), but most of his academic career was spent at Cornell University, with leaves at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Sweden.
- Norman Steenrod (A.B. 1932), algebraic topologist and author of The Topology of Fiber Bundles. Believed to have coined the phrase abstract nonsense used in category theory.
- Clarence F. Stephens (Ph.D.) was the ninth African American to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. He is credited with inspiring students and faculty at SUNY Potsdam to form the most successful United States undergraduate mathematics degree programs in the past century.
- Robert Simpson Woodward (A.B. 1872). Professor of mechanics and mathematical physics at Columbia (1899–1904). President of the American Mathematical Society from 1899 to 1900. In 1904 became President of the newly formed Carnegie Institution.
- Wallace Calvin Abbott(MED: MD 1885) Founder of Abbott Laboratories. One of the first American physicians to adopt a new technique, developed by a Belgian surgeon, Adolphe Burggraeve, to distill alkaloids—the parts of medicinal plants that have therapeutic effect—into a solid form.
- John Jacob Abel (PHARM: Ph.D. 1883) North American “...father of pharmacology”. Discovered epinephrine, first crystallized insulin, and founded the department of pharmacology at Michigan In 1893, Abel was recruited to establish the department of pharmacology at the newly founded Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, becoming the first full-time professor of pharmacology in the United States.
- Rhoda Alani, dermatologist, chair of the dermatology department at Boston University
- Robert C. Atkins, (BA 1951), developed the Atkins Diet.
- William Henry Beierwaltes, B.S. 1938, (MED: MD 1941). Champion of the use of radioiodine together with surgery in thyroid diagnosis and care. Lead author of first book on nuclear medicine: Clinical Use of Radioisotopes, published in 1957.
- David Botstein, (PhD 1967). Leader in the Human Genome Project, director of Princeton's Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.
- Alexa Canady, (AB 1971), (MED: MD 1975), became the first African-American female neurosurgeon in the country when she was 30. For almost 15 years, she served as chief of neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.
- Benjamin S. Carson, (MED: MD 1977), is the director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.
- Arul Chinnaiyan (MED: MD 1999)He is a cancer researcher and the receiver of the 28th annual American Association for Cancer Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research.
- Thomas Benton Cooley (MED: 1895) was an American pediatrician and hematologist and professor of hygiene and medicine at the University of Michigan. Son of Thomas McIntyre Cooley first Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
- Chi Van Dang, (BA ) MD and Vice Dean of Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Ronald M. Davis, (A.B. 1978), 162nd President American Medical Association (AMA), Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.
- Julio Frenk, (SPH: M.P.H. 1981, MA 1982, Ph.D. 1983). Minister of Health for Mexico.
- Raymond Gist, president of the American Dental Association
- Cyril H. Haas, 1876-1961 (MED: M.D. 1904), medical missionary to Turkey 1910-1951. Built clinic in Adana, Turkey, and treated over 20,000 patients annually. Silver Medal of Turkish Tuberculosis Association, 1962 (posth.). (Source: Obituary, New York Times, Jan. 12, 1961).
- Alice Hamilton, (MED: M.D. 1893), a specialist in lead poisoning and industrial diseases. Known as the "Mother of Industrial Health." In 1919, she became the first woman on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and also became the first woman ever to receive tenure there. She was recently honored with her picture on the 55-cent postage stamp. Winner of the Lasker award.
- Jerome P. Horwitz, PhD 1950, synthesized AZT in 1964, a drug now used to treat AIDS.
- Paul de Kruif, 1910–1912, (PhD 1916), is the author of Microbe Hunters.
- Joel Lamstein (B.S. 1965) is the co-founder and president of John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., international public health research and consulting firms.
- Josiah K. Lilly Jr., 1914 college of pharmacy graduate. Chairman and President of Eli Lilly.
- William James Mayo, (MED: MD 1883), co-founder of the Mayo Clinic.
- Richard T. Miyamoto, (MED: MD 1970). Elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005.
- Leonard Andrew Scheele (BA 1931) (July 25, 1907–January 8, 1993) was the United States Surgeon General from 1948 to 1956.
- Eric B. Schoomaker (BS 1970, MED: MD 1975) Major General, . Commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center Previously, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command at Fort Detrick.
- Thomas L. Schwenk, (MED: MD 1975). dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
- John Clark Sheehan, (MS 1938, PhD 1941), chemist who pioneered the first synthetic penicillin breakthrough in 1957.
- Norman Shumway(MDNG), heart transplantation pioneer, entered the University of Michigan as a pre-law student, but was drafted into the Army in 1943.
- Parvinder Singh (PHARM: Ph.D. 1967), Chairman of Ranbaxy in 1993 until his death in 1999. The market capitalization of the Company went up from about Rs.3.5 Crores to over Rs. 7300 Crores during this period.
- Dr. Homer Stryker, (MED: M.D. 1925), founder of Stryker Corporation
- Dr. William Erastus Upjohn, (MED: M.D. 1875), Inventor of the first pill that dissolved easily in the human body
- Mark W. Wilson, (COE: BS Chem Eng 1996), (MED: MD 1990), professor of Interventional Radiology at University of California, San Francisco.
- Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, (MED: Ph.D. 1982; SPH, MA 1991). Honors: Honorary doctorate of science, Morehouse School of Medicine, 2005; The nation's first state surgeon general, appointed to the new job by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2003.
- Bill Ayers (B.A. 1968), co-founder of the radical Weathermen
- Rick Bayless (doctoral student, linguistics) is an American chef who specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine with modern interpretations. He is, perhaps, best known for his PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time.
- Benjamin Bolger (BA 1994), highlighted in the news as holding what is said to be the largest number of graduate degrees held by a living person.
- Mamah Borthwick (BA 1892), mistress of architect Frank Lloyd Wright who was murdered at his studio, Taliesin.
- Napoleon Chagnon (Ph.D.)is an American anthropologist and professor of anthropology
- Rima Fakih (BA) winner of the 2010 Miss USA title.
- Geoffrey Fieger (BA, MA) is an American attorney based in Southfield, Michigan
- Janet Guthrie (COE: B.Sc physics 1960), “...was among the five racing legends inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame...” in 2006. She was the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Guthrie is still is the only woman to ever lead a Nextel Cup race and her sixth-place finish at Bristol in 1977 remains the best by a woman in NASCAR's modern era. She was top rookie in five different races in 1977 including the Daytona 500 and at Talladega. She finished ninth at Talladega. She was the top rookie in the Indianapolis 500 in 1978. Her fifth place at Milwaukee in 1979 was the best by a woman until Danica Patrick finished fourth at Indy last year. Her Autobiography Janet Guthrie: A Life at Full Throttle, was released in 2005 and hailed by Sports Illustrated as "...one of the best sports books ever..." . Guthrie’s helmet and driver's suit are in the Smithsonian Institution, and she was one of the first athletes named to the Women's Sports Hall of Fame.
- Robert Groves (PhD 1975), in 2009, Presidential nominee to head taking of national census. Nomination stalled by Republican opposition to use of "sampling" methodology, which Groves has already stated would not be used.
- Alireza Jafarzadeh, the well-known whistle-blower of Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program when he exposed in August 2002 the nuclear sites in Natanz and Arak, and triggered the inspection of the Iranian nuclear sites by the UN for the first time; author of The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (Palgrave MacMillan: 2008)
- Carol Jantsch (BFA 2006) the sole female tuba player on staff with a major U.S. orchestra — and is believed to be the first in history. At 21, she's the youngest member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Several months before her appointment in 2006, Jantsch was a senior at the University of Michigan, about to graduate and playing on the school's Ultimate Frisbee team during a season that took it to ninth in the nation.
- Morris Ketchum Jessup (March 2, 1900 – April 20, 1959), had a Master of Science Degree in astronomy and, though employed for most of his life as an automobile-parts salesman and a photographer, is probably best remembered for his pioneering ufological writings and his role in "uncovering" the so-called "Philadelphia Experiment".
- Lion Kim winner of the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links and participant in the 2011 Masters Tournament
- Jeff Masters, (BS AOS 1982, MS 1983, PhD 1997) Founding member of The Weather Underground
- Jerry Newport (B.A. Mathematics) (born August 19, 1948) is an author with Asperger syndrome whose life was the basis for the 2005 feature-length movie Mozart and the Whale. Named "Most Versatile Calculator" in the 2010 World Calculation Cup.
- Tony Ridder (LS&A: B.A. 1962) CEO of Knight Ridder 1995-2006
- Jane Scott (3 May 1919 - 4 July 2011) was an influential rock critic for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. During her career she covered every major rock concert in Cleveland and was on a first name basis with many stars. Until her retirement from the newspaper in April 2002 she was known as "The World’s Oldest Rock Critic." She was also influential in bringing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland.
- Robert Shiller (B.A. 1967) Economist: Author of Irrational Exuberance
- Michael Sekora (B.S. 1977), founder and director of Project Socrates, the intelligence community's classified program that was tasked with using all source intelligence to determine the underlying cause of America's economic decline and then utilize this understanding to develop the required solutions.
- Jerome Singleton (COE: IEOR) (born July 7, 1986) is a Paralympic athlete from the United States competing mainly in category T44 (single below knee amputation) sprint events.
- Jerald F. ter Horst, (BA 1947), briefly, President Ford's press secretary.
- François Duvalier, (Public Health, 1944–45) repressive dictator, excommunication from the Catholic Church, estimates of those killed by Duvalier's regime are as high as 30,000.
- Theodore Kaczynski (PhD 1967) better known as the Unabomber, had been one of U-M's most promising mathematicians. He earned his Ph.D. by solving, in less than a year, a math problem that his advisor Piranian had been unable to solve. Kaczynski's specialty was a branch of complex analysis known as geometric function theory. In 1967, his dissertation, entitled "Boundary Functions," recognized as the school's best in math that year. At Michigan he held a National Science Foundation fellowship, and published two articles related to his dissertation in mathematical journals. He later abandoned his promising mathematics career to engage in a mail bombing campaign.
- Jack Kevorkian, (MED: MD (Pathology) 1952), guilty of second-degree homicide after committing euthanasia by administering a lethal injection to Thomas Youk, Kevorkian spent eight years in prison. You Don’t Know Jack,” HBO’s biopic on Kevorkian starred Al Pacino. It later picked up 16 Emmy nominations in 15 categories, including outstanding made-for-TV movie. Pacino won an Emmy for his portrayal, as well as a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
- Nathan F. Leopold, (Transfer) Jr. homosexual thrill killer of Leopold and Loeb, transferred from Michigan in 1922 to the University of Chicago, before killing 14-year-old murdering Robert "Bobby" Franks.
- Richard A. Loeb, (B.A. 1923) thrill killer of Leopold and Loeb, was the youngest graduate in the University of Michigan's history, murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks.
- Herman Webster Mudgett, (MED: MD 1884) a/k/a H.H. Holmes, 19th-century serial killer, one of the first documented American serial killers, confessed to 27 murders, of which nine were confirmed, his actual body count could be as high as 250. He took an unknown number of his victims from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which was less than 2 miles away from his "World's Fair" hotel. Holmes's story was novelized by Erik Larson in his 2003 non-fiction book The Devil in the White City.
- John Melville Burgess (BA 1930, MA 1931, Hon DHum 1963), diocesan bishop of Massachusetts and the first African American to head an Episcopal diocese.
- Larry Brilliant(SPH: MPH 1977) (Economic Development and Health Planning). Head of Google Foundation (holds assets of $1Bn). A co-founder of The Well, In 1979, he founded the Seva Foundation, which has given away more than $100 million. CEO of SoftNet Systems Inc., a global broadband Internet services company in San Francisco that at its peak had more than 500 employees and $600 million capitalization.
- Mark Malloch Brown, MA. Chef de Cabinet (no.2 rank in the United Nations system), and Deputy Secretary-General.
- Stephen Goldsmith (LAW: JD) - Marion County district attorney for 12 years and later two-term mayor of Indianapolis (1992–1999). Appointed to a senior fellow at the Milken Institute (a nonprofit, independent economic think tank) in 2006. His work in Indianapolis has been cited as a national model.
- Lisa Hamilton (LAW: JD), named, in 2007, as the president of The UPS Foundation, UPS (NYSE:UPS). Hamilton has been with UPS for 10 years and before her current post, served as The UPS Foundation's program director.
- Bill Ivey, (BA 1966) the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts 1998–2001, credited with restoring the agency's credibility with Congress. Ivey, who was appointed by President Clinton. As the NEA's seventh chairman, he spearheaded the development of a five-year strategic plan that targeted support to arts education, services for young people, cultural heritage preservation, community partnerships and expanded access.
- Bob King (B.A. 1968) President of the UAW
- Rajiv Shah (AB), former director of agricultural development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, nominated in 2009 as chief scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture and under secretary of agriculture for research, education and economics. Currently the Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development.
- Michael J. Smith, (BUS: MBA ) (COE: BSE), and CFA was named chief investment officer of the $2.5Bn Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in 2006. He is past president of the Financial Analysts Society of Detroit.
- Sterling Speirn(LAW: JD) - President and CEO Kellogg Foundation (assets of $7.3 billion).
- Stacey Davis Stewart (BUS: MBA 1987) - President and CEO of Fannie Mae Foundation
- Jack Vaughn, United States Peace Corps Director.
- John George Vlazny, (M.A. 1967) a Roman Catholic prelate and currently the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland
- Mark Weisbrot (Ph. D) (born 1954, Chicago) is an American economist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of "Social Security: The Phony Crisis" (University of Chicago Press, 2000).
Pulitzer Prize winners
- Leslie Bassett received the 1966 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Variations for Orchestra, premiered in Rome in 1963 by the RAI Symphony Orchestra under Feruccio Scaglia
- Daniel Biddle, 1987 Investigative Reporting Pulitzer, Philadelphia Inquirer with H. G. Bissinger and Fredric N. Tulsky;
- Edwin G. Burrows, Won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1999 for the book Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898.
- John Ciardi (M.A. 1939), Pulitzer Prize winning Poet Blue Skies.
- George Crumb, (MUSIC: PhD 1959) composer and 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner
- Sheri Fink (A.B. 1990), accepted the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for her gripping narrative, "The Deadly Choices at Memorial,"
- Robin Givhan, (M.A. journalism) won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
- Amy Harmon, Harmon won the 2008 prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series titled "The DNA Age
- David Levering Lewis (MDNG) is an American historian and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
- Ann Marie Lipinski,former editor, Chicago Tribune 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner
- Arthur Miller, (AB 1938), playwright, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author
- Paul Scott Mowrer, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner
- Howard Moss, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Selected Poems in 1971.
- Roger Reynolds (COE: BSE) Composer. His 25-minute-long piece for string orchestra, Whispers out of Time, won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for music.
- Eugene Robinson, Michigan Daily Co-Editor-in-Chief in 1973-74, who was awarded a Pulitzer in April 2009 for his Washington Post commentaries on the 2008 presidential campaign;
- Theodore Roethke, (A.B. 1929, M.A.) Poet and winner of the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for his collection The Waking
- Jeffrey Seller is an American theatrical producer.
- David C. Turnley is an American photographer.
- Claude H. Van Tyne (B.A. 1896), won the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book The War of Independence.
- Roger Wilkins, (AB 1953, LAW: LLB 1956, HLHD 1993), was a journalist of the Washington Post. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for his Watergate editorials.
- Lawrence C. Hull 1907
- Willard T. Barbour 1908
- James K. Watkins 1911
- Brand Blanshard 1913
- William A. Pearl 1916
- Ralph M. Carson 1918
- Albert C. Jacobs 1921
- Bertrand Bronson 1922
- John P. Dawson 1924
- Edgar H. Ailes 1927
- Allan Seager 1930
- Glen D. Gosling 1931
- S. H. Beer 1932
- George C. Tilley 1932
- Wilfred Sellars 1934
- Martin Wagner1935
- R. V. Roosa 1939
- Robert L. Taylor 1947
- David W. Baad 1957
- Gary R. Noble 1958
- Mark R. Killingsworth 1967
- Ihor Fedorowycz 1980
- Leah Niederstadt 1994
- Fiona Rose 1998
- Joseph S. Jewell 2005
- Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed 2009
- Eben Alsberg (M.S.E. 1998; Ph.D. 2002), Tissue Engineer, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University
- Isabella Abbott (MS 1942) noted ethnobotanist who specialized in algae. More than 200 algae owe their discovery and scientific names to Professor Abbott.
- Werner Emmanuel Bachmann (Ph.D. 1926) (November 13, 1901–March 22, 1951) was a U.S. chemist. He is considered a pioneer in steroid synthesis, and carried out the first total synthesis of a steroidal hormone, equilenin. Winner of a Guggenheim award.
- Frank Benford (1910), an electrical engineer and physicist known for Benford’s Law, also devised in 1937 an instrument for measuring the refraction index of glass.
- John Joseph Bittner (Ph.D. 1930) - geneticist and cancer biologist, who made contributions on the genetics of breast cancer.
- John M. Carpenter (M.S. 1958, Ph.D. 1963), nuclear engineer, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Kathryn Clark, PhD. 1990. NASA's Chief Scientist for Human Space Flight. Chief Scientist for the International Space Station. President of Docere LLC.
- Bernhard Dawson, (B.S., Ph.D. 1933) U.S.-born Argentinian astronomer after whom the Dawson crater is named.
- David Mathias Dennison was an American physicist who made contributions to quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and the physics of molecular structure. He was a Guggenheim award winner.
- Gerald R. Dickens, (Ph.D. 1996) Professor of Earth Science at Rice University.
- Charles Fremont Dight (MED 1879) (1856–1938) was medical professor and promoter of the human eugenics movement in the U.S. state of Minnesota.
- William Gould Dow (COE: MSE 1929) - Pioneer in electrical engineering, space research, and nuclear engineering. Past chairman of the EECS Department.
- Douglas Joel Futuyma Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Author of the widely used textbook Evolutionary Biology, and Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution, an introduction to the creation-evolution controversy. President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and of the American Society of Naturalists. He was the editor of Evolution and the Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. Received the Sewall Wright Award from the American Society of Naturalists; Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Fellow. Member, National Academy of Sciences.
- Frank Gill, (BS, PhD 1969) - ornithologist. Author of the standard textbook Ornithology and editor of the encyclopedic series, Birds of North America. Past president of the American Ornithologists' Union.
- Moses Gomberg, (PhD 1894), U-M professor of chemistry, discovered organic free radicals in 1900
- Arnold B. Grobman (B.A.) (born 1918) is an American zoologist.
- Craig Halberstadt invented the incubator to speed up skin cell growth in biology.
- Martin Harwit (MS) He studied under Fred Hoyle, designed the first liquid-helium-cooled rockets for boosting telescopes into the atmosphere, and investigated airborne infrared astronomy and infrared spectroscopy for NASA. Bruce Medal 2007;National Air and Space Museum Director (1987–95).
- Clara H. Hasse (Ph B 1903) botanist
- Jerome Horowitz, (Ph.D.) Developed AZT, an anti-viral compound used in the treatment of AIDS.
- Edward Israel, (AB 1881) astronomer and Arctic explorer
- Emil John Konopinski, (1933, MA 1934, PhD 1936), patented a device that made the first hydrogen bomb with Dr. Edward Teller. He was a member of the Manhattan Project.
- Zachary J. Lemnios, (COE: BSEE) Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) ; previously, Chief Technology Officer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory,
- Armin O. Leuschner(BS Math 1888)Astronomer at Berkeley, became the first graduate student at Lick Observatory. He devised a simplification of differential corrections, improved the methodology for determining the courses of planetoids and comets, and oversaw a survey of all the known minor planets. He founded the Astronomy Department at Berkeley, and for forty years served as director of the student observatory there, which was renamed in his honor days after his death. James Craig Watson Medal 1916; Bruce Medal 1936; American Astronomical Society ; Asteroid Namesake 1361 Leuschneria
- Homer Martin (COE: MSE ChE 1936, PhD 1938) - One of the key figures in the development of aviation fuel for the Allies in World War II.
- Homer A. Neal (PhD 1966) Director of the ATLAS Project; Member of the Board of Ford Motors (1997-); Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
- Harald Herborg Nielsen, (Ph.D.) physicist who performed pioneering research in molecular infrared spectra.
- Antonia Novello, (MED: 1974), first female US surgeon general
- Donald Othmer (MSC 1925; Ph.D. 1927) cofounded and coedited (1947) the 27-volume Kirk—Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. Was chairman of Polytechnic University Chemical Engineering Department (1937–1961). He invented the Othmer still, which entrated the acetic acid needed to produce cellulose acetate for motion picture film. Was awarded 40 patents at Kodak.
- Felix Pawlowski (COE: MSE 1914), an eyewitness to demonstrations by the Wright brothers and other early pioneers of aviation, and Prof. Herbert Sadler (Cooley's successor as dean) launch the nation's first program in aeronautical engineering.
- Raymond Pearl (Ph.D. 1902), regarded as one of the founders of biogerontology.
- Henry Pollack (Ph.D. 1963) is emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan.
- Albert Benjamin Prescott (MED: 1864) (1832–1905) was an American chemist, born in Hastings, New York. Dean of the school of pharmacy in 1876, and director of the chemical laboratory in 1884. Professor Prescott served as president of the American Chemical Society in 1886, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1891, and president of the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1900.
- Edwin William Schultz (A.B. 1914) was an American pathologist and a Guggenheim award winner.
- Homi Sethna (M.A. 1946) He was formerly Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India, in 1976 he became the first chairman of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, located in Pune, Maharashtra.
- Indroyono Soesilo (MS 1981) Director of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Use and Conservation Division (FIR) from 2012–present, Secretary to the Coordinating Ministry of People's Welfare of the Republic of Indonesia (2008-2012)
- Frank Spedding (1925) chemist who developed an ion exchange procedure for separating rare earth elements, purifying uranium, and separating isotopes of elements. Mr. Spedding was a Guggenheim award winner.
- Joseph Beal Steere (A.B. 1868) an American ornithologist
- Marie Tharp, (MS Geology) an oceanographic cartographer whose work paved the way for the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift.
- Juris Upatnieks, (MSE EE 1965), with Emmett Leith created the first working hologram in 1962
- Steven G. Vandenberg, (Ph.D. 1955), an influential behavior geneticist
- James McDonald Vicary (April 30, 1915 – November 7, 1977) was a market researcher best known for pioneering the notion of subliminal advertising in 1957.
- James Craig Watson (BA 1857, MA 1859), astronomer who established the James Craig Watson Medal
- John V. Wehausen, (BS 1934, MS 1935, and Ph.D. 1938)"One of the world's leading researchers in hydrodynamics."
- Nancy Wexler, (Ph.D. 1974) a geneticist and Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology at Columbia University
- Ta You Wu, (Ph.D. 1933), called "...the father of Chinese physics.".
- Zhu Guangya (Chinese: 朱光亚 (Ph.D. 1950); December 25, 1924 - February 26, 2011) - nuclear physicist; academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He served as the vice chairman of 8th and 9th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Zhu led the development of China's atomic bomb and hydrogen bomb program.
- George Zweig (BS 1959) was still a graduate student when he published "the definitive compilation of elementary particles and their properties" in 1963, the work that led up to his theory about the existence of quarks in 1964. He is considered to have developed the theory of quarks independently of Murray Gell-Mann.
- Fay Ajzenberg-Selove was a German-American nuclear physicist.
- Detlev Wulf Bronk He is credited with establishing biophysics as a recognized discipline.
- John W. Cahn is an American scientist and winner of the 1998 National Medal of Science.
- Stanley Cohen (Ph.D.) is an American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology and Medicine (1986).
- Carl R. de Boor is a German-American mathematician
- Harry George Drickamer (November 19, 1918 – May 6, 2002), born Harold George Weidenthal, was a pioneer experimentalist in high-pressure studies of condensed matter.
- Willis M. Hawkins was an aeronautical engineer for Lockheed for more than fifty years.
- George W. Housner was an eminent authority on earthquake engineering and National Medal of Science laureate.
- Clarence L. Johnson (February 27, 1910 – December 21, 1990) was an American system engineer and aeronautical innovator.
- Isabella L. Karle (born December 2, 1921) is an American x-ray crystallographer.
- Dr. Donald L. Katz (Ph.D.) was an American chemist and a chemical engineer.
- Marshall Warren Nirenberg (Ph.D.) was an American biochemist and geneticist.
- Michael Posner is an American psychologist.
- Claude E. Shannon was an American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory".
- Isadore Singer (born April 24, 1924) is an Institute Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Stephen Smale is an American mathematician from Flint, Michigan.
- Karen K. Uhlenbeck is a professor of mathematics
- Donald Dexter Van Slyke (Ph.D.) was a renowned Dutch American biochemist.
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