List of University of Nebraska–Lincoln people

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This list of University of Nebraska–Lincoln people includes notable graduates, instructors, and administrators affiliated with University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Three Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the University.

Nobel laureates[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
George Beadle (born 1903) B.S. 1926; M.S. 1927 Scientist; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine winner (1958);
7th President of University of Chicago (1961—1968).
[1][2]
Donald Cram (born 1919) M.S. 1942 Chemist; Nobel Prize for Chemistry winner (1987). [3]
Alan Heeger (born 1936) B.S. 1957; Honorary Doctorate 1999 Chemist; Nobel Prize for Chemistry winner (2000). [4]

Pulitzer Prize winners[edit]

  • Willa Cather (1895) – Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for her wartime novel, One of Ours
  • Ted Kooser (M.A. 1968) – An American poet who was the thirteenth Poet Laureate of the United States, serving two terms from 2004 to 2006. He teaches as a Visiting Professor in the English department of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. On August 12, 2004, he was named Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by the Librarian of Congress to serve a term from October 2004 through May 2005. In April 2005, Ted Kooser was appointed to serve a second term as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. During that same week Kooser received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book "Delights and Shadows" (2004).
  • Marjie Lundstrom (1978) – Pulitzer Prize in 1991 as a national reporter for the Gannett News service, for which she wrote a series on child-abuse deaths.

Academics[edit]

College founders, presidents and deans[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Edith Abbott 1901 Founder of University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. [5]
Gene Budig M.A. 1963; Ed.D 1967 Chancellor of the University of Kansas (1980–1994);
President of West Virginia University (1977–1980);
President of Illinois State University (1973–1977)
Edward C. Elliott B.S. 1895; M.A. 1897 Chancellor of Montana's public university system (1916–1922);
President of Purdue University (1922–1945)
Miguel Escotet Ph.D. Dean of College of Education at University of Texas at Brownsville;
Emeritus UNESCO and United Nations University Chair on History and Future of University.
John Jasinski Ph.D. 1996 President of Northwest Missouri State University. [6]
Alvin Johnson M.A. 1898 Founder of the New School.
Roscoe Pound B.A. 1888; M.A. 1889; Ph.D. 1897 4th Dean of Harvard Law School (1916–1936);
Namesake of 'Pound Hall' at Harvard Law School.
[7][8]
William Ruud B.A.; Ph.D. President of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Professors and scholars[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Robert A. Alberty B.S. 1943; M.S. 1944 Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at MIT. [9]
Hartley Burr Alexander Wrote symbolism and inscriptions in the Nebraska State Capitol; conducted the first study of ritual, symbolism and philosophy of the native peoples of the Americas between 1908 and 1929 and a Professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska.
George Andreasen B.S; M.S Former Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. [10]
Nancy Andreasen B.A. Chair of Psychiatry at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. [11]
Norma Cantú Ph.D. 1982 Professor of English at University of Texas at San Antonio. [12]
Edwin Colbert B.A. Former Professor Emeritus at Columbia University. [10]
Donald Cox B.S. 1959; M.S. 1960 Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. [13]
Harold "Doc" Edgerton B.S. 1925 Former Institute Professor at MIT;
Namesake of "Edgerton Center" at MIT;
Took the first photographs of the atomic bomb.
[14]
Loren Eiseley B.A./B.S. 1933 Former Professor at University of Pennsylvania;
Writer and poet best known for explaining complex scientific concepts in poems.
Rollins A. Emerson B.S. Former Professor of plant breeding at Cornell University.
Jay Keasling B.S. 1986 Professor of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. [15]
Derrick Lehmer B.A. 1893; M.A. 1896 Former Professor of Mathematics at University of California, Berkeley.
John L. Loos B.A. 1939; M.A. 1940 Professor of History at Louisiana State University from 1955 to 1988; researcher of the Lewis and Clark Expedition [16][17]
John Norman B.A. 1953 Former Professor of Philosophy at Queens College, City University of New York.
Dirk Obbink B.A. 1978 Lecturer in Papyrology and Greek Literature at Oxford University.
Londa Schiebinger B.A. 1974 Professor of History of Science at Stanford University. [18]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Business[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Warren Buffett (born 1930) B.S./B.A. 1950 Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. [20]
Jack Cole B.S./B.A. Founder of Cole Information Services, Inc.
Harry Culver (born 1880) Founder and Namesake of Culver City, California.
Vinod Gupta M.S. 1969; M.B.A. 1971 Founder and Chairman of infoGROUP;
Founder Namesake of Vinod Gupta School of Management at IIT Karagpur.
[21]
C. Edward McVaney B.S. Founder of JD Edwards Corporation.

Law and politics[edit]

Heads of state[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Karlis A. Ulmanis (born 1909) B.S. 1st Prime Minister of Latvia and 4th President of Latvia. [22][23]

Cabinet secretaries and assistant secretaries[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Claude M. Bolton, Jr. (born 1969) B.S. 1969; Honorary Doctorate 2007 3rd United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology [24]
Herbert Brownell, Jr. B.A. 62nd United States Attorney General. [25]
Chuck Hagel (born 1946) 1971 24th United States Secretary of Defense
United States Senator from Nebraska
[26]
Richard Lee McCall, Jr. (born 1942) did not graduate 13th United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
Clayton Yeutter (born 1930) B.S. 1952; J.D. 1963; Ph.D. 1966 23rd United States Secretary of Agriculture [27]

Senators[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
James Abdnor (born 1923) 1945 United States Senator from South Dakota [28]
Hazel Abel (born 1888) 1908 United States Senator from Nebraska [29]
Elmer Burkett (born 1867) Law 1893 United States Senator from Nebraska [30]
Kenneth S. Wherry (born 1892) 1914 United States Senator from Nebraska [31]

Governors[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ralph G. Brooks (born 1898) 1926 29th Governor of Nebraska [32]
Robert Leroy Cochran (born 1886) 1910 24th Governor of Nebraska [33]
Jonathan M. Davis (born 1871) 22nd Governor of Kansas [34]
Dwight Griswold (born 1893) 1914 25th Governor of Nebraska and U.S. Senator [35]
Stanley K. Hathaway (born 1924) Law 1950 27th Governor of Wyoming [36]
Elmer Holt (born 1884) 1902 10th Governor of Montana [37]
Samuel Roy McKelvie (born 1881) 19th Governor of Nebraska and the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska [38]
Adam McMullen (born 1872) 1896 21st Governor of Nebraska [39]
Ben Nelson (born 1941) B.A.; M.A.; J.D. 37h Governor of Nebraska; Current United States Senator [40]
George L. Sheldon (born 1870) 1892 14th Governor of Nebraska [41]
Charles Thone (born 1924) 34h Governor of Nebraska [42]
Arthur J. Weaver (born 1873) 22nd Governor of Nebraska [43]

Representatives[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Michael Ashford (born 1955) 1977 member of Ohio House of Representatives
Howard Buffett (born 1903) 1925 U.S. Representative from Nebraska. [44]
Chris Carney (born 1959) Ph.D. U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania. [45]
Jackson B. Chase (born 1890) LL.B. 1912 U.S. Representative from Nebraska. [46]
Harry B. Coffee (born 1890) U.S. Representative from Nebraska. [47]
Hal Daub (born 1941) J.D. 1966 U.S. Representative from Nebraska. [48]
George H. Heinke (born 1882) Law 1908 U.S. Representative from Nebraska. [49]
Fred Johnson (born 1876) Law 1903 U.S. Representative from Nebraska. [50]
Thomas F. Konop (born 1879) Law 1904 U.S. Representative from Wisconsin. [51]
John Henry Kyl (born 1919) 1947 U.S. Representative from Iowa. [52]
John A. Maguire (born 1870) Law 1899 U.S. Representative from Nebraska. [53]
Jan Meyers (born 1928) B.A. 1951 U.S. Representative from Kansas. [54]
Howard Miller (born 1879) Law 1900 U.S. Representative from Kansas. [55]
Adrian Smith (born 1970) 1993 U.S. Representative from Nebraska [56]
Lee Terry (born 1962) B.A. U.S. Representative from Nebraska [57]

Judges[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Clarence Beam B.S. 1951; J.D. 1965 United States federal judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. [58]
John R. Brown B.A. 1930 United States federal judge of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. [59]
William G. Cambridge B.S. 1953; J.D. 1955 United States federal judge. [60]
Laurie Camp Law 1977 Judge in United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. [61]
Kristine Cecava Law 1976 Judge in United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.. [62]
John V. Hendry B.S.; J.D. Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, 1998–2006 [63]
Harvey M. Johnsen B.A. 1921; LL.B. 1919 United States federal judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. [64]
Richard G. Kopf J.D. 1972 Federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. [65]
John Pickett LL.B. 1922 United States federal judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. [66]
William J. Riley B.A.; J.D. Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. [67]
Donald Ross J.D. 1948 United States federal judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. [68]
Kenneth C. Stephan B.A.; LL.B. Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. [69]
Robert Van Pelt LL.B. 1922 U.S. District Judge in the District of Nebraska. [70]

Political figures and activists[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Grace Abbott Director of Immigrants Protective League of Hull House and Chief of the United States Children's Bureau, where she administered the first federal child labor law and the Maternity and Infancy Act.
Helen Klanderud Law degree Former Mayor of Aspen, Colorado (2001–2007) [71]
Mark Quandahl Law 1987 Chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party (2005–2009). [72]
James Lee Rankin LL.B. 1930 31st United States Solicitor General;
General Counsel to the Warren Commission.
[73]
Theodore (Ted) Sorensen J.D. 1951 8th White House Counsel;
Special Counsel and Speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy.
[74]

Military[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Lloyd M. Bucher (born 1927) B.S. 1953 Commander of the United States Navy
Captain of the USS Pueblo (AGER-2).
Bruce P. Crandall (born 1933) B.A. 1969 Colonel of the United States Army;
Awarded Medal of Honor.
[75]
Galen B. Jackman (born 1951) B.A. 1973 Major General of the United States Army.
Michael D. Navrkal B.S. 1984 Brigadier General of the Army National Guard;
Awarded the Legion of Merit.
John J. Pershing (born 1860) LL.B. 1893 General of the Armies of the United States Army;
Led the American Expeditionary Force in World War I;
Awarded GCB, Legion of Honour, CH and 1932 Pulitzer Prize.
[76]

Literature[edit]

  • Catherine Kidwell (MFA 1977) – novelist
  • Mary Pipher (Ph.D. 1977) – author, expert on culture and mental health; author of Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, which was a best seller for over three years;[77] author of the New York Times best seller[78] The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families to Enrich Our Lives
  • Mari Sandoz – a biographer, novelist, and historian whose work usually drew on the life of the Great Plains. She became well known for non-fiction works such Old Jules (1935) and Crazy Horse (1942).
  • Jim Thompson (attended 1929–1931) – wrote 29 books between 1942 and 1973, including books adapted to film such as The Getaway (produced twice) and The Grifters

Science and Technology[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Bion J. Arnold Father of the third rail;
Designed New York's Interborough Rapid Transit subway system.
Henry Beachell Leading 20th century rice breeder;
Co-pioneer of Asia's Green Revolution in rice;
Winner of 1996 World Food Prize and 1987 Japan Prize of the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan.
[79]
Rolla Kent Beattie Botanist [80]
Frederic Clements B.Sc. 1894; M.A. 1896; Ph.D. 1898 Pioneer ecologist. [81]
Gladys Dick B.S. 1900 Co-inventor of vaccine for scarlet fever. [82]
Jay Wright Forrester B.S. 1935 Inventor of the foundational computer technology Magnetic-core memory, forerunner of today's random-access memory. [83]
Gene V Glass Inventor of the statistical technique Meta-analysis.
Richard Hamming B.S. 1939 Founder and President of Association for Computing Machinery.
Leta Hollingworth B.A. 1906 Wrote first comprehensive text on the gifted;
Commenced one of the first systematic studies of children with intelligence quotients (IQ) above 180.
[84]
William A. Mueller Produced sound technology for early motion pictures;
Pioneered the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer.
Donald Othmer Co-editor of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology;
Has held more than 150 U.S. and foreign patents.
[85]
Charles H. Purcell B.S. 1906 Chief designer and Engineer of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge;
One of the 20th century’s most distinguished civil engineers.
[86]
Gerry Thomas Inventor of the TV Dinner.

Athletics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

  • Joba Chamberlain – Professional MLB baseball player – New York Yankees[87]
  • Darin Erstad – Professional MLB baseball player – Anaheim Angels, Current Nebraska–Lincoln baseball head coach
  • Kip Gross – Professional MLB baseball player[88]
  • Adam Stern – Professional MLB baseball player[89]

Basketball[edit]

Football[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Faculty[edit]

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