Here follows a list of notable alumni and faculty of the
University of Rochester.
Notable alumni [ edit ]
Nobel laureates [ edit ]
Vincent du Vigneaud (Ph.D. 1927), Nobel laureate (1955, chemistry)
Arthur Kornberg (M.D. 1941, D.Sc. 1962), Nobel laureate (1959, physiology or medicine)
Daniel Carleton Gajdusek (B.S. 1943), Nobel laureate (1976, physiology or medicine)
Steven Chu (B.A. math and B.S. physics 1970), Nobel laureate (1997, physics), U.S. Secretary of Energy (2009-)
Masatoshi Koshiba (Ph.D 1955), Nobel laureate (2002, physics)
Higher education leaders [ edit ]
Myles Brand (PhD 1967) Former President, NCAA
Robert J. Dolan (Ph.D. 1977), Dean of University of Michigan Business School (Ross) Thomas Farrell (B.A., M.S.), Vice President of
University of Chicago
Madeleine R. Grumet (Ph.D.), Dean of UNC Chapel Hill School of Education
Karen R. Hitchcock (Ph.D.), Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queen's University, Canada
Susan Hockfield (B.A. 1973), Former Dean and Provost of Yale University, President of MIT
Barbara E. Kahn (B.A. 1974), Dean, of University of Miami School of Business
Joseph B. Martin (Ph.D. 1971), Dean of Harvard Medical School
Steven Matson (Ph.D.), Dean of Graduate School of UNC Chapel Hill
Brian C. Mitchell (Ph.D.), President of Bucknell University
Hugo Sonnenschein (B.A. 1961), President Emeritus and Adam Smith Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at University of Chicago
David C. Sweet (B.A.), President of Youngstown State University 2000–2010
Gary Schuster (Ph.D. 1971), Former Provost and Vice President of Georgia Institute of Technology 2006 - 2009
Nils Yngve Wessell (Ph.D. 1938), President of Tufts University 1953-1966
Academia [ edit ]
Bruce Armitage (B.S. 1988), organic chemist, Carnegie Mellon University professor
Frederick R. Bieber (M.S. 1976), medical geneticist. Harvard University professor
Hany Farid (B.S. 1989), William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science of Dartmouth College.
Morris Fiorina (Ph.D. 1972), Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Author of Divided Government and Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America.
Kenneth French (M.B.A. 1978, M.S. 1981, Ph.D. 1983), M. Heidt Professor of Finance at Dartmouth College and efficient markets theorist
Steven Hahn (B.A. 1978), Pulitzer Prize winning historian on faculty at University of Pennsylvania.
N. Katherine Hayles, (Ph.D. 1977), critical literary theorist
Zvi Hercowitz (Ph.D. 1980), macroeconomist at Tel Aviv University
Peter van Inwagen (Ph.D.), philosopher specializing in metaphysics, John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame
Francis W. Kelsey (B.A. 1880, Ph.D. 1886), Professor of Latin at the University of Michigan from 1889 to 1927 and namesake of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Richard McKelvey (Ph.D. 1971), political scientist and game theorist
Arthur R. Miller (BA 1956) Phi Beta Kappa Graduate, Harvard Law graduate magna cum laude 1958, renowned law professor at Harvard University and since 2007 at NYU
Grove Karl Gilbert (geologist)
Mark Rosenzweig (B.A. 1943, M.S. 1944), research psychologist whose studies showed that the brain develops into adulthood based on life experiences. [1 ]
Ivan Sag (B.A. 1971), Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University
José Scheinkman (Ph.D. 1974), Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics at Princeton University
Richard Thaler (Ph.D. 1974), Economist known for pioneering behavioral finance
H. Allen Orr, Evolutionary Biologist
Albion W. Tourgée (1859), lawyer, civil rights activist. Represented Homer Plessy in the trial of Plessy v. Ferguson.
David Sloan Wilson (B.A. 1971), Professor of Biology and Anthropology, Binghamton University and noted author.
Steven M. Weinreb (Ph.D. 1967) Russell and Mildred Marker Professor of Natural Products Chemistry Chair, Pennsylvania State University, developer of the Weinreb ketone synthesis.
Performing arts [ edit ]
George Abbott (B.A. 1911), Broadway writer, producer, and director
Ron Carter (B.A. 1959), jazz double-bassist
William Dooley (B.A. 1954), operatic baritone
Doug Besterman (B.A. 1986), orchestrator and arranger
Frederick Fennell (B.A. 1937, M.A. 1939), conductor and promotor of the wind ensemble as a performing group
Renée Fleming (M.A.S. 1983), soprano opera singer
Robert Forster (B.A. 1964), nominated actor
Emil J. Kang (B.A. 1990), arts administrator, educator, and curator
Michael Kanfer (1980) Academy Award-winning visual effects artist for special effects
Chuck Mangione (B.M. 1963), jazz performer and composer
J. Greg Miller, horn player
John R. Quieter (B.A. 1979, M.M. 1981), opera singer
Anthony Dean Griffey (M.M. 2001), opera singer
Forbes Riley (B.A. 1983, Political Science and Film Studies), infomercial hostess and actress
Debra Jo Rupp (B.A. 1974), actress
Tony Levin, bass player
Steve Gadd, drummer John Hollenbeck (B.A.1990), drummer and composer
Government [ edit ]
Ruth B. Balser, (
A.B. 1969), member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives ( served 1998 - present)
Steven Chu (B.A. math and B.S. physics 1970), current United States Secretary of Energy, Nobel Prize winner - Physics
Mark Ferrandino, (B.A. 1999; M.A. 2000) Colorado House of Representatives 2007–Present
Vittorio Grilli, (Ph.D. 1986), Italy's Finance and Economy Minister ( Monti Cabinet)
Mary Ellen Jones, (B.A., 1958, M.A.), former New York State senator
Lewis A. Kaplan, (A.B. 1966) Federal judge for New York's Southern District
David T. Kearns, (B.A. 1952) former CEO of Xerox Corporation and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education
Kenneth Keating, U.S. Representative and Senator from New York
Lawrence Kudlow (1969), Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, CNBC host R. Brooks LaPlante, (MBA) Founder/CEO of Doughmakers Gourmet Bakeware and former member of the
Indiana House of Representatives
Chris Lee, Former Congressman, New York's 26th Congressional district. Allison M. Macfarlane, (B.S. Geological Sciences 1972) current chair of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Dan Rosenthal, (B.A. 1988) Assistant to the President in the White House under Bill Clinton
Robert D. Sack, (B.A. 1960) Judge United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
George F. Ward (B.A.), former United States Ambassador to Namibia [3 ]
Donald C. Winter, (B.S. 1969) Secretary of the Navy (2006–2009)
Robert H. Conn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1981–1988)
Jimmie V. Reyna, (B.A. 1975) Federal judge for United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [4 ]
Literature [ edit ]
Science and technology [ edit ]
Robert Dicke (Ph.D. 1939), inventor of lock-in amplifier, and who made contributions to the fields of astrophysics, atomic physics, cosmology and gravity
Stan Frankel (Ph.D. 1942), Manhattan Project scientist and computer designer
Michael Gotlieb (MD 1973), First physician to identify AIDS as a disease
Amit Goyal (Ph.D. 1991), Corporate Fellow & Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Inventor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Rochester Distinguished Scholar Medal recipient
Elon Howard Eton (B.A. 1890), Ornithologist
Edward Gibson (B.S. 1959), former NASA astronaut who set an American record for space travel with 84 days in orbit
G.K. Gilbert (1862), geologist and Wollaston Medal recipient
Donald Henderson (M.D. 1954), physician and epidemiologist
Jay Last (B.S. 1951), member of the Traitorous eight that founded Silicon Valley
William F. May (B.S. 1937), chemical engineer who co-founded the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1969. [5 ]
Kenneth Ouriel (M.D. 1977), medical researcher and prominent vascular surgeon who operated on Bob Dole [6 ] [7 ] [8 ]
James A. Pawelczyk (B.S. 1982), NASA astronaut
Richard Rashid (M.S. 1977, Ph.D. 1980 Computer Science), invented the Mach operating system, currently head of Microsoft Research
Maj. General Philip King Russel (M.D. 1958), Former Director of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research who contributed to the development against hepatitis A and B and other infectious diseases
Bruce Schneier (B.S. Physics 1985), computer security expert
Gary Starkweather (M.S. Optics 1966), inventor of the laser printer
George Sudarshan (Ph.D. 1958 Physics), made contributions to the field of quantum optics and advanced the idea of the theoretical tachyon
Avie Tevanian (B.A. Math 1983), figure in the development of the NeXT Computer and its successor, Mac OS X at Apple
Joseph C. Wilson (B.A. 1931), Xerox founder who brought xerography to the world
Herbert York (B.S. and M.S.), Manhattan Project physicist
Theodore Krenzer (B.S. and M.S.1962) Gleason Works Director of R and D, developed the face-hobbing process and the initiation and development of loaded tooth contact analysis
Business [ edit ]
Robert Goergen (1960), CEO of Blyth, Inc.
Richard Handler, Chairman, CEO & President of Jefferies, Inc.
Dawne Hickton, graduated 1979, Vice Chair, President, CEO of RTI International Metals [9 ]
Robert J. Keegan (1991 MBA), former Chairman of the Board of Goodyear Tire & Rubber and President of the Consumer Imaging business and an Executive Vice President of Eastman Kodak. [10 ]
Gail Lione (1971), Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Harley-Davidson
Barry Meyer (1964), Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. [11 ]
Malcolm Mosley, international banker
Brain Roseboro (B.A. Economics, 1981), former assistant secretary for financial markets in the Department of Treasury, current Chief of Staff to the Americas COO at UBS
Paul Singer, founder and CEO of hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation
Kimberly A. Snyder, President & General Manager, Entertainment Imaging, Film, Photofinishing & Entertainment Group and Vice President, Eastman Kodak. [12 ]
Gerald B. Zornow, former Chairman of the Board of Eastman Kodak Company
Mariann Budde, diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Arunas A. Chesonis, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PAETEC Holding Corp. [13 ]
Walter Cooper (scientist), research scientist, education reformer and civil rights activist
Paul Frommer (B.S. 1965), Creator of Na'vi, the native language of the humanoid heroes in the film Avatar (film)
Jeremy Glick, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Terry Gurnett (1977), coach of women's soccer at Rochester [14 ]
Ken Hebel, implant specialist who trains dentists and specialists in cosmetic dentistry
Nasser Saidi (PhD), Lebanese cabinet minister and economist
Notable faculty [ edit ]
Nobel laureates [ edit ]
George Hoyt Whipple (Prof. 1914-1976), Nobel laureate (1934, physiology or medicine)
Henrik Dam (Prof. 1942-1945), Nobel laureate (1943, physiology or medicine)
Robert Fogel (Prof. 1960-1965, 1968–1975), Nobel laureate (1993, economics)
Current [ edit ]
Janet Catherine Berlo, art historian, Professor of Art History / Visual and Cultural Studies. [15 ]
Douglas Crimp, art historian, Fanny Knapp Alexander Professor of Art History / Visual and Cultural Studies.
Stanley Engerman, economist/ historian, served as President of the Social Science History Association as well as President of the Economic History Association.
Richard Fenno, political scientist and former President of the American Political Science Association.
C. R. Hagen, Professor of theoretical physics, co-theorist of Higgs boson and Higgs mechanism. Recipient of 2010 Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics.
Robert L. Holmes, Secular pacifist and expert on nonviolent action.
Th. Emil Homerin, Arabic Literature/Islamic Studies scholar, Professor of Religion, and former Chair of the Department of Religion and Classics. [16 ]
Steven Landsburg, economist, magazine columnist and popular author on microeconomics. Slate
Walter Oi, Labor economist, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
H. Allen Orr, University Professor of Biology, winner of the Darwin–Wallace Medal awarded every 50 years for outstanding contributions in evolutionary biology.
Michael L. Scott, computer scientist and winner of the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing.
Emil Wolf, physicist and co-author, along with Max Born, of one of the standard textbooks of optics, Principles of Optics. Also predicted Wolf effect.
Ching W. Tang, physicist, inventor of Organic light-emitting diode and heterojunction organic solar cells, member of [17 ] National Academy of Engineering, recipient of 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry.
Lionel W. McKenzie, economist, general equilibrium, co-creator of the Arrow–Debreu–McKenzie model.
Joseph H. Eberly, Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and Optics. Past president of Optics Society of America, and winner of Townes Award.
Daven Presgraves, Associate Professor of Biology. Winner of Dobzhansky Prize in Evolutionary Biology.
Edward L. Deci, Professor of Psychology, Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences. Co-founder of self-determination theory (SDT) with Richard Ryan.
Esther Conwell, Professor of Chemistry and Physics. Winner of the National Medal of Science and member of both the National Academy of Science and National Academy of Engineering. [18 ] Henry Kautz, Professor of
Computer Science, former AAAI President and member of their editorial board. Jeffrey Bigham, Associate Professor of
Computer Science, creator of WebAnywhere, recipient of the National Science Foundation's Career Award in 2012 and was named to [19 ] MIT's Top 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2009. [20 ]
Heads of the University of Rochester [21 ] [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ Bewig, Bewig. "Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Who Is Allison Macfarlane?". AllGov . Retrieved 11 June 2012.
^ "Bio: George F. Ward Jr.". FOXNews.com. April 23, 2003 . Retrieved 19 April 2010.
^ "JIMMIE V. REYNA, Circuit Judge".
^ Grimes, William (2011-09-20). "William F. May, 95, Dies; Helped Found Film Society". New York Times . Retrieved 2011-09-22.
^ "Dr. Kenneth Ouriel (biography)". New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 2009-09-22 . Retrieved 2009-09-22.
^ "Bob Dole has surgery to treat aneurysm". USA Today. Associated Press. 2001-06-27 . Retrieved 2009-09-22.
^ JENNIFER ALSEVER (October 15, 2006). "SUNDAY MONEY: SPENDING; Basking on the Beach, or Maybe on the Operating Table". The New York Times . Retrieved 2009-09-22.
^ "Profile -- Dawne Hickton". Forbes . Retrieved March 4, 2012.
^ "Barry Meyer". Time Warner. Time Warner. 2008-09-30 . Retrieved 2009-01-14.
^ "Rochester coach becomes third 400-game winner". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Sep 14, 2009 . Retrieved 2009-11-13. "Rochester's Terry Gurnett became only the third women's soccer coach in any NCAA division, and the first in Division III, to win 400 games in the sport. He reached the milestone Friday in the Yellowjackets' 1-0, sudden-death overtime victory over Penn State Behrend."
^ "Janet Catherine Berlo". AAH Faculty. University of Rochester. n.d . Retrieved 2008-07-18.
^ Faculty Experts Directory
^ "Ching W. Tang's homepage" (in (English)). University of Rochester Chemical Engineering Department . Retrieved Apr 9, 2010.
^ Presidents of the University