List of University of California, Berkeley alumni in science and technology

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

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

See also: University of California, Berkeley School of Law


Astronomers and space explorers[edit]

Computer scientists and engineers[edit]

See also: Turing Award laureates, Business

Enrico Fermi Award[edit]

  • John N. Bahcall, BA 1956 – 2003 Enrico Fermi Award for "innovative research in astrophysics leading to a revolution in understanding the properties of the elusive neutrino, the lightest known particle with mass."[29]
  • John S. Foster, Jr., PhD 1952 – 1992 Enrico Fermi Award for "his outstanding contributions to national security, in technical leadership in the development of nuclear weapons, in leadership of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in its formative years, in technical leadership in the defense industry; and for excellent service and continued counsel to the government."[30]
  • M. Stanley Livingston, PhD 1931 – 1986 Enrico Fermi Award for "his leadership contributions to the development of nuclear accelerators over a half century, from his involvement in the designing of the first cyclotrons to his role in the discovery of strong (alternating gradient) focusing, now used throughout the world for the design of nuclear accelerators and particle beams of the highest energies."[31]
  • Glenn T. Seaborg PhD 1937 – 1959 Enrico Fermi Awardfor "discoveries of plutonium and several additional elements and for leadership in the development of nuclear chemistry and atomic energy." [32]
  • Charles Shank, BS 1965, MS 1966, PhD 1969 [33]– director (1989-2004) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and professor (1989-2004) of chemistry, physics, and EE CS;[34] 2015 Fermi Award for “the seminal development of ultrafast lasers and their application in many areas of scientific research, for visionary leadership of national scientific and engineering research communities, and for exemplary service supporting the National Laboratory complex.”,[35]
  • Stafford L. Warren, BA 1918 – pioneer in nuclear medicine; first dean of the School of Medicine at UCLA; 1971 Enrico Fermi Award for "the imaginative, prescient, and vigorous efforts which made possible the early development of atomic energy so as to assure the protection of man and the environment, and for the establishment of a biomedical research program which has resulted in many substantial applications of ionizing radiation to diagnosis and treatment of disease and to the general welfare." [36]
  • Robert R. Wilson, BA 1936, PhD 1940 – 1973 National Medal of Science, 1984 Enrico Fermi Award for "his outstanding contributions to physics and particle accelerator designs and construction. He was the creator and principal designer of the Fermi National Laboratory and what is, at present, the highest energy accelerator in the world. His contributions have always been characterized by the greatest ingenuity and innovation and accomplished with grace and style." [37]
  • Herbert York, PhD 1949 – 2000 Enrico Fermi Award for "his contributions to formulating and implementing arms control policy under four Presidents; for his founding direction of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and his leadership in Research and Engineering at the Department of Defense; and for his publications analyzing and explaining these complex issues with clarity and simplicity." [38]

Feynman Prize[edit]

The Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology is awarded by the Foresight Institute for significant advancements in nanotechnology. The prize is named in honor of Nobel physicist Richard Feynman, whose 1959 talk '"There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" is considered to have inspired the beginning of the field of nanotechnology.[39][40]

Mathematicians and physicists[edit]

See also: Nobel laureates


See also[edit]


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