List of University of California, Berkeley faculty

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This page lists notable faculty (past and present) of the University of California, Berkeley. Faculty who were also alumni are listed in bold font, with degree and year in parentheses.

Nobel laureates[edit]

Faculty of the University of California, Berkeley
George Akerlof, Nobel laureate (2001, economics)
Luis Alvarez, Nobel laureate (1968, physics)
Steven Chu, Nobel laureate (1997, physics) and United States Secretary of Energy
Gérard Debreu, Nobel laureate (1983, economics)
Donald A. Glaser, Nobel laureate (1950, physics)
Ernest Lawrence, Nobel laureate (1939, physics)
Yuan T. Lee, Nobel laureate (1986, Chemistry)
Daniel McFadden, Nobel laureate (2000, economics)
Saul Perlmutter, Nobel laureate (2011, Physics)
Randy Schekman, Nobel laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2013)
Glenn T. Seaborg, Nobel laureate (1951, Chemistry)
Emilio G. Segrè, Nobel laureate(1959, physics)
George F. Smoot, Nobel laureate(2006, Physics)
Oliver E. Williamson, Nobel laureate (2009, Economics)
Richard Karp, 1985 Turing Award laureate
Dana Scott, 1976 Turing Award laureate
Richard Borcherds, recipient of the 1998 Fields Medal
Michael Freedman, recipient of the 1986 Fields Medal
Vaughan Jones, recipient of the 1990 Fields Medal
Andrei Okounkov (right), recipient of the 2006 Fields Medal

Turing Award[edit]

  • Manuel Blum - Professor of Computer Science (1995-2001) and recipient of the 1995 Turing Award, for "his contributions to the foundations of computational complexity theory and its application to cryptography and program checking."[25]
  • Stephen Cook - Professor of mathematics (1966–1970), recipient of the 1982 Turing Award "for his advancement of our understanding of the complexity of computation in a significant and profound way"[26]
  • Edward Feigenbaum - professor (1960-1965), recipient of the 1994 Turing Award "for pioneering the design and construction of large scale artificial intelligence systems, demonstrating the practical importance and potential commercial impact of artificial intelligence technology."[27]
  • William Kahan - Professor of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1968–present), primary architect behind the IEEE 754 standard for floating-point computation, and recipient of the 1989 Turing Award, for "his fundamental contributions to numerical analysis. Kahan has dedicated himself to "making the world safe for numerical computations."[28]
  • Richard Karp - Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Operations Research (1968–present), and recipient of the 1985 Turing Award For "his continuing contributions to the theory of algorithms including the development of efficient algorithms for network flow and other combinatorial optimization problems, the identification of polynomial-time computability with the intuitive notion of algorithmic efficiency, and, most notably, contributions to the theory of NP-completeness. Karp introduced the now standard methodology for proving problems to be NP-complete which has led to the identification of many theoretical and practical problems as being computationally difficult. "[29]
  • Dana Scott, B.S. 1954 - computer scientist, co-recipient of the 1976 Turing Award with Michael O. Rabin, for "the joint paper (with Rabin) "Finite Automata and Their Decision Problem", which introduced the idea of nondeterministic machines, which has proved to be an enormously valuable concept. Their (Scott & Rabin) classic paper has been a continuous source of inspiration for subsequent work in this field"; former Associate Professor of Math at UC Berkeley (1960-1962) , professor emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University[30]
  • Herbert A. Simon - director 1939–1942,[31][32] co-recipient of the 1975 Turing Award [33] for "basic contributions to artificial intelligence, the psychology of human cognition, and list processing",[34] and Nobel laureate (1978, Economics)[33] "for his pioneering research into the decision-making process within economic organizations"
  • Michael Stonebraker - professor at UC Berkeley for 29 years, recipient of the 2014 Turing Award "for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems."[35]
  • Ivan Sutherland - Visiting Scholar in Computer Science (2005-2008), recipient of the 1988 Turing Award "for his pioneering and visionary contributions to computer graphics, starting with Sketchpad, and continuing after."[36][37]
  • Robert Tarjan - computer scientist, professor at UC Berkeley [38] (1973–1975), recipient of the 1986 Turing Award "for fundamental achievements in the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures"[39]

Academy Award[edit]

Fields Medal[edit]

Pulitzer Prize[edit]

Wolf Prize[edit]

  • Paul Alivisatos (Ph.D. 1986) - Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Professor of Nanotechnology; recipient of the 2012 Wolf Prize in Chemistry,[50] for the development of "the colloidal inorganic nanocrystal as a building block of nanoscience making fundamental contributions to controlling the synthesis of these particles, to measuring and understanding their physical properties, and to utilizing their unique properties for applications ranging from light generation and harvesting to biological imaging." [51]
  • James P. Allison - professor at UC Berkeley (1985-2004); 2017 Wolf Prize in Medicine "for sparking a revolution in cancer therapy through (his) discovery of immune checkpoint blockade"[52]
  • Robert G. Bergman - professor of chemistry (1977–present) at UC Berkeley;[53] 2017 Wolf Prize in Chemistry "for the discovery of the activation of C-H bonds of hydrocarbons by soluble transition metal complexes" [54]
  • John Casida - recipient of the Wolf Prize (1993, Agriculture) "for his pioneering studies on the mode of action of insecticides, design of safer pesticides and contributions to the understanding of nerve and muscle function in insects."[55]
  • Shiing-Shen Chern - recipient of the Wolf Prize (1983, Mathematics), "'for outstanding contributions to global differential geometry, which have profoundly influenced all mathematics"[56]
  • John Clauser - professor (1969-1996) of quantum physics at UC Berkeley,[57] known for the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequality and the first observations of quantum entanglement, recipient of the 2010 Wolf Prize in Physics [58] for "fundamental conceptual and experimental contributions to the foundations of quantum physics, specifically an increasingly sophisticated series of tests of Bell's inequalities or extensions there of using entangled quantum states."
  • Phillip Griffiths (professor 1962-1967) - mathematician, recipient of the Wolf Prize (2008, Mathematics), "for his work on variations of Hodge structure; the theory of periods of abelian integrals; and for his contributions to complex differential geometry.";[59] former professor at UC Berkeley [60]
  • Erwin Hahn - recipient of the Wolf Prize (1983/1984, Physics) "for his discovery of nuclear spin echoes and for the phenomenon of self-induced transparency"[61]
  • Carl Huffaker - recipient of the Wolf Prize (1994/1995) for " contributions to the development and implementation of environmentally beneficial integrated pest management systems for the protection of agricultural crops."[55]
  • Alexander Pines - recipient of the Wolf Prize (Chemistry, 1991), "for his revolutionary contributions to NMR spectroscopy, especially multiple-quantum and high-spin NMR.""[62]
  • Stanley B. Prusiner - Professor of Virology in Residence (1984-present),[18] Nobel laureate (1997, Physiology or Medicine) "for his discovery of Prions, a new biological principle of infection"[19] (known as the mechanism powering mad cow disease); recipient of the 1996 Wolf Prize in Medicine [20]"for discovering prions, new class of pathogens that cause important neurodegenerative disease by inducing changes in protein structure."
  • Peter G. Schultz - professor of chemistry(1985-1999) at UC Berkeley;[63] 1994 Wolf Prize in Chemistry "for converting antibodies into enzymes, thus permitting the catalysis of chemical reactions considered impossible to achieve by classical chemical procedures."[64]
  • Stephen Smale - recipient of the Wolf Prize (2007, Mathematics)"for his groundbreaking contributions that have played a fundamental role in shaping differential topology, dynamical systems, mathematical economics, and other subjects in mathematics."[56]
  • Gabor Somorjai - recipient of the Wolf Prize (Chemistry, 1998) for "outstanding contributions to the field of the surface science in general, and for ... elucidation of fundamental mechanisms of heterogeneous catalytic reactions at single crystal surfaces in particular."[62]
  • Roger Y. Tsien - (also listed in Nobel laureates); recipient of the Wolf Prize (Medicine, 2004) "for his seminal contribution to the design and biological application of novel fluorescent and photolabile molecules to analyze and perturb cell signal transduction."[65]

Breakthrough Prize[edit]

  • Ian Agol - professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley ; mathematician of the topology of three-dimensional manifolds; 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics "for spectacular contributions to low dimensional topology and geometric group theory, including work on the solutions of the tameness, virtual Haken, and virtual fibering conjectures." [66]
  • James P. Allison - professor at UC Berkeley (1985-2004);[67] 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences "for the discovery of T cell checkpoint blockade as effective cancer therapy."[68]
  • Nima Arkani-Hamed, PhD 1997 - theoretical physicist, faculty member of the Institute for Advance Study (Princeton, New Jersey), director of the Center For Future High Energy Physics in Beijing, China; professor (1999-2001) at UC Berkeley;[69] Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics "for original approaches to outstanding problems in particle physics, including the proposal of large extra dimensions, new theories for the Higgs boson, novel realizations of supersymmetry, theories for dark matter, and the exploration of new mathematical structures in gauge theory scattering amplitudes." [70]
  • Jean Bourgain - mathematician; Visiting Scholar (2012-2014) at UC Berkeley;[71] 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics "for multiple transformative contributions to analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations, high-dimensional geometry and number theory."[72]
  • Jennifer A. Doudna - professor at UC Berkeley ; co-inventor of the DNA-editing tool CRISPR;2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences "for harnessing an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine."[73]
  • Kam-Biu Luk - Miller Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley (2001-present); 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics "for the fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the Standard Model of particle physics."[74]

National Medal of Science[edit]

  • Luis Walter Alvarez - 1963 National Medal of Science"for his inspiring leadership in experimental high energy physics, continuing development of the bubble chamber, discovery of many states of elementary particles, and his contributions to National defense."[75](also listed in §Nobel laureates)
  • Bruce Ames -Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley[76] and Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center; 1998 National Medal of Science "for changing the direction of basic and applied research on mutation, cancer and aging by devising a simple, inexpensive test for environmental and natural mutagens, by identifying causes and effects of oxidative DNA damage, and by translating these findings into intelligible public policy recommendations on diet and cancer risk for the American people."[77]
  • Horace Barker - Professor of Biochemistry (1936-1975);[78] 1968 National Medal of Science "for his profound study of the chemical activities of microorgqanisms, including the unraveling of fatty acid metabolism and the discovery of the active coenzyme form of vitamin B12."[79]
  • Marvin L. Cohen - University Professor of Physics;[80] 2001 National Medal of Science "for his creation and application of a quantum theory for explaining and predicting properties of real materials, which formed the basis for semiconductor physics and nanoscience." [81]
  • Melvin Calvin - University Professor of Chemistry (1937-1980);[82] 1989 National Medal of Science "for his pioneering studies in the mechanism of photosynthesis and bioenergetics, and for the application of scientific theory toward the solution of the most fundamental problems of the age-energy, food, chemical and viral carcinogenesis, and the origin of life." [83](also listed in §Nobel laureates)
  • Shiing-Shen Chern - Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley(1960-1979); founder and inaugural director (1981-1984) of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at UC Berkeley; namesake of Chern Hall, the Chern Medal, and the Chern Prize(;[84] 1975 National Medal of Science "for developing and extending techniques that led to profound discoveries in geometry and topology." [85] (also listed in §Wolf Prize)
  • Ray W. Clough - Professor of Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley (1949-1987);[86] 1994 National Medal of Science "for his outstanding contributions in the fields of finite element analysis, structural dynamics, and earthquake engineering which had extraordinary influence in the development of modern engineering." [87]
  • Peter Goldreich - 1990 Miller Professorship at UC Berkeley;[88] 1995 National Medal of Science "for his profound and lasting contributions to planetary sciences and astrophysics, providing fundamental theoretical insights for understanding the rotation of planets, the dynamics of planetary rings, pulsars, astrophysical masers, the spiral arms of galaxies, and the oscillations of the Sun."[89]
  • Darleane C. Hoffman - professor (now emerita) UC Berkeley since 1984;[90] 1997 National Medal of Science "for her discovery of primordial plutonium in nature and the symmetric spontaneous fission of heavy nuclei; for pioneering studies of elements 104, 105, and 106, and for her outstanding service to education of students in nuclear chemistry and as director of the Seaborg Institute for Transactinium Science of the University of California."[91]
  • Dudley R. Herschbach - member of the Chemical Faculty at UC Berkeley (1959-1963);[92] 1991 National Medal of Science "for his seminal contributions to the fundamental understanding of reactions of atoms and molecules, collision by collision."[93]
  • Leonid Hurwicz- Visiting Professor(1976–1977) at UC Berkeley; 1990 National Medal of Science "for his pioneering work on the theory of modern decentralized allocation mechanisms."[94] (also listed in List of Nobel laureates affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley)
  • Harold S. Johnston - professor of chemistry (1957-1991) at UC Berkeley and dean of the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley (1966-1970);[95] 1997 National Medal of Science "for his major contributions to the chemical sciences in the areas of kinetics and photochemistry, and for his pivotal role in providing understanding and conservation of the Earth's atmospheric environment." [96]
  • Richard M. Karp- professor (1968-1994 and 1999-present) of EECS at UC Berkeley;[97] 1996 National Medal of Science "for his pioneering research in theoretical computer science and the development of NP-Completeness, a concept having an important role in the theory and the practice of computation."[98]
  • Daniel E. Koshland Jr., BA 1941 - professor of biochemistry (1965-2007)[99] at UC Berkeley; 1990 National Medal of Science "for profoundly influencing the understanding of how proteins function through his induced-fit model of enzyme actrion. His incisive analysis of bacterial chemotaxis has led to a deeper understanding of the molecular basis of memory and adaptation." [100]
  • Luna Leopold- professor (1972-1986) at UC Berkeley;[101] 1991 National Medal of Science "for his contribution to the hydromechanics of rivers; for influencing the direction and content of physical geography, and for outstanding service to the field of water resources."[102]
  • Edwin McMillan-Professor of Physics (1945-1974);[103] 1990 National Medal of Science "for his scientific achievements including the identification of the first transuranic element (neptunium) and the invention of the phase stability principle incorporated in the synchrotron."[104] (also listed in §Nobel laureates)
  • Jerzy Neyman- Professor of Mathematics (1938-1981);[105] 1968 National Medal of Science "for laying the foundations of modern statistics and devising tests and procedure that have become essential parts of the knowledge of every statistician."[106][107]
  • Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky - professor (1946-1951) of physics at UC Berkeley;[108] 1969 National Medal of Science "for classic experiments probing the elementary particles of matter and for contributions to advancing the means of experimentation in this challenging field."[109]
  • Kenneth Pitzer, PhD 1937 - lecturer and professor (1935-1964 and 1971-1984) and dean (1951-1960) of the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley;[110] 1974 National Medal of Science "for his pioneering application of statistical thermodynamics and spectroscopy to our understanding of the properties of organic and inorganic materials."[111]
  • George C. Pimentel, Ph.D. 1949 - inventor of the chemical laser; Director, Laboratory of Chemical Biodynamics at UC Berkeley; 1983 National Medal of Science "for his varied and ingenious use of infrared spectroscopy to study chemical bonding and molecular dynamics, and for his discovery of the first chemically pumped laser, which has had strong scientific impact as well as practical applications."[112] (also listed in §Wolf Prize)
  • Stanley B. Prusiner - professor of virology (1984-present) at UC Berkeley;[113] 2009 National Medal of Science "for his discovery of prions, the causative agent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and other related neurodegenerative diseases, and his continuing efforts to develop effective methods for detecting and treating prion diseases."[114](also listed in §Nobel laureates)
  • Julian Schwinger- researcher (1939-1941);[115] 1964 National Medal of Science "for [his] profound work on the fundamental problems of quantum field theory, and for many contributions to and lucid expositions of nuclear physics and electrodynamics."[116](also listed in List of Nobel laureates affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley)
  • Glenn T. Seaborg, PhD - professor (1945-1979);[117] 1991 National Medal of Science "for his outstanding work as a chemist, scientist and teacher in the field of nuclear chemistry."[118] (also listed in §Nobel laureates)
  • Harry Bolton Seed-Professor of Civil Engineering (1950-1989);[119] 1989 National Medal of Science "for his pioneering contributions to the art and science of civil engineering, to the practice of civil engineering at the frontiers of knowledge, to the general understanding of civil engineering methods at all levels, and to the safety and welfare of people throughout the world."[120]
  • Herbert A. Simon - 1986 National Medal of Science "for his fundamental contributions to our understanding of human problem-solving behavior and decision making, particularly in organizations."[121]
  • Stephen Smale- Professor Emeritus of Mathematics; 1996 National Medal of Science "for his pioneering contributions to mathematics in the fields of differential topology and dynamical systems, and for applications to physics, biology, economics, and the theory of computation."[122] (also listed in §Wolf Prize)
  • G. Ledyard Stebbins- professor (1935-1951);[123] 1979 National Medal of Science "for his outstanding contributions to the synthesis of an evolutionary theory, particularly as it applies to plants."[124]
  • Gabor A. Somorjai - Professor of Chemistry and University Professor;[125] 2001 National Medal of Science "for molecular studies of surfaces through the use of single crystals and the development of new techniques that served as foundations of new surface technologies including heterogeneous catalysis."[126](also listed in §Wolf Prize)
  • Anne Treisman - Professor (1986-1994) of psychology at UC Berkeley;[127] 2011 National Medal of Science "for a 50-year career of penetrating originality and depth that has led to the understanding of fundamental attentional limits in the human mind and brain."[128]
  • Steven Weinberg - researcher of physics(1959-1966) at UC Berkeley;[129] 1997 National Medal of Science "for his contribution to the identification of cellular oncogenes and their role in cancer, which led to a better understanding of the molecular basis for cancer and its diagnosis and therapy."[130] (also listed in List of Nobel laureates affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley)
  • John Roy Whinnery, BS EE 1937 PhD 1948 - lecturer and professor(1946-2007) and dean (1959-1963) of the EECS Department at UC Berkeley;[131] 1992 National Medal of Science "for his research contributions to microwaves, lasers, and quantum electronics; for his excellence as a teacher and author; and for his extensive services to government and professional organizations."[132]

National Medal of Technology[edit]

MacArthur Fellowship[edit]

The MacArthur Fellowship is also known as the "Genius Grant" [137] or "Genius Award".[138]

  • Maneesh Agrawala - professor of EECS at UC Berkeley; 2009 MacArthur Fellowship [139]
  • Robert Axelrod - professor (1968-1974) of political science at UC Berkeley; 1987 MacArthur Fellowship [140]
  • Jillian Banfield- professor (2001-preset) in the Department of Biology ; 1999 MacArthur Fellowship [141]
  • Michael Baxandall - professor (1986-1996) of art history at UC Berkeley; 1988 MacArthur Fellowship [142]
  • Carolyn Bertozzi, Ph.D. 1993 - professor (1996-present) at UC Berkeley; current T.Z. and irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley; 1999 MacArthur Fellowship [143][144]
  • Peter J. Bickel, Ph.D. 1963 - professor of statistics at UC Berkeley; 1984 MacArthur Fellowship[145][146]
  • Peter Brown - professor (1972-1986) of classics and history at UC Berkeley; 1982 MacArthur Fellowship[147]
  • Lu Chen - professor (2003–present) of neuroscience and molecular and cell biology,[148] 2005 MacArthur Fellowship[149]
  • Robert F. Coleman - professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley; 1987 MacArthur Fellowship [150]
  • Mark Danner - professor of journalism (1998–present); 1999 MacArthur Fellowship [144]
  • Michael Dickinson - Williams Professor (1996 - 2002) in the Department of Integrative biology ; 2001 MacArthur Fellowship [151]
  • David Donoho - professor (1984-1990) of statistics; MacArthur Fellowship 1991 [152]
  • Jon H. Else, B.A. 1968 - Prix Italia recipient (The Day After Trinity), recipient of four Emmy Awards,[41] nominated twice for the Academy Award, 1999 winner of the Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker's Trophy, 1988 MacArthur Fellowship,[153] cinematographer on the Academy Award winning Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?, current professor of journalism at UC Berkeley
  • Alice Fulton - former lecturer (2004) at UC Berkeley (formally, the Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry at UC Berkeley); 1991 MacArthur Fellowship [154]
  • Thom Gunn - lecturer (1958-1966, 1973-2000) in English;[155] 1993 MacArthur Fellowship
  • Eva Harris, Ph.D. 1993 - professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley; researcher of dengue fever; 1997 MacArthur Fellowship[156][157]
  • Lin He - current professor of cell and developmental biology at UC Berkeley; 2009 MacArthur Fellowship [139]
  • John Holdren - director of the federal Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), co-Chair of the United States President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST); professor emeritus (1996–present) of Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley; 1981 MacArthur Fellowship [158]
  • John Hopfield - professor (1961-1964) of physics;[159] 1983 MacArthur Fellowship
  • Raymond Jeanloz- current professor of earth and planetary science and of astronomy at UC Berkeley; 1988 MacArthur Fellowship [160]
  • David Keightley - Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UC Berkeley; 1986 MacArthur Fellowship [137]
  • Evelyn Fox Keller - professor (1988-1992) of Women's Studies and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley; 1992 MacArthur Fellowship [161]
  • Nicole King - professor of integrative biology and of molecular and cell biology (2003–present) at UC Berkeley; 2005 MacArthur Fellowship [149][162]
  • M. A. R. Koehl - professor, Integrative biology; 1990 MacArthur Fellowship [152][163]
  • Claire Kremen - current professor of conservation biology at UC Berkeley (present); MacArthur Fellowship 2007 [164]
  • Leslie Kurke - professor (1990–present) of literature at UC Berkeley; current Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley; 1999 MacArthur Fellowship [144]
  • Lawrence W. Levine - American historian, former (1962-1994) professor of history at UC Berkeley; 1983 MacArthur Fellowship[165]
  • Michael Manga - current professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences; 2005 MacArthur Fellowship [149][166]
  • Michael Marletta - Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (2001-2011) at UC Berkeley; 1995 MacArthur Fellowship [167]
  • Pamela Matson - professor (1993-1997) of ecosystem ecology at UC Berkeley;[168] 1995 MacArthur Fellowship [169]
  • Susan McClary - musicologist, former lecturer (1993) at UC Berkeley; 1995 MacArthur Fellowship [170]
  • Tiya Miles - assistant professor at UC Berkeley (2000-2002); 2011 MacArthur Fellowship [171]
  • Richard A. Muller, Ph.D. - professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; 1982 MacArthur Fellowship [172]
  • Sherry Ortner - former professor (1994-1996)[173] of Anthropology;[174] 1990 MacArthur Fellowship
  • George Oster - professor of cell and developmental biology at UC Berkeley; 1984 MacArthur Fellowship[152]
  • Norman Pace - member of the faculty (1996-1999); 2001 MacArthur Fellowship [175]
  • Margie Profet, B.A. physics 1985 - former researcher at UC Berkeley;[176] researcher in evolutionary biology; 1993 MacArthur Fellowship [177]
  • Xiao Qiang - adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information (2012–present) and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2003-2011); 2001 MacArthur Fellowship [178][179]
  • Matthew Rabin - professor of economics; 2000 MacArthur Fellowship [180][181]
  • Ishmael Reed - lecturer (1968-2005) at UC Berkeley; poet and novelist; 1998 MacArthur Fellowship [182]
  • Adam Riess - post-doctoral Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley; Nobel laureate (2011, Physics); 2008 MacArthur Fellowship[183]
  • Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, B.A. mathematics 1940, Ph.D. 1948 - professor (1976-1985) of mathematics at UC Berkeley, specializing in Hilbert's Tenth Problem; first woman president of the American Mathematical Society;[184] namesake of the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute; 1983 MacArthur Fellowship[185]
  • Emmanuel Saez - current Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley; 2010 MacArthur Fellowship [186]
  • Pamela Samuelson - current Richard M. Sherman '74 Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at UC Berkeley, co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology; 1997 MacArthur Fellowship [187]
  • Richard M. Schoen - former professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley; 1983 MacArthur Fellowship [152]
  • Carl Emil Schorske - cultural historian, taught at UC Berkeley (1960-1969);[188] Time Magazine's top ten academic leaders; MacArthur Fellowship 1981 [189]
  • Dawn Song, Ph.D. 2002 - professor in EECS at UC Berkeley specializing in computer security; 2010 MacArthur Fellowship [186][190]
  • Claire Tomlin, Ph.D. 1998 - researcher in unmanned aerial vehicles, air traffic control, and modeling of biological processes; professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Electrical Engineering, at Stanford University, where she is Director of the Hybrid Systems Laboratory; professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley; 2006 MacArthur Fellow[138][191]
  • Gregory Vlastos - Mills Professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley (1977-1987); 1990 MacArthur Fellowship [152][192]
  • Loïc Wacquant - current professor of sociology at UC Berkeley; 1997 MacArthur Fellowship [187]
  • Allan Wilson, Ph.D. 1961 - Professor (1972-1991) of Biochemistry at UC Berkeley specializing in molecular approaches to understand biological evolution and to reconstruct phylogenies; 1986 MacArthur Fellowship [193]

Enrico Fermi Award[edit]

  • John H. Lawrence- researcher and professor of medical physics(1935-1970);[194][195] 1983 Enrico Fermi Award "for pioneering work and continuing leadership in nuclear medicine including the first treatment of patients with artificially produced radioactive materials, neutrons, and heavy ion beams, and for his inspiring role in the development of a series of instrumentation techniques for noninvasive radioactive imaging of pathological conditions in man."[196]
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer - professor (1929-1947) of physics at UC Berkeley;[197] 1963 Enrico Fermi Award "for contributions to theoretical physics as a teacher and originator of ideas, and for leadership of the Los Alamos Laboratory and the atomic energy program during critical years."[198]
  • Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky - professor (1946-1951) of physics at UC Berkeley;[108] 1978 Enrico Fermi Award "for his very important contributions to elementary particle physics, his leading role in advancing accelerator technology his positive influence on younger scientists, and the scientific advice he has given generously to the U.S. Government."[199](also listed in §National Medal of Science)
  • Herbert York - researcher and professor (1943-1954) at UC Berkeley;[200] 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."[201]


  • Irma Adelman (B.S. 1950, Ph.D. 1955) - Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Graduate School


Art and architecture[edit]





Civil engineering[edit]

  • Frank Baron - Professor of Civil Engineering
  • William Garrison - Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • T. Y. Lin (M.S. 1933) - Professor of Civil Engineering, bridgebuilder

Computer science[edit]



Electrical engineering[edit]

Ethnic studies[edit]

Film studies[edit]

Foreign languages and culture[edit]

  • Giorgio Agamben - Visiting Chair of Italian Culture (1994), Department of Italian Studies
  • Robert Alter - Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature
  • Paola Bacchetta - Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies (2014)
  • Daniel Boyarin - Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric
  • Michel Foucault - Visiting Professor of French (early 1980s)
  • George L. Hart - Professor of Tamil Studies
  • John Lindow - Professor of Scandinavian
  • Yakov Malkiel - Professor of Spanish and Professor of Linguistics, 1943–1983; founded journal Romance Philology
  • James T. Monroe - Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies
  • Johanna Nichols (Ph.D 1973) - Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • David Stronach - Professor of Near Eastern Studies
  • Erico Verissimo - Professor of Brazilian Literature (1943-1945)
  • Frederic Wakeman, Jr. (Ph.D. 1965) - Haas Professor of Asian Studies, Professor of History, President Emeritus of the American Historical Association
  • Viktor Zhivov - Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1995-2013




Industrial engineering[edit]

  • Stuart Dreyfus - Professor Emeritus of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
  • Ashok Gadgil (M.A. 1975, Ph.D. 1979) - Adjunct Professor, Energy and Resources Group
  • Ken Goldberg - Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research



Literature and rhetoric[edit]


UC Berkeley Department of Mathematics
Prof. Ted Kaczynski, youngest professor, unibomber murderer

Mechanical engineering[edit]




Political science[edit]



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