List of University of Michigan alumni

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Academic unit key
Symbol Academic unit

ARCH Taubman College
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
LAW Law School
LSA College of LS&A
MED Medical School
SMTD School of Music, Theatre and Dance
PHARM School of Pharmacy
SOE School of Education
SNRE School of Natural Resources
SOAD The Stamps 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 and the first American to walk in space.


Nobel laureates[edit]

The Nobel Prize
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Awarded for Outstanding contributions in Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physiology or Medicine, and Economic Sciences
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In 2014, the College of Engineering celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Art, architecture, design[edit]

See List of University of Michigan arts alumni

Arts and entertainment[edit]

See List of University of Michigan arts alumni


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 (honorary degree) and James Irwin 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.[2]

Belles lettres[edit]

See List of University of Michigan arts alumni


See List of University of Michigan business alumni

Churchill Scholarship or Marshall Scholarship[edit]

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[edit]

  • Syed Basharat Ali, (COE: MSEE) usually referred to as Syed Ali, is the founding Chairman, President, and CEO [1] 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 January 26, 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 bought 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.
  • Lee Giles (M.S.), cocreater of CiteSeer, David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University. ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow.
  • 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[edit]

  • 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
  • Michael Stonebraker is a computer scientist specializing in database research.


Educators: university presidents[edit]


See List of University of Michigan arts alumni.

Fictional Wolverines[edit]



  • 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
  • David Portnoy, 1999, Education. Founder of Barstool Sports.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday Martin, journalist, memoirist, anthropologist
  • 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 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.) “ 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[edit]

MacArthur Foundation award winners[edit]

As of 2014, 22 Michigan alumni have been awarded a MacArthur fellowship

  • James Blinn (BS Physics 1970; MSE 1972) 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, (Ph.D. 1971) religious studies scholar.
  • Philip DeVries, (B.S. 1975), who won as a biologist.
  • Shannon Lee Dawdy (M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2003)) 2010 fellowship winner and an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, .
  • William H. Durham, (Ph.D. 1973), anthropologist.
  • Aaron Dworkin, (B.A. 1997, 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.
  • Steven Goodman, (B.S. 1984), 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, (B.A. 1978; MPH 1982), Executive Director, Project Impact.
  • Ann Ellis Hanson, (B.A. 1957; M.A. 1963) visiting associate professor of Greek and Latin.
  • John Henry Holland, (M.A. 1954; Ph.D. 1959) professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering; professor of psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
  • Vonnie McLoyd (M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1975)) is a developmental psychologist.
  • 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, (B.A. 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 (B.A. 1973; M.D. 1978) 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, (PhD. 1965), psychologist.
  • Karen K. Uhlenbeck, (B.A. 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
  • Tara Zahra (M.A. 2002; Ph.D. 2005) from the University of Michigan. She was a fellow with the Harvard Society of Fellows (2005–2007) prior to joining the faculty of the University of Chicago. Designated a MacArthur Fellow in 2014.
  • George Zweig, (B.A. 1959), physicist who conceptualized quarks ("aces" in his nomenclature).


  • 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.) (June 23, 1913 – November 23, 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) " 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.



  • 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 " 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[10] – 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
  • Adolph Mongo political consultant BGS 1976
  • 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 (May 3, 1919 – July 4, 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.[11]
  • 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.[12][13]
  • 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.

Infamous Newsmakers[edit]

  • 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 (3.2 km) 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.[14]


  • John Melville Burgess (BA 1930, MA 1931, Hon DHum 1963), diocesan bishop of Massachusetts and the first African American to head an Episcopal diocese.[15]
  • 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[edit]

Pulitzer Prize, U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition.

Rhodes Scholars[edit]


National Medal of Science Laureates/National Medal of Technology and Innovation[edit]


See List of University of Michigan sporting alumni


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