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
A golden medallion with an embossed image of Alfred Nobel facing left in profile. To the left of the man is the text "ALFR•" then "NOBEL", and on the right, the text (smaller) "NAT•" then "MDCCCXXXIII" above, followed by (smaller) "OB•" then "MDCCCXCVI" below.
Awarded for Outstanding contributions in Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physiology or Medicine, and Economic Sciences
Official website



In 2014, the College of Engineering celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Art, architecture, and 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 space flights 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 2007

2006–2007 Charles Crissman, Pure Mathematics

2005–2006 Christopher Hayward, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

2005–2006 Jacob Bourjaily, graduated with honors, degree in Mathematics, 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]

Turing and Grace Murray Hopper Award winners[edit]


University presidents[edit]

Fiction, nonfiction[edit]

See List of University of Michigan arts alumni.

Fictional Wolverines[edit]


Journalism, publishing, and broadcasting[edit]

Law, government, and public policy[edit]

MacArthur Foundation award winners[edit]

As of 2015, 23 Michigan alumni have been awarded a MacArthur fellowship.

  • James Blinn (BS Physics 1970; MSE 1972; Communications Science 1970; MS Information and Control Engineering 1972)
  • Caroline Walker Bynum (BA 1962), Medieval scholar; MacArthur Fellow
  • William A. Christian (Ph.D. 1971), religious studies scholar
  • Shannon Lee Dawdy (M.A. 2000, Ph.D. 2003), 2010 fellowship winner; assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago
  • Philip DeVries (B.S. 1975), biologist
  • 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), adjunct research investigator in the U-M Museum of Zoology's bird division; conservation biologist in the Department of Zoology at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History
  • David Green (B.A. 1978; MPH 1982), Executive Director of 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, Ph.D. (1975), developmental psychologist
  • Denny Moore (B.A.), linguist, anthropologist
  • Nancy A. Moran (Ph.D. 1982), evolutionary biologist; Yale professor; 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
  • Dimitri Nakassis, a 2015 MacArthur Fellow received a B.A. (1997) from the University of Michigan and an M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty of the University of Toronto in 2008, where he is currently an associate professor in the Department of Classics.
  • Richard Prum (Ph.D. 1989), William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology; Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University
  • Mary Tinetti (B.A. 1973; M.D. 1978), physician; Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University; 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), Albert Clanton Spaulding Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology; 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); fellow with the Harvard Society of Fellows (2005–2007) prior to joining the faculty of the University of Chicago; 2014 MacArthur Fellow
  • George Zweig (B.A. 1959), physicist who conceptualized quarks ("aces" in his nomenclature)




Infamous newsmakers[edit]

  • François Duvalier (Public Health, 1944–45), repressive dictator, excommunication from the Catholic Church; estimates of those killed by his regime are as high as 30,000
  • Theodore Kaczynski (PhD 1967), better known as the Unabomber, one of UM's most promising mathematicians; earned his Ph.D. by solving, in less than a year, a math problem that his advisor had been unable to solve; abandoned his 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; spent eight years in prison
  • Nathan F. Leopold, Jr., homosexual thrill killer of Leopold and Loeb, transferred from Michigan in 1922 to the University of Chicago, before murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks
  • Richard A. Loeb (B.A. 1923), thrill killer of Leopold and Loeb, youngest graduate in the University of Michigan's history, murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks
  • Herman Webster Mudgett, aka H.H. Holmes (MED: MD 1884), 19th-century serial killer; one of the first documented American serial killers; confessed to 27 murders, of which nine were confirmed; actual body count could be as high as 250; took an unknown number of his victims from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; his story was novelized by Erik Larson in his 2003 book The Devil in the White City[15]


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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NOTE: The University of Michigan Alumni Directory is no longer printed, as of 2004. To find more recent information on an alumnus, you must log into the Alumni Association website to search their online directory.

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