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
TCAUP Architecture and Urban Planning
MDNG Matriculated, did not graduate

There are more than 500,000 living alumni of the University of Michigan. Notable alumni include computer scientist and entrepreneur Larry Page, actor James Earl Jones, and President of the United States Gerald Ford.


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



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

SR-71 "Blackbird"
Dryden's SR-71B Blackbird, NASA 831, slices across the snow-covered southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California after being refueled by an Air Force tanker during a 1994 flight. SR-71B was the trainer version of the SR-71. The dual cockpit allows the instructor to fly.
An SR-71B trainer over the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California in 1994. The raised second cockpit is for the instructor.
Role Strategic reconnaissance aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Lockheed, Skunk Works division
Designer Brady R. Shagena
First flight 22 December 1964
Introduction 1966
Retired 1998 (USAF), 1999 (NASA)
Status Retired
Primary users United States Air Force
Number built 32
Unit cost
$34 million[2]
Developed from Lockheed A-12

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


National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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NASA logo.svg
Flag of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration.svg

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 Ed 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.[3]

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]

ACM Turing Award
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Awarded for Outstanding contributions in computer science
Country United States
Presented by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Reward(s) US $1,000,000[4]
First awarded 1966
Last awarded 2015

Criminals, murderers, and 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., thrill killer of Leopold and Loeb, transferred from Michigan in 1922 to the University of Chicago, before murdering 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, a.k.a. 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[5]


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 2017, 26 Michigan alumni — 16 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students — 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
  • Eric Charnov (B.S. 1969), evolutionary ecologist
  • 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, 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 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 (B.A. 1997), a 2015 MacArthur Fellow; joined the faculty of the University of Toronto in 2008; 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
  • Jesmyn Ward (M.F.A. 2005), writer of fiction
  • Julia Wolfe (B.A. 1980), classical composer
  • 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)






Pulitzer Prize winners[edit]

As of 2017, 35 of Michigan's matriculants have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize. By alumni count, Michigan ranks fifth (as of 2018) among all schools whose alumni have won Pulitzers.

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

Rhodes Scholars[edit]

Rhodes House in Oxford, designed by Sir Herbert Baker


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

National Medal of Science
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Obverse of the medal
Awarded for Outstanding contributions in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, engineering, or social and behavioral sciences.
Location Washington, D.C.
Country United States
Presented by President of the United States
First awarded 1963


See List of University of Michigan sporting alumni


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