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list of notable people associated with the American . University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bill Gates noted in a February 2004 speech that Microsoft hires more alumni of the university than from any other university in the world . Notable people associated with the university have founded Oracle Corporation, Playboy, Netscape, PayPal, YouTube, AMD, Malwarebytes, and Siebel Systems. Notable people have invented the LED, integrated circuit, transistor, MRI, and the plasma screen.
Not all listed alumni graduated from the University, and are so noted if the information is known.
Nobel Prize winners
Edward Doisy, B.S. 1914, M.S. 1916 – Physiology or Medicine, 1943
Vincent Du Vigneaud, B.S. 1923, M.S. 1924 – Chemistry, 1955; also served as faculty member
Robert W. Holley, B.A. 1942 – Physiology or Medicine, 1968
Jack Kilby, B.S. 1947 – Physics, 2000; inventor of the integrated circuit
Edwin G. Krebs, B.A. 1940 – Physiology or Medicine, 1992
Polykarp Kusch, M.S. 1933, Ph.D. 1936 – Physics, 1955
John Schrieffer, M.S. 1954, Ph.D. 1957 – Physics, 1972; also served as faculty member
Phillip Sharp, Ph.D. 1969 – Chemistry, 1993
Wendell Stanley, M.S. 1927, PhD. 1929 – Chemistry 1946
Rosalyn Yalow, M.S. 1942, Ph.D. 1945 – Physiology or Medicine, 1977
Pulitzer Prize winners
Barry Bearak, M.S. 1974 – International Reporting, 2002
Michael Colgrass, B.A. 1956 – Music, 1978
George Crumb, M.A. 1952 – Music, 1968
Carl Van Doren, B.A. 1907 – Biography, 1939
Mark Van Doren, B.A. 1914 – Poetry, 1940
Roger Ebert, B.S. 1964 – Criticism, 1975
David Herbert Donald, M.A. 1942, Ph.D. 1946 – Biography, 1961 and 1988
Paul Ingrassia, B.S. 1972 – Beat Reporting, 1993
Allan Nevins, B.A. 1912, M.A. 1913 – Biography, 1933 and 1937
James Reston, B.S. 1932 – National Reporting, 1945 and 1957
Robert Lewis Taylor, B.A. 1933 – Fiction, 1959
College presidents and vice-presidents
Dr. Benjamin Allen – President, University of Northern Iowa
John L. Anderson M.S., Ph.D. – Eighth President, Illinois Institute of Technology, Former Provost Case Western Reserve University
Robert M. Berdahl M.A. – President of American Association of Universities, Former Chancellor of UC Berkeley, Former President of University of Texas at Austin
Alvin Bowman Ph.D. – President, Illinois State University
Tom Buchanan Ph.D. – Twenty-third President University of Wyoming
David L. Chicoine Ph.D. – President, South Dakota State University
Lewis Collens B.S., M.A. – Seventh President, Illinois Institute of Technology
Ralph J. Cicerone M.S. 1967, Ph.D. 1970 – President, National Academy of Sciences, Former Chancellor UC Irvine
John E. Cribbet J.D. – legal scholar, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, and Chancellor of the University of Illinois
Lois B. DeFleur Ph.D. – President, Binghamton University, Former Provost University of Missouri
Tori Haring-Smith Ph.D – President, Washington & Jefferson College
Freeman A. Hrabowski III M.A., Ph.D. – President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Philip Handler Ph.D. 1939 – President, National Academy of Sciences
Robert W. Kustra Ph.D. – President, Boise State University
John Niland Ph.D. 1970 – Fourth President, University of New South Wales, Australia
J. Wayne Reitz M.S. 1935 – President, University of Florida
Steven B. Sample B.S. 1962, M.S. 1963, Ph.D. 1965 – Tenth President, University of Southern California
Michael Schwartz B.S. 1958, M.A. 1959, Ph.D. 1962 – President Cleveland State University
James J. Stukel M.S. 1963, Ph.D. 1968 – Fifteenth President, University of Illinois
David J. Schmidly Ph.D., – Twentieth President University of New Mexico
William D. Underwood J.D. – Eighteen President, Mercer University
Marvin Wachman Ph.D. – President, Temple University, Former President Lincoln University
Herman B Wells – President, Indiana University
Chen Xujing - Vice President, Nankai University and Zhongsan University, President, Lingnan University and Jinan University
Coching Chu B.S. 1913 – Sixteenth President, Zhejiang University ( National Chekiang University period), Former Vice President, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Emil Q. Javier B.S. 1964 – Seventeenth President, University of the Philippines
College provosts and vice provosts
Distinguished professors and scholars
Warren Ambrose B.S. 1935, M.S. 1936, Ph.D. 1939 – Mathematics, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at MIT. Ambrose is often considered one of the fathers of modern geometry. 1
Arnold O. Beckman B.S. 1922, M.S. 1923 – Former Professor of Chemistry at Caltech.
Gerald R. Ferris Ph.D. – Francis Eppes Professor of Management and professor of psychology at Florida State University
Nick Holonyak B.S., Ph.D. – Professor of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Douglas A. Melton B.S. – Biologist, Xander University Professor at Harvard University
Nora C. Quebral Ph.D. – proponent of the development communication discipline; Professor Emeritus of development communication at University of the Philippines Los Baños
Bernard Rosenthal, Ph.D. 1968 – Professor Emeritus of English at Binghamton University.
Roy Vernon Scott M.A. 1953, Ph.D. 1957 – Professor Emeritus of History at Mississippi State University
James Thomson B.S. 1981 – Professor of Microbiology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Paul S. Dunkin M.A. 1931, B.S. 1935, Ph.D. 1937 – Professor Emeritus of Library Services at Rutgers University
Barbara Bain, B.S. – winner of three consecutive Emmy Awards for the role of Cinnamon Carter in Mission: Impossible
Betsy Brandt - television actress ( Marie Schrader in ) Breaking Bad 2
Timothy Carhart – film and television actor ( , Pink Cadillac ) The Hunt for Red October
Andrew Davis – film director ( ) The Fugitive
Nancy Lee Grahn, briefly attended – Daytime Emmy-winning actress
Gene Hackman, attended – Five-time Academy Award-nominated actor
Shanola Hampton – actor ( ) Shameless (USA)
Arte Johnson, 1949 – television personality Laugh-In
Margaret Judson – television actress ( ) The Newsroom
Ang Lee, 1980 – Academy Award-winning movie director (Best Director, 2005, ; 2012, Brokeback Mountain ) Life of Pi
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, 1980 – actress ( , Scarface ) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
John McNaughton – film and television director ( , Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer ) Wild Things
Ryan McPartlin – actor ( ) Chuck
Donna Mills – film and television actress ( ) Knots Landing
Ben Murphy – television actor ( ) Alias Smith and Jones
Lucas Neff – actor ( ) Raising Hope
Nick Offerman, 1993 – actor ( ) Parks and Recreation
Jerry Orbach, B.A. – Broadway, film and television actor ( , Detective Dirty Dancing Lennie Briscoe in ) Law & Order
Peter Palmer – actor and singer; played " Li'l Abner" on Broadway and film
Larry Parks – Academy-Award-nominated actor; blacklisted in Hollywood after testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee
Andy Richter, briefly attended – actor and Conan O'Brien sidekick
Alan Ruck – actor ( , Ferris Bueller's Day Off , Star Trek Generations ) Spin City
Lynne Thigpen, B.A. 1970 – 1997 Tony Award-winning actress ( ) Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Jonathan Sadowski – actor ( ) $#*! My Dad Says (TV series)
Allan Sherman – comedian (known for the Grammy Award-winning novelty song " Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"; television writer and producer (co-creator of ) I've Got a Secret
Sushanth, B.E. – Telugu actor
Grant Williams – film actor ( (1957)) and The Incredible Shrinking Man operatic tenor
Roger Young, M.S. – Emmy Award-winning TV and movie director
Irving Azoff, attended — CEO of Ticketmaster (2008- present); Executive Chairman Live Nation Entertainment
Nancy Brinker, 1968 – founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; Chief of Protocol of the United States, United States ambassador to Hungary 2001-09-06 to 2003-06-19; sister of Susan G. Komen received the 1995 University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award 
Jim Cantalupo, 1966 – chairman and chief executive officer of McDonald's (1991–2004)
Jerry Colangelo, B.S. 1962 – president and chief executive officer of Phoenix Suns; managing general partner of Arizona Diamondbacks
Jon Corzine, A.B. 1969 – chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs (1994–1999), cross listed in Politics section
Stephen Carley, A.B. 1973 – chief executive officer of circa El Pollo Loco, former president and chief operating officer of 3 Universal City Hollywood 3
Bob Dudley, B.S. – managing director and chief executive officer-designate of BP
Martin Eberhard, 1960 – co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors
George M.C. Fisher, 1962 – chief executive officer of Eastman Kodak (1993&–2000)
John Georges, 1951 – chief executive officer of International Paper (1985–1996)
Harry Gray, 1941 – chief executive officer of United Technologies (1974–1986)
E.B. Harris, 1935 – president of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Robert L. Johnson – founder of Black Entertainment Television; principal owner of the Charlotte Bobcats
Michael P. Krasny, B.S. 1975 – found and chairman emeritus of CDW
Christopher Michel, B.A. 1990 – founder and chief executive officer of Military.com (1999&Ndash;2007); founder and chief executive officer of Affinity Labs
Steven L. Miller, B.S. 1967 – chief executive officer of Shell Oil (1999–2002)
Tom Murphy, B.S. 1938 – chairman of General Motors
Jim Oberweis – chairman of Oberweis Dairy
Ron Popeil, attended (left after one year) – inventor of the infomercial
Abe Saperstein – creator of the Harlem Globetrotters
Jack Welch, M.S. 1959, Ph.D. 1961 – chief executive officer of General Electric (1981–2001)
C. E. Woolman, 1912 – founder of Delta Air Lines
John D. Zeglis, B.S. 1969 – former president of AT&T; former chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Wireless
Yi Gang, Ph.D. 1986 – Director of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange and Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China.
Engineering and technology
Panorama of the Bardeen Quad
Shoaib Abbasi, B.S. 1980, M.S. 1980 – president and chief executive officer of Informatica
Marc Andreessen, B.S. 1993 – co-creator of Mosaic, and later co-founder of Netscape
Bruce Artwick, M.S. 1976 – creator of Microsoft Flight Simulator
Christopher Chan, B.S. 2016 – creator of Flappy Bird
Ken Batcher, Ph.D. 1969 – ACM/IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award winner for work on parallel computers
Arnold O. Beckman, B.S. 1922, M.S. 1923 – inventor of the pH meter, founder of Beckman Instruments; major donor to the university which included a gift to found the Beckman Institute; namesake of The Beckman Quadrangle
Eric Bina, B.S. 1986, M.S. 1988 – co-creator of the Mosaic and among the first employees of Netscape
Donald Bitzer B.S. 1955, M.S. 1956, Ph.D. 1960 – 2003 Emmy Award in Technical Achievement for the invention of the plasma display
Ed Boon, B.S. 1986 – creator of the video-game series Mortal Kombat
Steve Chen – co-founder of YouTube
Ven Te Chow, Ph.D. – professor of hydrology
John Cioffi B.S. 1978 – father of DSL (broadband internet connection), Marconi Prize winner, founder of Amati Communications (sold to 4 Texas Instruments), IEEE Fellow
Alan M. Davis, M.S. 1973, Ph.D. 1975 – IEEE Fellow for contributions to software engineering, author, entrepreneur
Lemuel Davis, M.S. – software engineer in the field of computer animation; winner of a 1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award
James DeLaurier, B.S. – designed the first microwave-powered aircraft, the first engine-powered ornithopter, and the first human-carrying ornithopter
Daniel W. Dobberpuhl, B.S. 1967 – creator of Alpha and StrongARM microprocessors at DEC
Steve Dorner, B.S. 1983 – creator of Eudora
Russell Dupuis B.S. 1970, M.S. 1971, Ph.D. 1972 – professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology; co-recipient of the 2002 National Medal of Technology; awarded the 2007 IEEE Edison Medal; pioneer in metalorganic chemical vapor deposition and the commercialization of LEDs
Larry Ellison, attended (left after sophomore year) – founder of Oracle Corporation
Michael Hart, B.A. 1973 – founder of Project Gutenberg
Tomlinson Holman, B.S. 1968 – creator of THX, professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts
John C. Houbolt, B.S. 1940, M.S. 1942 – retired NASA engineer who successfully promoted lunar orbit rendezvous for Apollo Space Program
Jawed Karim, B.S. 2004 – co-founder of YouTube
Fazlur Khan, Ph.D. 1955 – designer and builder of the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the world when it was built in 1973
Shahid Khan, B.S. 1971 – owner of Flex-N-Gate Corp.; purchased the Jacksonville Jaguars
Ed Krol – author of Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog
Max Levchin, B.S. 1997 – co-founder of PayPal
Bob Miner, B.A. (mathematics) 1963 – co-founder of Oracle Corporation
Ray Ozzie, B.S. 1979 – creator of Lotus Notes cofounder of Lotus, co-president of Microsoft
Cecil Peabody – writer, graduate of MIT (1877) and professor at MIT
Jerry Sanders, B.S. 1958 – co-founder and former chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices
Thomas Siebel, B.A. 1975, M.B.A. 1983, M.S. 1985 – founder of Siebel Systems
H. Gene Slottow, Ph.D. 1964 – 2003 5 Emmy Award in Technical Achievement for the invention of the plasma display
Nadine Barrie Smith, B.S. 1985, M.S. 1989, Ph.D. 1996 – biomedical researcher in therapeutic ultrasound
Jeremy Stoppelman – co-founder and chief executive officer of Yelp!
Bill Stumpf – designer of the Aeron and Ergon ergonomic chairs
Craig Vetter – BFA Industrial Design c. 1966 - founder of Vetter Fairing Company and Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee
Kevin Warwick – Senior Beckman Fellow, 2004 – cyborg scientist, University of Reading
Nelson Algren, B.S. 1931 – author of 1950 National Book Award-winning The Man With the Golden Arm
William Attaway, B.A. 1935 – author of Blood on the Forge
Ann Bannon, B.A. 1955 – pulp-fiction writer; author of "The Beebo Brinker Chronicles"
Dee Brown, M.S. 1951 – author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
John F. Callahan, M.A., Ph.D. – literary executor for Ralph Ellison
Iris Chang, B.A. 1989 – author of The Rape of Nanking
Dave Eggers, attended 1980s and 90s, B.S. 2002 – author of , A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius , and What Is the What Zeitoun (book)
Stanley Elkin, B.A. 1952, Ph.D. 1961 – National Book Critics Circle Award winner for George Mills in 1982 and for Mrs. Ted Bliss in 1995
Lee Falk, 1932 – creator of The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician
Rolando Hinojosa, Ph.D. 1969 – author of Klail City Death Trip Series
Irene Hunt, B.A. 1939 – Newbery Medal winning author of Up a Road Slowly
Richmond Lattimore, Ph.D. 1935 – poet; translator of the and Iliad the Odyssey
William Keepers Maxwell, Jr., B.A. 1930 – novelist and fiction editor of (1936-1976) The New Yorker
Harry Mark Petrakis, attended – novelist
Richard Powers, M.A. 1979 – novelist and writer
Shel Silverstein, attended (expelled) – poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of children's books ( ) Where the Sidewalk Ends
Larry Woiwode, 1964 – poet and novelist
Journalism and non-fiction broadcasting
Jabari Asim, Scholar-in-Residence 2008–2010 - Editor-in-Chief, The Crisis, Washington Post Book World deputy editor, columnist; author
Dan Balz, B.A. 1968, M.A. 1972 – national political reporter and editor; author Washington Post
John Chancellor – political analyst and newscaster for NBC Nightly News
Roger Ebert, B.S. 1964 – film critic
Bill Geist, 1968 – CBS News correspondent
Robert Goralski, 1949 – NBC News correspondent
Bob Grant – radio talk show personality
Herb Keinon – columnist and journalist for The Jerusalem Post
Frederick C Klein, B.A. 1959 – sportswriter Wall Street Journal' and author
Will Leitch – writer and founding editor of Deadspin 6
Carol Marin, A.B. 1970 – former news anchor; correspondent; and Illinois Journalist of the Year (1988) 60 Minutes
Tom Merritt, B.S. journalism – technology journalist and broadcaster on TWiT.tv
Robert Novak, B.A. 1952 – political commentator and columnist Ralph Nozaki is a famous Chicago radio DJ who goes by the name Rick O'Dell.
Suze Orman, attended 1973 – financial adviser and author
Ian Punnett – radio talk-show personality, and Saturday-night host of Coast to Coast AM
B. Mitchel Reed, B.S., M.A. – radio personality in Los Angeles and New York City
Dan Savage – advice columnist ( Savage Love) and theater director
Gene Shalit, 1949 – film critic
Patricia Thompson, 1969 – film and television producer, 1969
Douglas Wilson – television personality and designer ( ) Trading Spaces
Robert "Buck" Brown – cartoonist, creator of the libidinous "Granny" character, and whose drawings also regularly addressed racial equality issues Playboy
Dianne Chandler – Playboy Playmate of the Month, 1966
Erika Harold – Miss America 2003
Judith Ford (Judi Nash), B.S. — Miss America 1969
Hugh Hefner, B.A. 1949 – founder of magazine Playboy
Nicole Hollander, B.A. 1960 – syndicated cartoonist of Sylvia
Ken Paulson, J.D. – editor-in-chief of (2004–2008) USA Today
Henry Petroski, Ph.D. 1968 – civil engineer and writer
Irna Phillips, 1923 – creator of the soap opera
Brant Hansen – American radio personality for Air 1 radio network
Karshan Sharma, B.A. 2013 – Professional Starcraft player (winner of MLG 2013)
John Anderson – U.S. Representative from Illinois (1961–1981); 1980 presidential candidate 7
Berhane Abrehe, M.S. 1972 – Third Minister of Finance of Eritrea
Willis J. Bailey, 1879 – United States Representative and the 16th Governor of Kansas 8
Larry Bucshon — U.S. Representative from Indiana (since 2011) 9
James Brady, 1962 – White House Press Secretary under Ronald Reagan, hand-gun-control advocate
Carol Moseley Braun, 1989 – first African-American female United States Senator (Illinois, 1993–1999); U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa (1999–2001) 10
Henry M. Britt, 1941 and 1947 (law) – Arkansas Republican pioneer and circuit judge in Hot Springs
Prentiss M. Brown – United States Senator from Michigan (1936–1943); U.S. Representative from Michigan (1933–1936) 11
Edwin V. Champion – U.S. Representative from Illinois (1937–1939) 12
Michael D. Clary, B.S. 1976, Vermilion County State's Attorney (1992-1998), Circuit Court Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit of Illinois (since 1998)
Rafael Correa, Ph.D. 2001 — President and Former Secretary (Minister) of Finances of Ecuador.
Jon Corzine, A.B. 1969 – Governor of New Jersey (2006–2010) and U.S. Senator from New Jersey (2001–2006), cross listed in Business section 13
Dorothy Day, 1918 – founder of the Catholic Worker Movement
Alan J. Dixon, B.S. – United States Senator from Illinois (1981–1993); 34th Illinois Secretary of State 14
John Porter East, Law, 1959 – United States Senator from North Carolina (1981–1986) 15
Atef Ebeid, Ph.D. 1962 – former prime minister of Egypt (1999–2004)
Tom Fink, J.D. 1952 – Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives (1973), Mayor of Anchorage (1987–1994)
Mark Filip, B.A. 1988 – acting Attorney General of the United States (2009); Deputy Attorney General of the United States (2008–2009); Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2004-2008) 16
Allen J. Flannigan – Wisconsin State Assemblyman (1957–1966)
Rita B. Garman, B.S. 1965 – Illinois Supreme Court (since 2001)
Chuck Graham, B.S. 1987 – Missouri House of Representatives (1996–2002), Missouri State Senate 2004
Jesse Jackson, expelled before graduation – civil-rights leader; presidential candidate; founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
Jesse Jackson, Jr., J.D. 1993 – U.S. Representative from Illinois (since 1995) 17
William Marion Jardine – United States administrator and educator, served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt 18
Tim Johnson, B.A. 1969, J.D. 1972 – U.S. Representative from Illinois (since 2001) 19
Lloyd A. Karmeier, B.A. 1962, J.D. 1964 – Illinois Supreme Court (since 2004)
Victor Kamber, B.S. 1965 – formed The Kamber Group, working for Democratic Party candidates and labor unions
Neel Kashkari, B.S. 1995, M.S. 1997 – Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability in the United States Department of the Treasury
Annette Lu – former vice-president of Taiwan (2000–2008)
Lynn Morley Martin, B.A. 1960 – U.S. Representative from Illinois (1981–1991) and Secretary of Labor in the cabinet of George H.W. Bush (1991–1993) 20
Vashti McCollum - political activist for the separation of religion and public education and the plaintiff of the McCollum case.
Oran McPherson – former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta; Minister of Public Works for the United Farmers of Alberta government
Maxwell Mkwezalamba, Ph.D. 1995 – Commissioner for Economic Affairs for the African Union Commission (since 2004)
Dick Murphy, B.A. 1965 – Mayor of San Diego (2000–2005)
Ramon Ocasio III – 6th Judicial Subcircuit Judge, Cook County, Illinois (since 2006)
Russell Olson, attended - 39th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin (1979–1983)
Fidel V. Ramos, 1951 – former President of the Philippines (1992–1998)
Julius B. Richmond B.S., M.S. 1939 – 12th United States Surgeon General and the United States Assistant Secretary for Health (1977-1981); vice admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; first national director for Project Head Start
Peter Roskam B.A. 1983 - U.S. Representative from Illinois (since 2007) 21
Kurt Schrader B.S. 1975, D.V.M. 1977 – U.S. Representative from Oregon (since 2009) 22
Albert Shanker – president of the United Federation of Teachers (1964–1984); president of the American Federation of Teachers (1974–1997)
Jan Schakowsky, B.S. 1965 – U.S. Representative from Illinois (1999- present) 23
Steve Schiff, B.A. 1968 – U.S. Representative from New Mexico (1989-1998) 24
Ashton C. Shallenberger – 15th Governor of Nebraska 25
Samuel H. Shapiro – 34th Governor of Illinois (1968); 38th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (1961–1968) 26
Samuel K. Skinner, 1960 – Secretary of Transportation (1989–1991); White House Chief of Staff during the George H. W. Bush Administration (1992)
Phillips Talbot – United States diplomat, United States Ambassador to Greece (1965–1969)
Jerry Weller, B.S. 1979 – U.S. Representative from Illinois (1995–2009) 27
Kandeh Yumkella, Ph. D. 1991 – Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Frank White (governor), 1880 – eighth Governor of North Dakota 28
Science and mathematics
David Blackwell, Ph.D. 1941 – mathematician; 2010 Rao–Blackwell theorem; first African American to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (1965); first black tenured faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley
Murray S. Blum – entomologist, authority on chemical ecology and pheromones
Harold E. Brooks, Ph.D. 1990 - atmospheric scientist; tornado climatology expert
John Carbon, B.S. 1952 – biochemist; National Academy of Sciences member
Stephen S. Chang, Ph.D. 1952 – food scientist; recipient, IFT Stephen S. Chang Award for Lipid or Flavor Science
Karl Clark, Ph.D – discovered the hot water oil separation process
Cutler J. Cleveland, Ph.D – editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy and the Encyclopedia of Earth
Ronald Cohn, B.S. 1965, M.S. 1967, Ph.D. 1971 – researcher and cameraman who helped document Koko, the mountain gorilla
Alfred Y. Cho, B.S. 1960, M.S. 1961, Ph.D. 1968 – father of molecular beam epitaxy; received the National Medal of Science in 1993
Gene H. Golub, B.S. 1953, M.A. 1954, Ph.D. 1959 – B. Bolzano Gold Medal for Merits in the Field of Mathematical
Paul Halmos, B.S. 1935, Ph.D. 1938 – mathematician
Richard Hamming, Ph.D. 1942 – mathematician; developed Hamming code and Hamming distance; winner of 1968 ACM Turing Award; namesake of the IEEE's Richard W. Hamming Medal
Donald G. Higman, Ph.D. 1952– mathematician, discovered the Higman–Sims group
Donald Johanson, B.S. 1966 – anthropologist, discoverer of oldest known hominid, " Lucy"
Charles David Keeling, B.S. 1948 - chemist, alerted the world about the possible connection between climate change and human activity
Michael Lacey, Ph.D. 1987 – awarded the Salem Prize for solving conjectures about the Bilinear Hilbert Transform
Richard Leibler, Ph.D 1939 – mathematician; formulated the Kullback–Leibler divergence, a measure of similarity between probability distributions; directed the Princeton center of the Institute for Defense Analysis
Sandra Leiblum, Ph. D. – sexologist
Temple Grandin, Ph. D 1989 – animal scientist; bestselling author; consultant to the livestock industry in animal behavior; Her biopic won five Emmy Awards in 2010 about her life as a woman diagnosed with autism at age two
Francine Patterson, B.S. 1970 – researcher who taught a modified version of American Sign Language to a mountain gorilla named Koko
Idun Reiten, Ph. D. 1971 – professor of mathematics; considered to be one of Norway's greatest living mathematicians
Allan Sandage, B.S., 1948 – astronomer and cosmologist; winner of 1991 Crafoord Prize
Steven Takiff, Ph. D. 1970 – mathematician
Charles W. Woodworth, B.S. 1885, M.S. 1886 – founder of the Division of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley; the PBESA gives the C. W. Woodworth Award
Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, Ph.D. 1975 – computer scientist, winner of 2000 ACM Turing Award
Jeffrey S. Moore, Ph.D. 1989 - chemist
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Arrelious Benn – National Football League player, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chuck Boerio – National Football League player, linebacker for the Green Bay Packers
Dick Butkus – National Football League linebacker; member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Luke Butkus– National Football League coach, Offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears, nephew of Dick Butkus
Danny Clark IV – National Football League player, linebacker for the New Orleans Saints
Steve Collier – National Football League player, offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers
Jameel Cook – National Football League player, fullback for the Houston Texans
Vontae Davis – National Football League player, cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts
David Diehl – National Football League player, offensive guard for the New York Giants
Moe Gardner – former National Football League player, former defensive line for the Atlanta Falcons
Red Grange – charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
George Halas – former National Football League coach for the Chicago Bears; charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Kelvin Hayden – National Football League player, cornerback for the Chicago Bears
William G. Kline – head coach for the University of Florida and University of Nebraska football and basketball teams
Greg Lewis – National Football League player, wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles
Mikel Leshoure – National Football League player, running back for the Detroit Lions
Brandon Lloyd – Former National Football League player, wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams
Rashard Mendenhall – National Football League player, running back for the Arizona Cardnals
Aaron Moorehead – National Football League player, wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts
Ray Nitschke – National Football League player, former linebacker for the Green Bay Packers
Tony Pashos – National Football League player, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens
Neil Rackers – National Football League player, kicker for the Houston Texans
Simeon Rice – Former National Football League player, defensive end
Marques Sullivan – former National Football League player, offensive line for the New England Patriots
Steve Weatherford – National Football League player, punter for the New York Giants
Eugene Wilson – National Football League player, defensive back for the New England Patriots
Fred Wakefield – National Football League player, offensive guard for the Arizona Cardinals
Pierre Thomas – National Football League player, running back for the New Orleans Saints
Kevin Anderson (tennis) – Olympian in men's tennis 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Avery Brundage, B.S. 1909 – Olympian, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President (1952–1972)
Abie Grossfeld – Olympic, Pan Am, and Maccabiah Games gymnast and coach
Daniel Kinsey – gold medalist in men's 110 m hurdles, 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris
Jonathan Kuck– silver medalist in speed skating in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
Don Laz – silver medalist in pole vault in the 1952 Helsinki, Finland Games; became an architect in Champaign, Illinois however his design career was cut short by a stroke
Herb McKenley – silver medalist in 400 m, 1948 Summer Olympics in London; silver medal in 100 m and 400 m, gold medal in 4×400 m relay, 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki
Harold Osborn – gold medalist in high jump and decathlon [1924 Summer Olympics, Paris France]
Bob Richards – gold medalist in pole vault in the 1952 Helsinki, Finland Games
Craig Virgin – three-time Olympian in men's 10,000 meters; two-time World Cross Country Champion
Justin Spring - member of the bronze medal winning U.S. Men's Gymnastic team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
Deron Williams – USA basketball team member for the 2012 London Olympics
Tatyana McFadden – USA paralympian athlete competing mainly in category T54 sprint eventsteam member for the 2012 London Olympics
John Bardeen, 1951–1991– awarded Nobel Prizes for Physics in 1953 for co-inventing the transistor and again in 1972 for work on superconductivity (one of the four people in the world to win multiple Nobel Prizes and the only one who won twice in Physics)
Elias James (E.J.) Corey, 1951–1959 – Nobel laureate ( Chemistry, 1990)
Paul Lauterbur, 1985–2007 – Nobel laureate ( Physiology or Medicine, 2003)
Anthony James Leggett, 1983 – Nobel laureate ( Physics, 2003)
Salvador Luria, 1950–1959 – Nobel laureate ( Physiology or Medicine, 1969)
Rudolph Marcus, 1964–1968 – Nobel laureate ( Chemistry, 1992)
Franco Modigliani, 1948–1952 – Nobel laureate ( Economics, 1985)
Leonid Hurwicz, 1950–1951, 2001 – Nobel laureate ( Economics, 2007)
Alvin E. Roth, 1974–1982 – Nobel laureate ( Economics, 2012 )
Pulitzer Prize winners
William Bagley, faculty 1908–1917 – an original proponent of educational essentialism
Max Beberman, faculty 1950–1971 – educator credited with inventing "new math"
Jean Bourgain, faculty – Fields Medal in Mathematics of International Mathematical Union, 1994
Ira Carmen, 1968–2009 – first political scientist elected to the Human Genome Organization; co-founder of the social science subdiscipline of genetics and politics.
Wallace Hume Carothers – organic chemist, inventor of nylon and first synthetic rubber (Neoprene)
Ron Dewar – music educator, noted jazz saxophonist, leader of influential Memphis Nighthawks
Jan Erkert, chair of the Department of Dance – Fulbright scholar
David Gottlieb, 1946–1982 – discovered chloramphenicol, Guggenheim Fellow, Biology-Plant Science, 1963;
Nick Holonyak, Jr. – Lemelson-MIT Prize (2004), National Medal of Technology (2002), National Medal of Science (1990); credited for the invention of the LED and the first semiconductor laser to operate in the visible spectrum
Sri Mulyani Indrawati, M.A., Ph.D. 1992 – managing director of the World Bank Group (since 2010), former Finance Minister of Indonesia (2005–2010)
Donald William Kerst, 1938–1957 – developed the betatron
Francis Wheeler Loomis, Head of Physics Department 1929–1957 – former Guggenheim Fellow; established school's physics department
Lisa Nakamura, Director of the Asian American Studies Program – Author of "Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet" (2008), "Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity and Identity on the Internet" (2002), and co-editor of "Race in Cyberspace" (2002)
Abram L. Sachar, 1923–1948 – founding president of Brandeis University Paul Saylor, 1967–2002, emeritus professor of computer science
Fred W. Tanner, 1923–1956 – food microbiologist; charter member of the Institute of Food Technologists; founder of scientific journal (now the Food Research ) Journal of Food Science
Brian Wansink, 1997–2005 – Julian Simon professor and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
William Warfield, 1976–1990 – bass-baritone singer; chair of the Division of Voice in the College of Music
Elmo Scott Watson, 1916–1924 – journalism professor who specialized in the American West
Carl Woese – Crafoord Prize recipient (bioscience, 2003); professor of microbiology, foreign member of the Royal Society, defined the Archaea
Alexandre Tombini, the current Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil
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