List of University of Michigan alumni

List of University of Michigan alumni

There are more than 425,000 living alumni of the University of Michigan. Famous 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 first doctor assisted suicide, and the first American to walk in space.


Nobel laureates

*Stanley Cohen (PhD 1949), co-winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering growth factors (proteins regulating cell growth) in human and animal tissue
*Marshall Nirenberg, (Ph.D. 1957), Chief of Biomedical Genetics, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1968
*Thomas H. Weller, (A.B. 1936, M.S. 1937), received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1954
*Jerome Karle, (Ph.D. 1944) Chief Scientist, Laboratory for the Structure of Matter, Naval Research Laboratory. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1985
*Richard Smalley (COE: BS 1965) - Chemist, awarded Nobel Prize in 1996 for the co-discovery of fullerenes.
*Samuel C. C. Ting, (BS 1959, PhD 1962), physicist, awarded Nobel Prize in 1976 for discovering the J/ψ particle.
*H.David Politzer, (BS 1969), physicist, Professor at California Institute of Technology, awarded Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004.


*Benjamin Aaron, (LS&A: 1937) was considered a scholar of labor law. During World War II, he was director of the National War Labor Board. He was vice chairman of the National Wage Stabilization Board during the Truman administration.
*Mary Frances Berry (LAW: JD/Ph.D.) - former chairwoman United States Civil Rights Commission.
*Cindy Cohn (LAW: J.D 1988) - Attorney for Bernstein v. United States, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
*George William Crockett (LAW: JD 1934), was an African American attorney, a state court judge in Detroit, Michigan, a United States Representative, and a national vice-president of the National Lawyers Guild. Crockett participated in the founding convention of the racially-integrated National Lawyers Guild in 1937, and later served that organization as its national vice-president. As the first African American lawyer in the U.S. Department of Labor, from 1939–1943, Crockett worked as a senior attorney on employment cases brought under the National Labor Relations Act, a legislative program of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Crockett also worked as a hearing officer in the Federal Fair Employment Practices Commission during 1943.
*Clarence Darrow (LAW 1878) - Leopold and Loeb lawyer, defense attorney for John T. Scopes
*Terry Davis (BUS: MBA 1962) - Member of the UK Parliament for 28 years, now Secretary General of the Council of Europe and human rights activist.
*Tom Hayden, author of Port Huron Statement, member of Chicago Seven, co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society; later a member of each house of California's Legislature.
*Alireza Jafarzadeh, Iranian activist and nuclear analyst.
*Lyman T. Johnson, (AM 1931) history graduate. The grandson of slaves, Mr. Johnson successfully sued to integrate the University of Kentucky, opening that state's colleges and universities to African-Americans five years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
*Belford Vance Lawson, Jr. (born July 9, 1909, Roanoke, Virginia, d. February 26, 1985), was a formidable attorney credited with making at least eight appearances before the Supreme Court. He attended University of Michigan and became the school's first African American varsity football player.
*Michael Moore, (MDNG) filmmaker and political activist (Flint campus); did not graduate.
*Michael Newdow (LAW: JD 1988) - Made headlines by challenging the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance
*Milo Radulovich , became a symbol of the excesses of anti-Communism when he challenged his removal from the Air Force Reserve (judged a security risk) and his story was chronicled by Edward Murrow in 1953 on the television newsmagazine program “See It Now.”
*Raoul Wallenberg, (ARCH: B.Arch. 1935), Swedish diplomat, rescued thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, primarily in Hungary.
*Jerry White (BUS: MBA 2005) - Cofounder and executive director of the Landmine Survivors Network (LSN).
*Hao Wu (BUS: MBA 2000) - Documentary filmmaker and blogger. Controversially imprisoned by Chinese government for 5 months in 2006.

Art, architecture, design

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Arts and entertainment

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*Theodore Freeman, (COE: MSAE 1960), one of the third group of astronauts selected by NASA. Died in T-38 crash at Ellington Air Force Base.
*Karl G. Henize, (Ph.D. 1954), STS-51-F, 1985.
*James Irwin, (COE: MSAE 1957), Apollo 15, 1971. He was the first man to drive a lunar rover on the Moon.
*Jack Lousma, (COE: BSAE 1959), Skylab 3 1973; STS-3, 1982.

*James McDivitt, (COE: BSE AA 1959, ScD hon. 1965), graduated first in his class. Command Pilot Gemini 4, 1965; Commander Apollo 9; Program Manager for Apollo 1216. Brigadier general, U.S. Air Force; vice president (ret.), Rockwell International Corporation
*David Scott, (MDNG: 1949–1950; ScD hon. 1971), Apollo 15, 1971.
*Edward White, (COE: MSAE 1959), Hon. PhD (Astronautics) 1965, first American to walk in space (Gemini 4), 1965; died in Apollo 1 test accident, 1967.
*Alfred Worden, (COE: MSAE 1964, Scd hon. 1971), Apollo 15, 1971.

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 Engineering School has since been moved.The campus Plaza honoring them remains.) An all-University of Michigan crew commanded Gemini IV (James McDivitt and Edward White 1965) and an all-University of Michigan crew of Worden, Irwin and Scott flew aboard Apollo 15 (1971).

Belles lettres

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Churchill Scholarship

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.
*Charley Crissman, (A.B. 2006), winner of a Winston Churchill Foundation Churchill Scholarship
*Christopher Hayward, (BS Astronomy & Astrophysics, Physics, and Mathematics 2005), winner of a Winston Churchill Foundation Churchill Scholarship
*Jared Silvia, (A.B. ), winner of a Winston Churchill Foundation Churchill Scholarship.

Computers, engineering, and technology

*Claudia Alexander, (Ph.D. 1993), is a member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she was the last project manager of NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter and is currently project manager of NASA's role in the European led Rosetta mission to study comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. She was once named UM's "Woman of the Year".
*Frances E. Allen, (MA) 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. In 1989, Allen was made the first female IBM Fellow. She is now an IBM Fellow Emeritus, recognized for her work in mentoring women and men in technology.
*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.
*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 of Motorola, Inc. He purchased Four-Phase in 1982.
*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.
*John Cashman - (COE: BSE 1966) - Boeing test pilot who piloted the first flight of the 777.
*Robert Cailliau (COE: MSc Computer, Information and Control Engineering 1971) (born 26 January 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
*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.
*Robert Hall, (COE: BSE 1927) - Designer of the Granville Brothers Aircraft Gee Bee Z racer that won the 1931 Thompson Trophy race and Grummman test pilot. He is credited with major role in the design of the Grumman F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat and TBM Avenger.
*Willis Hawkins, (COE: BSE 1937) - Lockheed engineer who contributed to the designs of a number of historic Lockheed aircraft, including the Constellation, P-80 Shooting Star, XF-90, F-94 Starfire, F-104 Starfighter and C-130 Hercules. He rose to become President of Lockheed.
*Jon Hein, (B? 1989) - evangelist of the phrase "Jump the shark", which he created into a website and book that popularized the term. [cite web|url=|title=Jump the Shark swims into Net age vernacular|publisher=USA Today|author=A.S. Berman|date=2001-08-09] The website was eventually acquired by GemStar, the parent company of TV Guide [cite web|url=|title=Surfing Shark Swallowed by Big Fish Gemstar|author=Lisa de Moraes|date=2006-06-22|publisher=Washington Post]
*Harry Hillaker, (COE: BSE) - Designer of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter.
*John Henry Holland, First UM Computer Science PhD, and originator of genetic algorithms.
*Charles S. Hutchins (COE: BSE MEAM 1957) - Co-founder of Manufacturing Data Systems Inc. Widely recognized as the father of computer-aided manufacturing.
*Clarence "Kelly" Johnson (COE: 1932 BSE, 1933 MSE, 1964 PhD (Hon)) - Founder of the Lockheed Skunk Works. Designer of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, P-80 Shooting Star, JetStar, F-104 Starfighter, U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird.
*Gloria Jeff, (BSE CE 1974, MSE 1976, MUP 1976) has broken ground in two areas. In 2003, she became the first woman—and the first African American—to lead the State of Michigan Department of Transportation.
*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.
*Thomas (COE: BS EP 1982, MSE CI CE 1984) and John Knoll - Co-creators of Adobe Photoshop.
*Bernie Lacroute, (COE: MS EE), involved in the development of the PDP-11, the Ethernet and VAX will at Digital Equipment Corporation; later, and EVP at Sun Microsystems. He has served on the boards of Flextronics, Aptix, Calico, CellNet, Escalade, NAT Systems and Zambeel. He is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a noted Silicon Valley VC firm.
*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.
*Thomas A. Mehlhorn (COE: BSE NE 1974, MSE 1976, PhD 1978) - Manager of high energy density physics and inertial confinement fusion target design at Sandia National Laboratories.
*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.
*James R. Mellor (COE: BSE EE 1952, MSE 1954) - Joined General Dynamics in 1981; served in various key capacities until retiring in 1997 as chairman and CEO.
*Kevin O'Connor (BS EE 1983) - Founder of DoubleClick, which was acquired by Google for $3.1 billion
*Carl Page(COE: BSE CE 1986; MSE 1988) whose younger brother is Google co-founder Larry Page. Raised money in 2006 for a new company Handheld Entertainment of San Francisco, which makes a portable device for playing digital audio and video, a company that was co-founded—and funded—three years ago by Mr. Page, where he is Chief Technology Officer. In 1997, he co-founded eGroups in San Francisco, at about the same time his brother was launching Google. Egroups was sold to Yahoo in 2000 for $420 million worth of Yahoo stock.
*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.
*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, PhD 1955). Manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office during Project Apollo.
*Goff Smith (COE: BSE 1938), (BUS: MBA 1939). Chairman and CEO (emeritus) of Amsted Industries.
*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.
*Hau Thai-Tang (MBA 1993), Director of Advanced Product Creation and Special Vehicle Team at Ford Motor Company, Chief Engineer of the 2005 Ford Mustang
*Hans Weichsel Jr. (COE: BSE) - Bell Helicopter engineer who led the development of the UH-1 Iroquois, AH-1 Cobra and JetRanger as Senior Vice President of Product Development.
*Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype (recently sold to eBay) 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.


*Charles Kendall Adams, graduated in 1861, obtaining the degree of M.A. from his Alma Mater in the following year. Historian and 2nd President of Cornell University (1885–1892).
*Edgardo J. Angara (LAW: LLM 1964) Secretary of Agriculture (emeritus) of the Philippines and former Executive Secretary. He founded in the early 70s what “… eventually became the country's most prestigious law firm- the Angara, Concepcion, Cruz, Regala and Abello Law Offices, better known as ACCRA Law”. Angara gained recognition during his stint as President of the University of the Philippines from 1981 to 1987, where he defended the University's academic freedom and significantly improved its financial and human resources.
*James Rowland Angell, (BA 1890), the third President of Yale University.
*Dr. Khaled S. Al-Sultan (MS, applied mathematics; COE: Ph.D. in IOE), (born 1 January 1963 in Al-Gassim, Saudi Arabia) is the third rector of King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) a public university in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
*Ida Louise Altman (A.B.) Author of Emigrants and Society, was born in Washington, D.C.
*Robert F. Bacher, Ph.D. Member of the Manhattan Project. Subsequently professor of physics at Caltech and president of the Universities Research Association.
*Sylvia Bashevkin, (MA) the first woman to be named principal of University of Toronto's University College (UC).
*Willard L. Boyd III, (LAW: LL.M, SJD) University President Emeritus and Rawlins/Miller Professor University of Iowa, College of Law. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Law Institute, the Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and the board of National Arts Strategies.
*Allen Britton, (Ph.D. 1949). American music educator. Former president of Music Educators National Conference.
*George W. Breslauer, (A.B., A.M, Ph. D) a political science professor and Russia specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, was named Berkeley’s executive vice chancellor and provost, the campus's chief academic officer and the chancellor's second-in-command. Breslauer, 60, has been on the UC Berkeley faculty for 35 years. He will directly oversee a total budget of $500 million and close to 5,000 full time employees. Dr. Breslauer has written or edited 12 books. He currently is editor-in-chief of the quarterly publication "Post-Soviet Affairs."
*Urie Bronfenbrenner, (Ph. D), helped create the federal Head Start program. Was credited with creating the interdisciplinary field of human ecology; and was widely regarded as one of the world's leading scholars in developmental psychology and child-rearing. Author, co-author or editor of 14 books and more than 300 articles and chapters. The American Psychological Association gives an annual award in his name for contributions to developmental psychology.
*Stratton D. Brooks, (BA 1896), president of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri.
*Jon Burgstone, (MS), Faculty Chair and Professor, Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology UC Berkeley.
*William Wallace Campbell, (COE: BSE 1886) astronomer and tenth President of the University of California (1923–30). In 1931, he was elected president of the National Academy of Sciences.
*Katharine Coman (AB 1880) (1857–1915) was a social activist and distinguished economist. She specialized in teaching about the development of the American West. She was professor of history (1883–1900) and then chaired the Economics Department and was dean of Wellesley College. Wellesley College] named a professorship in her honor.
*Charles Horton Cooley (BA 1887; PhD 1894) (1864–1929) was an American sociologist. Cooley's concept of the "looking glass self" is undoubtedly his most famous, and is known and accepted by most psychologists and sociologists today. It expanded William James's idea of self to include the capacity of reflection on its own behavior.
*Joanne V. Creighton (Ph.D. in English literature) is currently serving as president of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.Was provost and professor of English from 1990–1994 at Wesleyan University and was Wesleyan's interim president from 1994 to 1995.
*John DiBiaggio, (MA) served as president of the University of Connecticut from 1979 to 1985, Michigan State University from 1985 to 1992 and Tufts University from 1992 to 2001.
*Aaron Dworkin (A.B. 1997, M.M. 1998), 2005 MacArthur 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.
*Richard A. English, (MA 1961, MSW 1964, PhD 1970). Formerly Dean and professor of social work at the Howard University School of Social Work from 1985 to 2003.
*Yoon-Dae Euh (BUS: PhD 1975) - President of Korea University in Seoul. Awarded honorary doctorate from Waseda University of Japan.
*Patrick Farrell, (COE: Ph.D. (mechanical engineering)). Named Provost, or chief academic officer, for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006.
*Edwin Francis Gay (AB 1890), First Dean of Harvard Business School. Served in that capacity during the years 1908–1919.
*Stephen Goodman, (B.S. 1984, A.B.D.) a 2005 MacArthur 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. He and a roommate, who was studying Egyptology, decided to look at how bird representations in Egyptian art had changed through time. For months they spent evenings poring over books at the university's superb Egyptian collection, tracking changes in styles over 2,000 years. On a whim, they sent their finished study to William Kelly Simpson, a famed Egyptologist at Yale University. Simpson called, immediately bought them tickets to the East Coast and helped them submit their monograph to the world's premiere Egyptology journal, which published it in 1979. "Who are you, anyway?" he asked the pair. Soon, at his urging, they'd found grant money to go to Egypt and study birds and historic records there.
*Roy Grow is the Kellogg Professor of International Relations and the director of the International Relations program at Carleton College. His specialty is the political economy of East Asia, specifically China and Southeast Asia. Grow's course topics at Carleton includes US Foreign Policy history, Intelligence Theory, Terrorism and Guerrilla Warfare, Chinese politics, Russian and Soviet Government, Political Economy, and Marxism. Professor Grow previously served as a military interpreter and analyst in Asia. He later earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1973.
*William W. Hagerty, (COE:M.S. 1943, Ph.D. 1947) former president of Drexel University.
*Alice Hamilton, toxicologist, scientist and first female faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
*David J. Herring (BUS: BBA 1980, JD 1985) - Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1998–2005).
*Roger W. Heyns, (Ph.D. 1949). Chancellor, Berkeley, 1965–1971. "He came like a gift of heaven to leadership of the Berkeley campus. He was an ambassador of good will...." Joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1947, received the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1952, and the Faculty Distinguished Service Award in 1958.
*Lyman T. Johnson, (AM 1931) history graduate. The grandson of slaves, Mr. Johnson successfully sued to integrate the University of Kentucky, opening that state's colleges and universities to African-Americans five years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
*Rosabeth Moss Kanter, (MA 1965, Ph. D 1967) first tenured female professor at Harvard Business School
*George Kish (Ph.D.) cartographer
*Jeffrey S. Lehman (LAW: JD 1977) - 11th President of Cornell University (2003–2005 )
*Rensis Likert, (B.A. 1926) in Sociology and Economics. Rensis Likert was a founder of The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and was the director from its inception in 1946 until 1970, when he retired and founded Rensis Likert Associates to consult for numerous corporations.
*Dr. James Moeser, (Ph.D. 1967) the ninth chancellor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Moeser was unanimously elected chancellor in 2000 by the UNC Board of Governors and arrived after four years as chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. A concert organist, Moeser began his career in 1966 at the University of Kansas as assistant professor and chairman of the organ department. He became dean of the School of Fine Arts in 1975 and later was named Althaus Distinguished Professor of Organ. In 1986 he joined The Pennsylvania State University as dean of the College of Arts and Architecture and executive director of University Arts Services. Six years later Moeser became vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of South Carolina, a post he held until becoming Nebraska's chancellor in 1996. He studied in Berlin and Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship.
*Mayo Moran (LAW: LLM), named — in 2005 — the dean of the University of Toronto's Faculties of Law.
*Norman Ornstein, (MA Political Science, PhD 1974 Political Science), Scholar: Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.
*Alice Elvira Freeman Palmer, (A.B. 1876, PhD. Hon 1882). Appointed to accept the post of head of the history department at Wellesley College in 1879 and was named the acting president of Wellesley in 1881. In 1882 she became president.
*John Oren Reed, (1856-1916), Ph. D. at Jena (1897), professor of physics, author of several works.
*Henry Wade Rogers, (BA 1874, MA 1877). At Michigan: Professor of Law 1883; Law School Dean 1885–1890. President of Northwestern University 1890–1900.
*Jonathan Rosenbaum (scholar) President of Gratz College
*Robert Rosenzweig, President (emeritus) Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of research universities.
*Joseph Everett Rowe, (BSE EE/Math ’51, MSE ’52, PhD EE ’55) joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1953. He became Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory in 1958, a position he held for ten years until he was named Chair of EECS. Under his leadership, the Electron Physics Laboratory became one of the premier laboratories on campus and was the forerunner of the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory. Dr. Rowe left the University of Michigan in 1974 to become Dean of Engineering and then Provost of Case Western Reserve University. was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and was a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
*John Ruhl, (BS Physics 1987) Professor of Physics at UCSB and Case Western Reserve University. Primary investigator of the ACBAR, Boomerang, South Pole Telescope, and Spider Telescope Projects. Also author of Princeton Problems in Physics
*Alexander Ruthven (Ph.D.); President of the University of Michigan.
*Robert Scott (LAW: SJD 1973), Dean University of Virginia School of Law 1991–2000. Under Scott’s leadership, the school’s capital campaign raised more than $140 million. Scott spearheaded the most ambitious building project in the school’s history, a $30 million renovation of the David A. Harrison III Law Grounds, completed in 1997. The Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Professor of Law and the Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, Scott is a nationally renowned teacher and scholar in the fields of contracts, commercial law and bankruptcy. He has written four books on contracts and commercial transactions, is the author of more than three dozen scholarly articles, and is widely recognized as setting the standard for the economic analysis of the law of contracts. Scott served, in 2000, as president of the American Law Deans Association and has served various times as chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ sections on Contract Law, Law and Economics, and Commercial and Consumer Law. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, and has been a fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 1993.
*Al Siebert (M.A., Ph.D. 1965), Menninger Fellow, Resiliency Center Director, author: The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Bounce Back from Setbacks, awarded the 2006 Independent Publishers Best Self-Help Book.
*Claude Steiner (Ph. D 1965) was born January 6, 1935 in Paris, France. In 1957 he met and became a follower of Eric Berne, psychiatrist and founder of the Transactional Analysis school of psychotherapy. He is founding member and teaching fellow of the International Transactional Analysis Association.
*Leonard Suransky, winner of the Des Lee Visiting Lectureship in Global Awareness at Webster University.
*Amos Tversky, (Ph.D. 1965). Long-time collaborator with Daniel Kahneman (who was the 2002 winner of Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his work in prospect theory) and co-founder of prospect theory in economics.
*Charles M. Vest (COE: MSE 1964, PhD 1967) - President (emeritus) of MIT 1990–2004. Elected, in 2007, to a six-year term as president of the National Academy of Engineering, effective July 1.
*Robert W. Vishny (AB, highest distinction, 1981) is an American economist and the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is one of the prominent representatives of the school of behavioural finance; refer to the citation for Tversky above. His research papers (many of them written jointly with Andrei Shleifer, Rafael LaPorta and Josef Lakonishok) are among the most often cited research works in the field of economic sciences in recent years.
* Robert M. Warner, (MA 1953, Ph.D) Dean Emeritus, University of Michigan’s School of Information (the former School of Library Science) from 1985–92 and a professor emeritus of the School of Information. Appointed the sixth archivist of the United States in July 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, he continued to serve under President Ronald Reagan through April 15, 1985. Among his many career accomplishments, he led the fight in Congress and elsewhere to make NARA an independent agency, which it became April 1, 1985. Dr. Warner said that "being archivist of the United States was the greatest opportunity I ever had or will have." It also gave him a story to tell about a dispute with President Richard M. Nixon. He took in stride as he held fast to his belief that the National Archives was above reproach, former presidents notwithstanding. The face-off with Nixon was one event in a career that, as Dr. Warner related wryly, was "serendipitous, not nicely planned. " The issue with the former president and the National Archives was over control of Nixon's papers and tape recordings, including the infamous Watergate tapes. The fight escalated, with Dr. Warner maintaining the archives had the duty to house the papers and 4,000 hours of tapes. Finally, Dr. Warner was served with a subpoena issued by members of Congress who wanted him to explain himself.
*Albert H. Wheeler (SPH: Ph. D) (1915–April 4, 1994) was a life-sciences professor and politician in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He became the city's first African-American mayor, serving in the office from 1975 to 1978. In 1952, he became an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan, and eventually became the university's first tenured African-American professor.
*B. Joseph White (BUS: PhD 1975) - 16th President of the University of Illinois
*Robert Roy White (COE: BSE ChemE 1938, PhD ChemE 1941) - Former administrator at the National Academy of Sciences. In 1967, he became the first dean of the School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. A 1951 Life Magazine article, "Hope for the Future," profiled Dr. White, noting that he was the youngest full professor in the university's history. The article also mentioned his favorite hobby: playing several games of chess simultaneously while blindfolded. He was director of the University of Michigan Institute for Science and Technology in 1959–60 and a chemical engineering consultant for numerous companies.
*Jerome Wiesner (COE: BS 1937, MS 1938, PhD 1950) - MIT Provost 1968–1971, President of MIT 1971–1980, (deceased)
*Richard Wilson, (ED 1978), president of Illinois Wesleyan University.
*Phyllis Wise, (M.S. 1969, Ph. D 1972), University of Washington provost or Chief Academic officer. Manages $3 billion annual budget.
*Yi-Fang Wu, (Ph. D, 1928), was the first female college president in China, heading Ginling College from 1928 to 1951 before it was combined with the University of Nanking (Nanjing).


"See List of University of Michigan arts alumni".


*Adam Schefter Former Denver Post and Denver Broncos Correspondent (15 years), Current NFL Network Correspondent known for his onscreen professionalism and accurate inside information.
*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
*Jon Chait, (BA 1994) - Senior Editor for The New Republic
*Brian Cook, Writer of the popular Michigan sports blog, mgoblog
*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. During his tenure, Fahey has led an evolution of the National Geographic Society, including its entry into cable television with the National Geographic Channel, which airs in 27 languages and reaches over 285 million homes in 163 countries. Prior to joining National Geographic, Fahey was chairman, president and CEO of Time Life Inc. He was selected as one of Advertising Age's top 100 marketers.
*James Russell Gaines, 1973, former managing editor of "Time Magazine"
*Charles Gibson or Charles Dewolf Gibson (BA 1973). Journalist for Good Morning America
*Arnold Gingrich, 1925, was a founder/publisher of "Esquire".
*Todd Alan Gitlin (MA 1966), Political Science. Professor of journalism and social critic.
*Robin Givhan, (M.A. journalism) won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Givhan is a staff writer for The Washington Post and was honored for writing "…essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism…" . Prior to working for the Post in 1995, Givhan worked for the Detroit Free Press.
*Wendell Goler, Fox News White House correspondent
*Alan Gomez, USA Today print journalist
*Gael Greene, noted food critic.
*Sanjay Gupta, (MED: ), CNN anchor, reporter and senior medical correspondent.
*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.
*Alireza Jafarzadeh, senior Foreign Affairs Analyst for Fox News Television and other major TV networks.
*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.
*Ann Marie Lipinski, Editor, "Chicago Tribune"
*John Madigan (BUS: BBA 1958, MBA 1959) - Chairman and CEO (emeritus), Tribune Company.
*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.
*Davi Napoleon (AB 1966; AM 1968) writes a monthly feature for "Live Design" and has been a columnist for TheaterWeek and InTheater. She has reviewed theater and written general interest features and arts features for numerous magazines and newspapers.
*Daniel Okrent, 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
*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.
*P. Anthony Ridder, (AB 1962), president emeritus of the Knight Ridder newspaper chain
*Evan Rosen, journalist, strategist, author of The Culture of Collaboration
*Rob Siegel, 1993, was the editor-in-chief of "The Onion". Siegel led the editorial staff of 10 to come up with funny headlines and tongue-in-cheek stories mocking American life, society and media.
*Carole Simpson, Former ABC News correspondent.
*Bert Randolph Sugar (LAW: JD) - "…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.
*Jerald F. ter Horst, also known as Jerald Franklin ter Horst. (BA 1947) Served as Gerald Ford's short-term press secretary
*Mike Wallace, 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.) “…one 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). President of ABC News.
*Margaret Bourke White, (MDNG: 1922–1924), was a photographer and journalist
*Roger Wilkens, (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.

Law, government, and public policy

"See List of University of Michigan law and government alumni".Don't forget "Papa" Doc, dictator of Haiti, before Jean Claude his son who was exiled to France and is still there. Papa was a graduate of U of M school of public health, and even got "votes" from sick people whom he got fingerprints from in the hospital during his election, Papa Doc brought penicillin to the island in the 1940's and wowed all the Haitians with his curative powers, he was a "Gro Bocar" or big witchdoctor to the Haitians.

MacArthur Foundation award winners

*James Blinn (BS Physics) and Communications Science, (1970), MS Information and Control Engineering, (1972).
*Caroline Walker Bynum (BA 1962) is an American Medieval scholar and MacArthur Fellow.
* W.A. Christian Jr., (1986), 1971 alumnus. religious studies scholar.
* Philip DeVries, (1988), 1962 alumnus who won as a biologist.
* William H. Durham, (1983), 1973 alumnus, anthropologist.
* Aaron Dworkin, (2005) 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.
* Stephen Goodman, (2005) A.B.D., 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, (2004), alumnus, Executive Director, Project Impact.
* John Henry Holland, (1992), alumnus and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering; professor of psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
* Thylias Moss, (1996) PhD 1975, Fellow and professor of English.
* Cecilia Munoz, (2000), alumna, vice president of the National Council of La Raza.
* Amos Tversky, (1984), (PhD. 1965) alumnus, psychologist.
* Karen K. Uhlenbeck, (1983), alumna 1964, mathematician. Winner of the National Medal of Science.
* George Zweig, (1981), 1959 alumnus, physicist.


*Marjorie Lee Brown, (Ph.D. 1949/1950), arguably the first African-American woman to earn doctorate in math.
*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, the answer to which has eluded researchers since.
*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.
*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 this, 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.
*Tyrone T-Bag Kush this man got a 35 on his ACT. He also has sophomore standing.
*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.
*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.
*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, Kaczynski received a $100 prize recognizing his dissertation, entitled "Boundary Functions," as the school's best in math that year. At Michigan he held a National Science Foundation fellowship, he taught undergraduates for three years, and published two articles related to his dissertation in mathematical journals. He later chose to abandon his promising mathematics career to engage in a mail bombing campaign.
*Donald John Lewis (PhD 1950) better known as D.J. Lewis, is an American mathematician specializing in number theory. Studied under the supervision of Richard Dagobert Brauer, and subsequently was an NSF Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1952–1953), an NSF Senior Fellow (1959–1961), a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (1965, 1969), a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University (1976), and Humboldt Awardee (1980, 1983). 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). He was long active in the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and in 1995 received its Distinguished Public Service Award.
*James Raymond Munkres is a Professor Emeritus of mathematics at MIT and the author of a class textbook, Topology.
*Leonard Jimmie Savage (B.S. 1938). Savage's book The Foundations of Statistics (1954) "…is 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.
*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.
*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. Spitzer's 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 Studies in Princeton and the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Sweden. Among many his many honors, Spitzer was a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
*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.
*Karen Uhlenbeck, (B.S. 1964), professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where she holds the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents' Chair in Mathematics. She is one of the world's foremost researchers on non-linear differential equations and their geometric properties and has made a commitment to young women mathematicians, and has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a National Medal of Science, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was the first woman mathematician elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
*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.


*John Jacob Abel (PHARM: Ph.D. 1883) North American “…father of pharmacology”. Celebrated in absentia, in 2007, at the Experimental Biology meeting of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Part of an effort to mark the 100th anniversary of the society next year by having members determine their "Abel number" - their degrees of removal from having published with the man who discovered epinephrine, first crystallized insulin, and founded the department of pharmacology at Michigan. Abel trained with the German pharmacologist, Oswald Schmeideberg, to whom most pharmacologists seek to trace their lineage. John Jacob Abel was born near Cleveland, Ohio, in 1857. In 1888, he received his M.D. from the University of Strasbourg and then returned to the University of Michigan to accept the professorship in materia medica. In 1893, Abel was recruited to establish the department of pharmacology at the newly founded Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He thus became the first full-time professor of pharmacology in the United States.
*William Henry Beierwaltes, B.S. 1938, (MED: MD 1941). A national champion of the use of radioiodine together with surgery — now the standard of thyroid diagnosis and care. Lead author of first book on nuclear medicine: Clinical Use of Radioisotopes, published in 1957. Credited with the original idea to bind radioactive iodine, I-131, to the hormone-like substance called meta-iodobenzylguanadine (MIBG), as a way of carrying detectable radioactivity directly to cells in the center of the adrenal gland and related tissues. Co-holder of a patent on MIBG. Helped develop radiocholesterol. One of the first physicians to propose the detection of cancers using antibodies attached to radioactive elements.
*David Botstein, (PhD 1967). Formed the insight that the human genome could be mapped. This insight, published in 1980, was a milestone in genetics. It laid the foundation for one of the most important scientific undertakings in recent history: the Human Genome Project. It also established Botstein — now director of Princeton's Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics — as a pioneer in genetics. "He is a towering intellect in the field of molecular genetics," says Princeton President Tilghman, "He's one of a handful of the greatest living geneticists." Botstein, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, has won numerous awards, including the Genetics Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation.
*Leslie J. Browne (Ph.D.) President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Pharmacopeia, a Nasdaq-listed company focused on the discovery and development of novel small molecule therapeutics; appointed to Genelabs Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors in 2007.
*Alexa Canady, (AB 1971), (MED: MD 1975), became the first African-American female neurosurgeon in the country when she was 30. For almost 15 years, she served as chief of neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.
*Benjamin S. Carson, MD 1977, is the director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.
*Chi Van Dang, (BA ) MD and Vice Dean of Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
*Ronald M. Davis, (A.B.), Named President-Elect American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest and most influential physician organization. Dr. Davis served as the first resident physician member on the AMA Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1987. Dr. Davis has chaired the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs and the AMA Specialty and Service Society, a consortium of 100 national medical specialty societies represented in the AMA House of Delegates. Currently, he is the director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.
*Julio Frenk, (SPH: M.P.H. 1981, MA 1982, Ph.D. 1983). Minister of Health for Mexico.
*Alice Hamilton, (MED: M.D. 1893), a specialist in lead poisoning and industrial diseases. Known as the "Mother of Industrial Health." In 1919, she became the first woman on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and also became the first woman ever to receive tenure there. She was recently honored with her picture on the 55-cent postage stamp.
*Jerome P. Horwitz, PhD 1950, synthesized AZT in 1964, a drug now used to treat AIDS.
*James B. Hudak (GFSPP: MPP) Chairman of its Board of Directors of MedAvant Healthcare Solutions (MedAvant) (NASDAQ:PILL) as of 2007, a leader in healthcare technology and transaction services. Hudak joined the MedAvant Board of Directors in June 2006, the same month he retired as Chief Executive Officer of Behavioral Solutions, a $1.2 billion business segment of UnitedHealth Group. He was CEO of UnitedHealth Technologies from 1999 to 2003. Prior to UnitedHealth, Hudak spent 19 years at Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting, where he rose to the position of global managing partner of the healthcare practice.
*Paul de Kruif, 1910–1912, (PhD 1916), is the author of "Microbe Hunters".
*Josiah K. Lilly Jr., 1914 college of pharmacy graduate. Chairman and President of Eli Lilly.
*William James Mayo, (MED: MD 1883), co-founder of the Mayo Clinic.
*Herman Webster Mudgett, a/k/a H.H. Holmes, 19th-century serial killer.
*Richard T. Miyamoto, (MED: MD 1970). Elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005.
*Leonard Andrew Scheele (BA 1931) (July 25, 1907–January 8, 1993) was the United States Surgeon General from 1948 to 1956.
*Eric B. Schoomaker (BS 1970, MED: MD 1975) Major General is a Doctor of Medicine in the United States Army. On 2 March 2007, the Army announced that Schoomaker had been appointed the new commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Schoomaker had been the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command at Fort Detrick.
*Thomas L. Schwenk, (MED: MD 1975). Elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.
*John Clark Sheehan, (MS 1938, PhD 1941), chemist who pioneered the first synthetic penicillin breakthrough in 1957.
*Norman Shumway(MDNG), heart transplantation pioneer, entered the University of Michigan as a pre-law student, but was drafted into the Army in 1943.
*Parvinder Singh (PHARM: Ph.D. 1967), elevated to position of Chairman of Ranbaxy in 1993 until his death in 1999. The market capitalization of the Company went up from about Rs.3.5 Crores to over Rs. 7300 Crores during this period.
*Dr. Homer Stryker, (MED: M.D. 1925), founder of Stryker Corporation
*Dr. William Erastus Upjohn, (MED: M.D. 1875), Inventor of the first pill that dissolved easily in the human body
*Mark W. Wilson, (COE: BS Chem Eng 1996), (MED: MD 1990), is a professor of Interventional Radiology at University of California, San Francisco and owner of several patents.
*Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, (MED: Ph.D. 1982; SPH, MA 1991). Honors: Honorary doctorate of science, Morehouse School of Medicine, 2005; Crain's Detroit Business Heroine of Healthcare Award, 2002. The nation's first state surgeon general, appointed to the new job by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2003.


*Robert C. Atkins, (BA 1951), promoter of the Atkins Diet, a nutrition diet.
*Bill Ayers, member of the radical Weathermen
*Mamah Borthwick (BA 1892), mistress of architect Frank Lloyd Wright who was murdered at his studio, Taliesin.
*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 "…one 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.
*Natalie Ann Griffith, (B.A. 2007), Miss America Contestant 2006
*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.
*Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Ph.D. (mathematics), 1967.
*Jack Kevorkian, (MED: MD (Pathology) 1952)
*Richard A. Loeb of Leopold and Loeb, at that time, the youngest graduate of the university in its history
*Jeff Masters, (BS AOS 1982, MS 1983, PhD 1997) Founding member of The Weather Underground.
*Robert Shiller (B.A. 1967) Economist: Author of "Irrational Exuberance"


*Larry Brilliant(SPH: MPH 1977) (Economic Development and Health Planning). Named to head Google Foundation (holds assets of $1Bn). is the umbrella term for Google's philanthropic efforts, which includes the work of the Google Foundation. A co-founder of The Well, an on-line community, Dr. Brilliant spent a number of years working with the World Health Organization to eradicate smallpox in India and prevent blindness in Africa. In 1979, he founded the Seva Foundation, which has given away more than $100 million. From 1998 to 2000, Brilliant was the 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. In 2006, Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the appointment of Mr. Brown, the current "Chef de Cabinet" (no.2 rank in the United Nations system), to the position of Deputy Secretary-General. Mr. Brown previously served as Chef de Cabinet to the UN Secretary-General, in 2005. He also served as the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the UN's global development network, from July 1999 to August 2005. During that time he was the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Prior to his appointment with UNDP, Mr. Brown served at the World Bank as Vice-President for External Affairs and Vice-President for United Nations Affairs from 1996 to 1999. He joined the World Bank as Director of External Affairs in 1994. A British citizen, Mr. Malloch Brown received a First Class Honours Degree in History from Magdalene College, Cambridge University.
*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) the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts 1998–2001 and the man who has been 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.
*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). In both 2003 and 2004, the Nonprofit Times named Speirn as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in the United States. Speirn serves on the Board of Advisors of Pacific Community Ventures and the Global Philanthropy Forum, and is on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Grantmakers.
*Stacey Davis Stewart (BUS: MBA 1987) - President and CEO of Fannie Mae Foundation
* Jack Vaughn, United States Peace Corps Director.
*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), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy, with a focus on developing country economies.

Rhodes Scholars

*Lawrence C. Hull 1907
*Willard T. Barbour 1908
*James K. Watkins 1911
*Brand Blanshard 1913
*William A. Pearl 1916
*Ralph M. Carson 1918
*Albert C. Jacobs 1921
*Bertrand Bronson 1922
*John P. Dawson 1924
*Edgar H. Ailes 1927
*Allan Seager 1930
*Glen D. Gosling 1931
*S. H. Beer 1932
*George C. Tilley 1932
*Wilfred S. Sellars 1934
*Martin Wagner 1935
*R. V. Roosa 1939
*Robert L. Taylor 1947
*David W. Baad 1957
*Gary R. Noble 1958
*Mark R. Killingswor1967
*Ihor Fedorowycz 1980
*Leah Niederstadt 1994
*Fiona Rose 1998
*Joseph Jewell 2005


*Werner Emmanuel Bachmann (November 13, 1901March 22, 1951) was a U.S. chemist. He is considered a pioneer in steroid synthesis, and carried out the first total synthesis of a steroidal hormone, equilenin.
*Frank Benford (1910), an electrical engineer and physicist known for Benford’s Law, also devised in 1937 an instrument for measuring the refraction index of glass.
*John W. Cahn, (B.A. 1949) - materials scientist, winner of the United States National Medal of Science in 1998
*Kathryn Clark, PhD. 1990. NASA's Chief Scientist for Human Space Flight. Chief Scientist for the International Space Station. President of Docere LLC.
*Bernhard Dawson, (B.S., Ph.D. 1933) U.S.-born Argentinian astronomer after whom the Dawson crater is named.
*Charles Keene Dodge, (A.B. 1870) the amateur botanist who first identified painted trillium in St. Clair County.When Dodge died in 1917, he left his collection of about 40,000 specimens to his alma mater, where they remain part of the Michigan Herbarium. In 1900, Dodge published his masterpiece, ‘’Flora of St. Clair County, Michigan, and the Western Part of Lambton County, Ontario’’. It was Dodge who first called for setting aside a forest preserve at the confluence of Mill Creek and the Black River. That “…sublime landscape…” now sits at the heart of the Port Huron State Game Area.
*William Gould Dow (COE: MSE 1929) - Pioneer in electrical engineering, space research, and nuclear engineering. Past chairman of the EECS Department.
*Douglas Joel Futuyma Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Futuyma is the author of the widely used textbook "Evolutionary Biology" and "Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution", an introduction to the creation-evolution controversy. Futuyma has been president of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and of the American Society of Naturalists. He was the editor of "Evolution" and the "Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics". He was awarded the Sewall Wright Award from the American Society of Naturalists, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Australia. He was made a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States on 25 April 2006.
*Frank Gill, (BS, PhD 1969), One of the top ornithologists in North America. Author of the standard textbook "Ornithology" and editor of the encyclopedic series, "Birds of North America". Past president of the American Ornithologists' Union.
*Moses Gomberg, (PhD 1894), U-M professor of chemistry, discovered organic free radicals in 1900
*David Michael Green, (SPH: M.P.H. (masters in public health) 1982), established Aurolab to manufacture intraocular lenses (IOLs) – plastic implants used to restore sight to patients suffering from cataracts and other eye diseases.
*Edward Israel, astronomer and Arctic explorer
*Isabella Lugoski Karle, (1941, MS 1942, PhD 1944, HSCD 1976), is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She was a member of the Manhattan Project.
*Emil John Konopinski, (1933, MA 1934, PhD 1936), patented a device that made the first hydrogen bomb with Dr. Edward Teller. He was a member of the Manhattan Project.
*Homer Martin (COE: MSE ChE 1936, PhD 1938) - One of the key figures in the development of aviation fuel for the Allies in World War II.
*Harald Herborg Nielsen, physicist who performed pioneering research in molecular infrared spectra.
*Antonia Novello, (MED: 1974), first female US surgeon general
*Donald Othmer (MSC 1925; Ph.D. 1927) cofounded and coedited (1947) the 27-volume Kirk—Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. Was chairman of Polytechnic University Chemical Engineering Department (1937–1961). Called by, Alec Jordan, founding editor of Chemical Week, “a wonderful educator and probably the most widely known chemical engineer in the world.”. He invented the Othmer still, which entrated the acetic acid needed to produce cellulose acetate for motion picture film. Was awarded 40 patents at Kodak. The full extent of the Othmers’ philanthropy became evident upon Mid’s death. In the early 1960s they each invested $25,000 in a partnership with a family friend—legendary Omaha billionaire Warren E. Buffet, chairman of the investment and insurance holding company, Berkshire Hathaway. In 1970 they received shares of this company. The Othmers amassed an estate of $800 million.
*Prof. Felix Pawlowski (COE: MSE 1914), an eyewitness to demonstrations by the Wright brothers and other early pioneers of aviation, and Prof. Herbert Sadler (Cooley's successor as dean) launch the nation's first program in aeronautical engineering.
*Albert Benjamin Prescott (MED: 1864) (1832–1905) was an American chemist, born in Hastings, New York. Dean of the school of pharmacy in 1876, and director of the chemical laboratory in 1884. Professor Prescott served as president of the American Chemical Society in 1886, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1891, and president of the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1900.
*Marie Tharp, (MS Geology) an oceanographic cartographer whose work paved the way for the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift.
*Juris Upatnieks, (MSE EE 1965), with Emmett Leith created the first working hologram in 1962
*John V. Wehausen, (BS 1934, MS 1935, and Ph.D. 1938)"One of the world's leading researchers in hydrodynamics."
*George Zweig (BS 1959) was still a graduate student when he published "the definitive compilation of elementary particles and their properties" in 1963, the work that led up to his theory about the existence of quarks in 1964. He is considered to have developed the theory of quarks independently of Murray Gell-Mann.


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*List of University of Michigan faculty and staff
*List of University of Michigan arts alumni
*List of University of Michigan business alumni
*List of University of Michigan law and government alumni
*List of University of Michigan sporting alumni
*List of Entities Founded by University of Michigan alumni


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