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What is your cities most prestigious Univerisity? Also list Business alumni or attendees ex: University of Pennsylvania

Walter Annenberg: billionaire publisher, philanthropist, former U.S Ambassador to the United Kingdom, awarded the Medal of Freedom He was given the rank of Knight Commander (the second-highest rank in the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II.
Gregory Bentley: CEO of Bentley Systems
Nicholas Biddle: President of the Second Bank of the United States
Henry Bloch: Co-founder, H&R Block
Richard Bloch: Co-founder, H&R Block
Len Bosack: Co-founder, Cisco Systems (Internet routers company)
Warren Buffett: CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, investor, second richest man in the world (attended but did not graduate)
Donny Deutsch: Deustch Inc.
Eugene du Pont: the first head of modern day DuPont.
Richard Fisher: Fisher Brothers Construction, New York
Jay S. Fishman: Chairman and CEO of St. Paul Travelers
Joel Greenblatt: hedge fund manager and author
Hussam Hamadeh: Founder,
Charles Heimbold: U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, former CEO of Bristol Myers Squibb Corporation
Jon Huntsman, Sr.:Billionaire, founder of the Huntsman Corporation
Leonard Lauder: Co-founder of Estée Lauder; billionaire investor
Douglas Lenat: Founder of artificial intelligence company Cycorp
Gerald Levin (Penn Law): former CEO AOL Time Warner
Peter Lynch: Investor, vice-chairman of Fidelity Investments
Michael Milken: Trader/financier
William S. Paley: Founder, CBS Corporation
Bruce Pasternack: President and CEO of the Special Olympics International; formerly Senior Vice President of Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc.
Ronald Perelman: Billionaire investor
Michael Tiemann: Co-founder of Cygnus Solutions (a GNU software company), now CTO of Red Hat
Laurence Tisch: Former CEO of CBS
Donald Trump: Billionaire real estate mogul, investor, and financier
Roy Vagelos: Former CEO of Merck Pharmaceuticals
Steve Wynn: Chairman and CEO Wynn Resorts, Limited. Former Chairman and CEO Mirage Resorts, Inc.; responsible for the renaissance of Las Vegas

Also University Criteria (endowemnt, etc..)

Motto Leges sine moribus vanae (Laws without morals are useless.)
Established 1740[2]
Type Private
Endowment $4.44 billion
Staff 4,603
President Amy Gutmann
Undergraduates 11,687
Postgraduates 10,103
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Campus Urban, 269 acres (1.1 km²)
Athletics 33 varsity teams
Nickname Quakers

Then there's Temple University which has campuses in Tokyo, London, Rome and China.


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University of Chicago

UofC notable business alumni:

* Robert V. Adams (M.B.A. 1961) Retired Executive Vice President of Xerox Corporation
* Andrew M. Alper (A.B. 1980, M.B.A., 1981) President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, youngest Goldman Sachs partnet in history.
* John P. Amboian (A.B. 1983, M.B.A., 1984) President of Nuveen Investments
* Basil Lawson Anderson (M.B.A., 1971) Vice Chairman of Staples
* Russel Baker (B.A. 1920, J.D. 1950) Founder of Baker & McKenzie, the largest law firm in the world
* James A. Cour (M.B.A. 1986) President and COO of Aastrom Biosciences, Inc.
* Casey Cowell (A.B. 1975) Co-founder of U.S. Robotics Corporation; Chairman and President of Durandal Inc.; University trustee
* Brady Dougan (A.B. 1981, M.B.A., 1982) chief executive of Credit Suisse First Boston
* Larry Ellison (X. 1966) Founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation
* Mark Ernst (M.B.A. 1986) President, Chairman and CEO of H & R Block
* Joseph J. Fitzsimmons (M.B.A. 1974) Senior Vice President Finance and Treasurer Wal-Mart Stores
* David W. Fox (M.B.A., 1958) Retired Chairman, Board of Governors of the Chicago Stock Exchange. Retired Chairman and CEO Northern Trust Corporation. Melvin R. Goodes*
* Melvin R. Goodes (M.B.A. 1960) Retired Chairman and CEO Warner-Lambert Company
* John H. Johnson (X. 1942) Founder of Johnson Publishing Company; publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines
* Thomas L. Kalaris (M.B.A. 1978) Chief Executive Americas Barclays Capital
* Karen Katen (A.B. 1970, M.B.A. 1974) President of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Group; University trustee
* Dennis Keller (M.B.A. 1968) Chairman and CEO of DeVry Inc.; University trustee
* James M. Kilts (M.B.A. 1974) Chairman, President, and CEO of Gillette Company
* Michael Klingensmith (A.B. 1975, M.B.A. 1976) Executive Vice President of Time Inc.; University trustee
* Sherry Lansing (LAB 1962) Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures
* Joe Mansueto (A.B. 1978, M.B.A., 1980) Chairman and CEO of Morningstar
* John Meriwether (M.B.A. 1973) CEO and Principal of JWM Partners, Former CEO of Long Term Capital Management
* Joseph Neubauer (M.B.A. 1965) Chairman and CEO of ARAMARK Corporation
* John R. Opel (M.B.A.) President of IBM between 1974 and 1983. CEO of IBM from 1981 to 1985. Chairman of IBM between 1983 and 1986
* Peter G. Peterson (M.B.A. 1951) Chairman of merchant banking firm The Blackstone Group; United States Secretary of Commerce (1972-73)
* Philip J. Purcell (M.B.A. 1967) retired chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
* David Rockefeller (Ph.D. 1940) Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank (1969-81); University trustee
* John Rogers (LAB 1976) Chairman and CEO of Ariel Capital Management; University trustee
* Thomas W. Sidlik (M.B.A. 1973) Board of Management Member and Executive Vice President ofDaimlerChrysler AG
* Dean Valentine (A.B. 1976) Former President of Walt Disney Television and UPN
* Roger M. Vasey (M.B.A. 1970) Retired Executive Vice President Merrill Lynch & Company
* B. Kenneth West (M.B.A. 1960) Former Chairman and CEO of Harris Bankcorp
* Clifford R. Wharton, Jr. (Ph.D. 1958) Chairman and chief executive officer of TIAA CREF (1987-93); President of Michigan State University (1970-78); Chancellor of the State University of New York System (1978-87); Deputy Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton (1993)

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University of Toronto

Nobel Laureates

* Frederick Banting - Alumnus and Former Faculty Member, 1923 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
* Bertram Brockhouse – Alumnus, 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics
* Walter Kohn – Alumnus, 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
* John James Richard Macleod – Former Faculty Member, 1923 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
* James Orbinski – Alumnus and Former Faculty Member, 1999 Nobel Peace Prize
* Lester B. Pearson – Alumnus and Former Faculty Member, 1957 Nobel Peace Prize
* John Polanyi – Current Faculty Member, 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
* Arthur Leonard Schawlow – Alumnus, 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics

Academics and scholars

* Robert Birgeneau – Chancellor of University of California at Berkeley
* Bertram Brockhouse – Physicist
* Gerald Bull – Artillery expert assassinated by Mossad
* Peter Carr – Head of Quantitative Financial Research at Bloomberg, Mathematical Finance Director at New York University
* Ronald J. Daniels – Provost of University of Pennsylvania
* Paul Davenport – President of University of Western Ontario
* John Charles Fields – Mathematician, founder of the Fields Medal
* John Kenneth Galbraith – Economist, former U.S Ambassador to India
* James Hillier – Co-inventor of the electron microscope
* Geoffrey Hinton – Computer scientist
* Dr. Arlette Lefebvre – Child psychologist at Sick Kids and founder of Ability Online
* Brian Kernighan – Computer scientist
* Mark Kingwell – Philosopher
* Walter Kohn – Pioneer of quantum chemistry
* John Alexander Douglas McCurdy – First Canadian aviator and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
* David Rosenberg – Merrill Lynch Chief Economist
* Arthur Leonard Schawlow – Developer of laser spectroscopy
* James T. Shotwell, preeminent historian, Professor of the History of International Relations at Columbia University and president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he helped create the United Nations Charter
* Martin Shubik – Mathematical economist at Yale University
* Albert W. Tucker – Renowned mathematician and co-discoverer of the Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions
* Lewis Urry – Inventor of the alkaline battery
* Ravi Vakil – Four-time William Lowell Putnam Scholar, Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University
* Paul Weiler – Professor of Law at Harvard University
* Harold Williams – World-renowned geologist and leading authority on the tectonic evolution of mountain ranges


* Leonard Asper – President and CEO of CanWest Global Communications Corp
* David R. Beatty – International business expert and past Chairman of the Board of UCC
* Noah Blackstein- Lead portfolio manager, Dynamic Power American Growth Fund
* Ben Chiu – Entrepreneur, KillerApp founder
* W. Edmund Clark – CEO of Toronto Dominion Bank
* Tony Comper – CEO of Bank of Montreal
* David Denison – CEO of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
* Frank Dottori – Co-founder and CEO of Tembec
* Kevin Dougherty – President of Sun Life Financial
* Darren Entwistle – CEO of Telus
* Mark Foote – President of Canadian Tire
* Patrick Fung – Chairman and CEO, Wing Hang Bank
* Peter Godsoe – Chairman of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Sobeys, former Chairman of Bank of Nova Scotia
* Peter Hickman – President and CEO, Merrill Lynch HSBC Canada
* Peter Munk – Founder and Chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation
* Richard Nesbitt – CEO of Toronto Stock Exchange
* Sir Henry Pellatt – Canadian financier and builder of Casa Loma
* Robert Prichard – CEO of Torstar
* Gail Regan – Chair of Cara Operations
* Gerrard P Rocchi – President and CEO, Barclays Global Investors Canada
* Edward Rogers – Business tycoon, Rogers Communications
* Michael J. Sabia – CEO of Bell Canada Enterprises
* Jean-Pierre Sabourin – President and CEO, Canada Deposit Insurance Corp.
* Bernard “Barry” Sherman – Business tycoon, major shareholder of Apotex and Barr Pharmaceuticals
* Thomas Sears – CEO of Royal Bank of Canada Insurance
* Rodney Sim – Chair and CEO, Orion Securities
* Jeffrey Skoll – Business tycoon, eBay co-founder

Politics and government

* Rosalie Abella – Supreme Court Justice
* James Albert Manning Aikins – Founder of Canadian Bar Association and Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
* John Black Aird – 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
* Louise Arbour – Supreme Court Justice
* John Douglas Armour – Supreme Court Justice
* William Ian Corneil Binnie – Supreme Court Justice
* Louis Orville Breithaupt – 18th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
* Ed Broadbent – Former Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada
* Herbert Alexander Bruce – 15th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
* Adrienne Clarkson – 26th Governor General of Canada
* Henry Hague Davis – Supreme Court Justice
* Bill Davis – 18th Premier of Ontario
* George Drew – 14th Premier of Ontario and High Commissioner to Britain
* Lyman Poore Duff – Supreme Court Justice
* Albert Clements Killam – Supreme Court Justice
* Bill Graham – Defence Minister of Canada
* Gordon Graydon – Former Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
* Frederick W. A. G. Haultain – First Premier of the North-West Territories
* Sam Hughes – Former Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence during the First World War
* Frank Iacobucci – Supreme Court Justice
* John Idington – Supreme Court Justice
* Henry N. R. Jackman – Former Chairman National Trust Company and 25th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
* Antonio Lamer – Former Chief Justice
* John Henderson Lamont – Supreme Court Justice
* Stephen Lewis – Former Canadian Ambassador to the UN Security Council and UN Representative to Africa
* Louis LeBel – Supreme Court Justice
* William Lyon Mackenzie King – 10th Prime Minister of Canada
* Bora Laskin – Supreme Court Justice and former Chief Justice
* Claire L'Heureux-Dubé – Supreme Court Justice
* Charles Herbert Little – Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War
* John Kenneth Macalister – Canadian SOE operative in the Second World War
* William Ross Macdonald – 21st Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
* John C. Major – Supreme Court Justice
* Paul Joseph James Martin – Former Canadian politician who served as a MP for 33 years
* Paul Martin Jr. – 21st Prime Minister of Canada
* Vincent Massey – Philanthropist and 18th (first Canadian-born) Governor General of Canada
* Pauline Mills McGibbon – 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
* Arthur Meighen – 9th Prime Minister of Canada
* David Miller – Mayor of Toronto
* David Mills – Supreme Court Justice
* Lester B. Pearson – 14th Prime Minister of Canada
* David Peterson – 20th Premier of Ontario
* Frank Pickersgill – Canadian SOE operative in the Second World War
* Yves Pratte – Supreme Court Justice
* Bob Rae – 21st Premier of Ontario
* John Sopinka – Supreme Court Justice
* Wishart Flett Spence – Supreme Court Justice
* Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga – President of Latvia
* Michael Wilson- Canadian ambasaddor to the United States and former finance minister
* James Shaver Woodsworth – Pioneer of the social democratic movement in Canada

Film and television

* David Cronenberg – Filmmaker (The Fly, A History of Violence)
* Mychael Danna – Composer (Hearts in Atlantis, Capote)
* Atom Egoyan – Filmmaker (The Sweet Hereafter, Where the Truth Lies)
* Graeme Ferguson – Filmmaker and co-inventor of IMAX
* Robert Goulet – Actor and singer (The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear)
* Arthur Hiller – Film director (The Man in the Glass Booth, Silver Streak)
* Norman Jewison – Filmmaker (In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, Moonstruck)
* Ted Kotcheff – Film and television director (First Blood, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
* Joe Medjuck – Film producer (Ghostbusters, Kindergarten Cop)
* Lorne Michaels – Producer (Saturday Night Live)
* Paul Shaffer – Musician and actor (The Late Show with David Letterman)
* Frank Shuster – Comedian (Wayne & Shuster)
* Donald Sutherland – Actor (JFK, Fallen)
* Johnny Wayne – Comedian (Wayne & Shuster)
* Graham Yost – Screenwriter (Speed, Mission to Mars)
* Hart Hanson -Scriptwriter and TV producer ("Bones (TV Series)", "Joan of Arcadia", "Judging Amy")

Press and literature

* Barbara Amiel – Journalist
* Margaret Atwood – Author (The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin)
* Christian Bök – Poet
* Morley Callaghan – Novelist and playwright
* Bill Cameron – News anchor and author
* Barbara Frum – One of Canada’s most respected and influential journalists
* Peter Gzowski – Famous broadcaster and reporter, dubbed 'Mr. Canada' by many
* Greg Hollingshead – Author
* Michael Ignatieff – Novelist, scholar, and politician
* Naomi Klein – Journalist and activist
* Archibald Lampman – One of Canada’s finest poets
* Stephen Leacock – Author and economist
* Heather Mallick – Journalist
* John McCrae – Poet (In Flanders Fields)
* Farley Mowat – Author (Lost in the Barrens)
* Rohinton Mistry – Author (Such a Long Journey)
* Peter C. ****** – Award-winning journalist, former editor of Maclean's and the Toronto Star
* Michael Ondaatje – Author (The English Patient)
* John Roberts – Television journalist for CNN
* Jeffrey Simpson – Journalist
* Craig Walker – Author, actor, and theatre director
* Ian Woods – Publisher and political activist

Art and music

* Isabel Bayrakdarian – World-renowned opera singer
* Liona Boyd – Guitarist
* Victor Braun – Opera singer
* Measha Brueggergosman – Critically acclaimed concert artist and singer
* Victor Feldbrill – Conductor and violinist
* Maureen Forrester – Opera singer
* Hagood Hardy – Composer, pianist, and vibraphonist
* Lois Marshall – Opera singer
* Teresa Stratas – Opera singer


* Jeffrey Buttle – Figure skater and 2006 Olympic Bronze Medalist
* Conn Smythe – Architect of the NHL


* Norman Bethune – Physician, humanitarian, and doctor to Mao Zedong
* Roberta Bondar – First neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut
* Elsie MacGill – Aeronautical engineer
* Ryan North – Webcomic author
* James Orbinski – President of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
* Julie Payette – Astronaut

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Southampton has 2 universities; The University of Southampton (my uni) and Southampton Solent University. The University of Southampton is one of the top 10 in the UK and a member of the Russell Group, the Solent Uni one of the worst.

The Solent Uni was formerly known as Southampton Institute, and therefore is referred to as 'The Dimstitute' by most students from the University of Southampton.

Here's the Wikipedia article for the University of Southampton:

and Southampton Solent:

Live and Let Live
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Either Stanford or Berkeley-I'll do Cal since I went there...LOL

University of California at Berkeley

Nobel Laureates

George A. Akerlof (1940- ) 2001, Economics Professor of Economics (1966-1978, 1980- )
Luis Alvarez (1911-1988) 1968, Physics Professor of Physics (1936-88)
Werner Arber (1929- ) 1978, Medicine Researcher (1963), Visiting Professor of Molecular Biology (1970-1971)
Felix Bloch (1905-1983) 1952, Physics Cyclotron researcher (1939)
Sydney Brenner (1927- ) 2002, Medicine Researcher (1953), Founder of the Molecular Sciences Institute in Berkeley (1996)
Melvin Calvin (1911-1997) 1961, Chemistry Professor of Chemistry (1947-1997)
Thomas R. Cech (1947- ) 1989, Chemistry PhD 1975
Owen Chamberlain (1920-2006) 1959, Physics Professor of Physics (1958- )
Steven Chu (1948- ) 1997, Physics) PhD 1976, Berkeley Lab Director (2004- )
Robert F. Curl Jr. (1933- ) 1996, Chemistry PhD 1950
James Watson Cronin (1931-) 1980, Physics Reseacher at Berkeley Bevatron (1958)
Gerard Debreu (1921-2004) 1983, Economics Professor of Economics (1962-2004)
Joseph Erlanger (1895-1965) 1944, Medicine BS 1895
William F. Giauque (1895-1982) 1949, Chemistry BS 1920, PhD 1922, Professor of Chemistry (1922-1982)
Donald A. Glaser (1926- ) 1960, Physics Professor of Physics (1957- )
Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932- ) 1979, Physics Professor of Physics (1960-1966)
David Gross (1941- ) 2004, Physics PhD 1966
Pierre-Gilles de Genne (1932- ) 1991, Physics Postdoctoral 1959
John C. Harsanyi (1920-2000) 1994, Economics Professor of Economics (1964-2000)
Alan J. Heeger (1936- ) 2000, Chemistry PhD 1961
Dudley R. Herschbach (1932- ) 1986, Chemistry Professor of Chemistry (1959-63)
Daniel Kahneman (1934- ) 2002, Economics PhD 1961, Professor of Psychology (1986-1994)
Lawrence R. Klein (1920- ) 1980, Economics BA 1942
Arthur Kornberg (1918- ) 1959, Medicine Research investigator (1951)
Kurt Wüthrich (1938- ) 2002, Chemistry Research investigator (1965)
Willis E. Lamb Jr. (1913- ) 1955, Physics BS 1934, PhD 1938
Robert B. Laughlin (1950- ) 1998, Physics BS 1972
Ernest O. Lawrence (1901-1958) 1939, Physics Professor of Physics (1930-1958), Radiation Lab director (1936-1958)
Tsung-Dao Lee (1926-) 1957, Physics Research Associate and Instructor (1950-51)
Yuan T. Lee (1936- ) 1986, Chemistry PhD 1965, Professor of Chemistry (1974- )
Willard F. Libby (1908-1980) 1960, Chemistry BS 1931, PhD 1933, Lecturer (1933-41)
Daniel McFadden (1937-) 2000, Economics Professor of Economics (1963-1979, 1990- )
Edwin M. McMillan (1907-1991) 1951, Physics Professor of Chemistry (1946-1991)
Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004) 1980, Literature Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature (1961-2004)
Mario J. Molina (1943- ) 1995, Chemistry PhD 1972
Kary B. Mullis (1944- ) 1993, Chemistry PhD 1972
Douglass C. North (1920- ) 1993, Economics BA 1942, PhD 1952
John H. Northrop (1891-1987) 1946, Chemistry Professor of Chemistry (1949-1987)
Stanley B. Prusiner (1942- ) 1997, Medicine Professor of Virology in Residence (1984- )
Glenn T. Seaborg (1912-1999) 1951, Chemistry PhD 1937, Professor of Chemistry (1937-1999)
Thomas Schelling (1921- ) 2005, Economics BA 1944
Amartya Sen (1933- ) 1998, Economics Researcher (1964-1965)
Emilio Segrè (1905-1989) 1959, Physics Radiation Lab 1938-46, Professor of Physics (1946-1989)
Julian Schwinger (1918-1994) 1965, Physics Research fellow (1939-1941)
Herbert A. Simon (1916-2001) 1978, Economics Research Director (1939-1942)
Hamilton O. Smith (1931- ) 1978, Medicine BS 1952
Wendell M. Stanley (1904-1971) 1946, Chemistry Professor of Chemistry (1948-1971)
Jack Steinberger (1921- ) 1988, Physics Researcher (1949-1950)
Otto Stern (1888-1969) 1939, Physics LLD 1930
Henry Taube (1915- ) 1983, Chemistry PhD 1940, Instructor (1940-41)
Charles H. Townes (1915- ) 1964, Physics Professor of Physics (1967- )
Richard E. Taylor (1930- ) 1990, Physics Physicist, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1961-62 )
Harold C. Urey (1893-1981) 1934, Chemistry PhD 1923
Selman Waksman (1918-1973) 1952, Medicine PhD 1918
Steven Weinberg (1933- ) 1979, Physics Researcher (1959-66)
Maurice Wilkins (1916- ) 1962, Medicine Manhattan Project (1941-1945)
Geoffrey Wilkinson (1921-1996) 1973, Chemistry Radiation Lab (1946-1949)
Ahmed H. Zewail (1946- ) 1999, Chemistry Researcher (1974-1976)

Julia Morgan, B.S. 1894 - architect, designed the Hearst Castle for newspaper businessman William Randolph Hearst
Peter Walker, B.S. 1955 - landscape architect, commissions include the World Trade Center Memorial and the Sony Center in Berlin

Robert Baer (attended) - former CIA case officer, author of the memoir See No Evil (2003), which served as the basis of the movie Syriana (2005). George Clooney's Academy Award winning performance is loosely based on Baer.
David Brock, B.A. 1985 - political author (The Real Anita Hill [1993], Blinded by the Right [2002], The Republican Noise Machine [2004])
Beverly Cleary, B.A. 1938 - author
Sara Davidson, 1962 - author
Philip K. Dick (attended) - science fiction author whose stories inspired Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report
Joan Didion, B.A. 1956 - author
Barbara Guest, B.A. 1943 - sole female member of the modernist New York School of poets; awarded the Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Poetry Society of America (1999)
Christopher Kasparek, 1966 - author, translator
Maxine Hong Kingston, B.A. 1962 - author, Senior Lecturer, recipient of 1997 National Humanities Medal awarded by President of the United States Bill Clinton
Jack London (attended 1896-1897) - novelist
Terry McMillan, B.A. 1986 - author (Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back)
Dhan Gopal Mukerji - first successful Indian man of letters in the United States of America
Mary Pipher, B.A. 1969 - author, expert on culture and mental health
Rebecca Solnit, M. Jour. 1984 - author, cultural historian and activist; books include Wanderlust: A History of Walking (2000) and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (2003)
Irving Stone, B.A. 1923 - novelist (The Agony and the Ecstasy)
Robert Penn Warren, M.A. 1927 - author, poet
Mona Simpson, B.A. 1979 - novelist (Anywhere But Here), Guggenheim Fellow, professor at Bard College; biological sister of Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple Computer)

Suzanne Ciani, M.A. 1970 - composer
Henry Cowell (attended 1914) - composer
Adam Duritz (attended) - lead singer of Counting Crows
Susanna Hoffs, B.A. 1980 - lead singer of The Bangles
Andrew Imbrie, M.A. 1947 - composer
Stephan Jenkins, B.A. 1987, lead singer and songwriter of the band Third Eye Blind, was valedictorian of his class at UC Berkeley
Jonathan Kramer, Ph.D. 1969 - composer

Newspapers and magazines
Joan Acocella, B.A. 1966 - dance critic, The New Yorker
Scott Adams, M.B.A. 1986 - creator of Dilbert
John Battelle, B.A. 1987, M.Jour. 1992 - Co-founder of Wired magazine
Pauline Esther Friedman (attended) - a.k.a Abigail Van Buren ("Dear Abby")
Rube Goldberg, 1904 - cartoonist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1948
Marguerite Higgins, 1941 - journalist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1951, honored on a commemorative postal stamp issued by the United States Post Office
Pauline Kael, B.A. 1940 - film critic, The New Yorker
Jean LemMon - editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine
Wendy Lesser, M.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1982 - cultural critic; Founding Editor of The Threepenny Review
Tim McGirk, B.A. 1974 - investigative journalist for Time magazine, war correspondent and Al Qaeda expert,
Stephan Pastis, B.A. 1989 - creator of Pearls Before Swine
Jann Wenner (attended) - Founder of Rolling Stone magazine
Ed Wong, M.Jour./M.A. 1998 - reporter, The New York Times

Non-fictional broadcasting
Robert Bazell, B.A. 1967 - NBC News' Chief Science and Health Correspondent
Liz Claman, B.A. 1985 - anchor of CNBC's Wake Up Call
Troy Roberts, B.A. 1984 - CBS News correspondent
Michael Savage, Ph.D. 1978 - conservative radio talk show host, Savage Nation
Lisa Stark, B.A. 1978 - ABC News correspondent
Michele Tafoya, B.A. 1988 - sports television reporter for ABC Sports and ESPN, covering Monday Night Football and NBA games.

Film and television
Kathy Baker, B.A. 1977 - three-time Emmy Award winning actress (Picket Fences [TV series, 1992-1996)]; The Right Stuff [1983], Edward Scissorhands [1990], The Cider House Rules [1999], Cold Mountain [2003])
Bill Bixby - director, actor (The Incredible Hulk)
John Cheng, 1996 - producer, The Cleaner
John Cho, B.A. 1996 - actor (American Pie [1999], Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle [2004])
Jeff Cohen, B.S. 1996 - former actor (Chunk in The Goonies); currently entertainment lawyer
Roxann Dawson, B.A. 1980 - actress, director, author, playwright
Ralph Edwards, B.A. 1935 - national television star
Carl Franklin, B.A. 1971 - film director (One False Move [1992], Devil in a Blue Dress [1995], High Crimes [2002], Out of Time [2003])
Peter Gethers (attended 1970-72) - screenwriter and author of bestselling Norton the cat trilogy
Amos Gitai, Ph.D. (Architecture) 1986 - Israeli film director (Field Diary [1982], Eden [2001], Free Zone [2005])
Karen Grassle, B.A. 1965 - actress, best known for her role as Caroline Ingalls (the mother) on the Little House on the Prairie television series
William Hung (attended) - rejected singer from American Idol, acted in film My Crazy Mother (2004), cameo on Arrested Development
Oren Jacob, B.S. 1992, M.S. 1995 - Pixar Animation Studios technical director
Stacy Keach, B.A. 1963 - actor
Adam Lamberg (Class of 2006) - actor (Lizzie McGuire Movie)
Sanaa Lathan, B.A. 1992 - actress (Blade [1998], Something New [2006]; Tony Award nomination [2004], Raisin in the Sun)
Quentin Lee, B.A. 1992 - Asian-American film director (Shopping for Fangs [1997], Drift [2001], Ethan Mao [2004])
Jerry Mathers, B.A. 1974 - actor (Leave it to Beaver)
Errol Morris (attended philosophy graduate program) - documentary film director (The Thin Blue Line [1988], Fog of War [2003])
Gregory Peck, B.A. 1939 - actor, won the Academy Award for portrayal of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), nominated for the Oscar four other times; served as president of the Screen Actors Guild
James Schamus, B.A. 1982, M.A. 1987, Ph.D. 2003 - screenwriter and movie producer known for his frequent collaborations with Ang Lee on movies (Eat Drink Man Woman, The Wedding Banquet, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), professor at Columbia University
George Takei, 1959 (later transferred to UCLA) - actor (Star Trek)


Tom Anderson, B.A. 1997 - creator and founding member of (sold to News Corporation for $580 million)
Bengt Baron, B.S. 1985, M.B.A. 1988 - CEO of V&S Group (Stockholm, Sweden)
Stephen D. Bechtel, 1954 (honorary) - Founder of Bechtel Corporation
Nicholas Benjamin, 2005 - Co-founder of TDink Magazine
Joan Blades, B.A. 1977 - Co-founder of After Dark "flying-toaster" screensaver company Berkeley Systems, co-founder of
Richard C. Blum, B.S., M.B.A. 1959 - investment banker (Blum Capital Partners), founder of the American Himalayan Foundation, Regent of the University of California
Weili Dai, B.A. Computer Science 1984 - Co-founder of broadband firm Marvell Technology Group, a billion dollar company in the NASDAQ 100
Charles H. Ferguson, B.A. 1978 - Co-founder and CEO of Vermeer Technologies Incorporated (original creator of Microsoft FrontPage, sold to Microsoft for $133 million)
Donald Fisher, B.S. 1951 - Founder and Chair, The Gap
Jean Paul Getty (transferred to the University of Oxford)
Walter A. Haas, B.S. 1910 - Co-founder of Levi Strauss & Co.
William Randolph Hearst, Jr. (attended) - newspaper publisher
Paul E. Jacobs, B.S. 1984, M.S. 1986, Ph.D 1989 - CEO of Qualcomm
Edgar F. Kaiser, 1930 - Founder of Kaiser Permanente
Pradman Kaul, B.S. 1968, M.S. 1968 - Chairman and CEO of Hughes Network Systems, member of the National Academy of Engineering
Michael C. Kavanaugh, B.S. 1961, M.S. 1974 - Vice-President of the environmental engineering firm of Malcolm Pirnie, member of the National Academy of Engineering
David C. Lee, B.A. 2002 - Founder of TDink Magazine
Howard Lincoln, B.A. 1962, J.D. 1965 - former Chairman of Nintendo of America, Chairman and CEO of the Seattle Mariners
Hong Llang Lu, B.S. 1978 - Founder and CEO of billion-dollar Fortune 1000 company UTStarcom (named by the World Economic Forum to its Technology Pioneers list)
Brian Maxwell, B.A. 1975 - Founder of PowerBar
Teresa Meng, M.S. 1984, Ph.D. 1988 - Founder of Atheros Communications
Michael Olson, B.A. 1991, M.A. 1992 - CEO of Sleepycat Software (acquired in 2006 by Oracle Corporation), one of the original authors of BerkeleyDB
Paul Otellini, M.B.A. 1974 - CEO of Intel (2005-present)
Denny Parker, B.S. 1965, M.S. 1966, Ph.D. 1970 - Senior Vice-President, Brown and Caldwell; member of the National Academy of Engineering
Robert S. Pepper, B.S. 1957, M.S. 1959, Ph.D. 1961 - Founder and CEO of Level One Semiconductor, sold to Intel for $2.2 billion
Ryan Petersen - Co-founder, Faculty Imports
John Riccitiello, B.S. 1981 - managing director and co-founder of Elevation Partners; former president and chief operating officer (October 1997 to April 2004) of Electronic Arts (grew the company from $673 million to $3 billion, increased profits over 900%); former President and Chief Executive Officer, Bakery Division, at Sara Lee; former President and Chief Executive Officer of Wilson Sporting Goods
Arun Sarin, M.S. 1978, M.B.A. 1978 - CEO of London-based Vodafone (2003-present)
John Schaeffer, 1971 - Founder of ecologically-friendly Real Goods solar energy store and the Solar Living Center
John Scharffenberger, 1973 - namesake and co-founder of chocolate company "Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker" (acquired by the Hershey's)
Jim Simons Ph.D. 1972 - mathematician, philanthropist, founder of the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies
George Strompolos - Co-founder, Faculty Imports
Sehat Sutardja, M.S. 1983, Ph.D. 1988 EECS - Co-founder of broadband firm Marvell Technology Group, a billion dollar company in the NASDAQ 100
Pantas Sutardja, B.S. 1983, M.S. 1985, Ph.D. 1988 EECS - Co-founder of Marvell Technology Group
Theodore Van Zelst, B.S. 1944 - Co-founder of Soiltest (testing company for soil, rock, concrete, and asphalt), recipient of the 1988 ASCE's "Chicago Engineer of the Year" award, developed the swing-wing design that allows supersonic aircraft to exceed the sound barrier, developed the first mobile baggage inspection unit, and developed lunar construction and soil testing for humankind's first steps on the moon.
Cher Wang - Chair of VIA Technologies
Ralph Warner (Law, ca. 1966) - pioneer in the legal self-help book industry, founder of Nolo Press
Dean Witter, 1909 - Co-founder and Partner, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Politics and government
See also: Boalt Hall

Heads of state

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, B.A. 1950 - President of Pakistan (1971-1973), Prime Minister of Pakistan (1973-1977)
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ph.D. 1971 - President of Iran (1989-1997)
Sun Ke, B.A. 1916 - Premier of the Republic of China, President of National Chiao Tung University, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Soochow University
Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway, B.A. 1999 - heir to the throne of Norway
Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, M.A. 1966, Ph.D. 1966 - President of Costa Rica (1998-2002)

James H. Budd, 1873 - Governor of California
Jerry Brown, B.A. 1961 - Governor of California, Mayor of Oakland, California
John Morton Eshleman, B.A. 1903, M.A. 1905 - Lieutenant Governor of California (1915-1916)
Walter A. Gordon, B.A. 1918, J.D. 1922 - Governor of the Virgin Islands, judge, member of National Football Foundation Hall of Fame
Jennifer Granholm, B.A. 1984 - Governor of Michigan (2003-present); first female to hold this position in the state of Michigan
James Soong, M.A. 1967 - Governor of Taiwan Province
Marcelo Trivelli, M.B.A. 1980 - Governor (Intendente) of Santiago, Chile
Earl Warren, B.A. 1912, J.D. 1914 - Attorney General of California, 1939-1943; Governor of California, 1943-1953; 14th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1953-1969
Pete Wilson, J.D. 1962 - U.S. Senator, Governor of California

Executive council members
The following served as cabinet-level officials.

W. Michael Blumenthal, B.S. 1951 - United States Secretary of the Treasury (1977-1979)
Michael Boskin, B.A. 1967, Ph.D. 1971 - Chair, Presidential Council of Economic Advisors, professor at Stanford University
Mostafa Chamran, Ph.D. 1963 - former Iranian Minister of Defense
Judith Heumann, M.P.H. 1975 - pioneer for disability rights and former Assistant United States Secretary of Education
Franklin Lane, 1887 - United States Secretary of the Interior
Robert McNamara, B.A. 1937 - President of World Bank (1968-1981), United States Secretary of Defense (1961-1968), Chair of Ford Motor Company
Norman Mineta, B.A. 1953 - Congressman, United States Secretary of Transportation (2001-present), United States Secretary of Commerce (2000-2001)
Rodrigo Rato, M.B.A. 1974 - Spain's former Minister of Economy; Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) (2004-present)
Dean Rusk (studied law, Class of 1940) - United States Secretary of State (1961-1969)
Ann Veneman, M.P.P. 1971 - United States Secretary of Agriculture (2001-2005)


See also: Boalt Hall
Lance Ito, J.D. 1975 - judge, presided over O. J. Simpson trial
Roger J. Traynor, B.A. 1923, Ph.D. 1926, J.D. 1927 - Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court (1964-1970)
Earl Warren, B.A. 1912, J.D. 1914 - 14th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1953-1969) (also listed in Governors section and Attorneys section)

Dick Ackerman, 1964 - California State Senate Republican Leader
Ron Dellums, M.S.W. 1962 - Congressman
Barbara Lee, M.S.W. 1975 - Congresswoman (D-Oakland) 1998-present
Mohammad Javad Larijani - Iranian former Member of Parliament
Robert Matsui, B.A. 1963 - Congressman
Dalip Singh Saund, M.A. 1922, Ph.D. 1924 - first Indian American Congressman (D-California) (1957-1963), mathematician
Todd Spitzer, M.P.P. 1989 - California State Assemblyman
Linda Sanchez, B.A. 1991 - Congresswoman (2002-present)

Horace Albright, 1912 - conservationist, helped establish the National Park Service (with Stephen Mather, Class of 1887), second director of the National Park Service, awarded the Medal of Freedom
Nicolle Devenish, B.A. 1994 - White House Communications Director (2004-Present)
Newton Drury, 1912 - conservationist, fourth Director of the National Park Service
Julie Gerberding, M.P.H. 1990 - Director of the Centers for Disease Control (2002-present)
Stephen Mather, 1887 - conservationist, Founding Director of the National Park Service
John McCone, B.S. 1922 - Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (1961-1965)
Jerry Brown, B.A. 1961 - Mayor of Oakland (listed under Governors section)
Soon Cho, Ph.D. 1967 - Mayor of Seoul, South Korea; former Deputy Prime Minister of South Korea
Shirley Dean, B.A. 1956 - Mayor of Berkeley, California (1998-2002)
Lionel Wilson, 1938 - first African American Mayor of Oakland


John Kenneth Galbraith, M.A. 1932, Ph.D. 1934 - Harvard Professor Emeritus of Economics; Ambassador to India
March Fong Eu, B.S. 1943 - former California Secretary of State, former US Ambassador to Micronesia, mother of Matt Fong, another noted Chinese-American politician
Philip Habib, Ph.D. 1952 - U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East
Sadako Ogata, Ph.D. 1963 - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1991-2001)
James D. Zellerbach, 1913 - United States Ambassador to Italy

See also: Boalt Hall

Zoe Baird, B.A. 1974, J.D. 1977 - attorney, President of Markle Foundation; nominated by President Clinton for United States Attorney General post
Melvin Belli, J.D. 1929 - attorney
Bill Lockyer, B.A. 1965 - California Attorney General (1999-present)
Edwin Meese III, J.D. 1958 - United States Attorney General (1985-1988)
Theodore Olson, J.D. 1965 - United States Solicitor General (2001-2004)
Larry Sonsini, B.A. 1963, J.D. 1966 - Chair of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Silicon Valley law firm)
Michael Tigar, B.A. 1962, J.D. 1966 - prominent litigator whose clients have included the Chicago Seven and Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols; Research Professor of Law at Washington College of Law, American University
Earl Warren, B.A. 1912, J.D. 1914 - Attorney General of California, 1939-1943; 1943-1953 (also listed under Governors section and Justices section)
Richard Aoki, B.A. 1968, M.S.W. 1970 - co-founder Black Panther Party
Joan Blades, B.A. 1977 - political activist, co-founder of (also listed in Science and technology section)
Betty Friedan (attended psychology graduate program) - feminist activist, author of The Feminine Mystique (1963)
David Horowitz, M.A. 1961 - conservative political activist and commentator, founder of the right-wing Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Kasra Khatibi, B.S. 2006, Founder of Iranian Gay Rights Movement
James Robertson, 1923 - National Chair of the Spartacist League
R.J. Rushdoony, B.A. 1938, M.A. 1940 - prominent author of the Christian Right


Rachelle Chong, B.A. 1981 - former Commissioner of the FCC
Adel Esfahani, Ph.D. 1987 - The Highest Recorded IQ - Iran
Jimmy Doolittle, 1922 - aviator, United States Army Lt. General
Maria Echaveste, J.D. 1980 - White House deputy chief of staff (1998-2001)
Ida Louise Jackson, B.A. 1922, M.A. 1923 - education and public-health pioneer
Richard Neustadt, B.A. 1939 - political historian and advisor to several U.S. Presidents
Oliver Smith, 1916 - Major General, United States Marine Corps

Science and technology

See also: Academia, Business, UC Berkeley College of Chemistry, Law

Leroy Chiao, B.S. 1983 - first Chinese-American astronaut
Tamara E. Jernigan, M.S. 1985 - astronaut
Don L. Lind, Ph.D. 1964 - astronaut
Brian T. O'Leary, Ph.D. 1967- astronaut
Margaret Rhea Seddon, B.A. 1970 - astronaut
James van Hoften, B.S. 1966 - astronaut
Rex Walheim, B.S. 1984 - astronaut
Mary Weber, Ph.D. 1988 - astronaut
Computer scientists and engineers
See also: Turing Award laureates

Allan Alcorn, 1971 - Atari employee #3, electronics designer behind Atari's seminal PONG video arcarde unit, and erstwhile boss of Steve Jobs at Atari
Richard Bolt B.A. 1933, M.A. 1937, PhD. 1939 - Professor at MIT and Internet pioneer and businessman, founder of the groundbreaking computer company Bolt, Beranek and ****** (BBN)
Gary Chevsky - Co-founder of, where he served as the chief software architect of its natural language processing search engine
George Crow, B.S. EE 1966 - one of the original computer hardware designers of the Apple Macintosh
Kevin Donelly, B.S. EECS 1985 - Vice-President of Engineering at Rambus
Lee Felsenstein, B.S. EECS 1972 - pioneer in the personal computer industry, founder of Community Memory, designer of the Osborne 1 computer, and influential leading mediator of the Homebrew Computer Club, from which would emerge 23 companies, including Apple Computer
Charles Giancarlo, M.S. EECS 1980 - Chief Development Officer of Cisco Systems [5]
Steve Gibson (attended) [6] - Founder of Gibson Research Corporation and co-host of Security Now!
Andrew Grove, Ph.D. 1963 - 4th employee of Intel, and eventually its President, CEO, and Chairman, and TIME magazine's Man of the Year in 1997
Eugene Jarvis, B.S. EECS 1976 - creator of the classic Defender video arcade game
Lynne Greer Jolitz, B.A. 1989 - co-author, with husband William Jolitz, of 386BSD, which is the ancestor of FreeBSD, which in turn is an ancestor of Apple's Darwin operating system
William Jolitz, B.A. 1997 - co-author, with wife Lynne Greer Jolitz, of 386BSD
Bill Joy, M.S. 1982 - Co-founder of Sun Microsystems
Ozalp Babaoglu, Ph.D. 1981 - principal designer of BSD Unix - currently Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bologna, Italy
E. Floyd Kvamme, B.S. EECS 1959 - Co-founder of National Semiconductor
Barbara Liskov, B.A. 1961 - first woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science (in 1968 at Stanford), creator of CLU, professor at MIT
Peter Merholz, B.A. 1993 - coined the term "blog"
Jay Miner, 1959 - inventor of the Amiga personal computer
Gordon E. Moore, B.S. 1950 - Co-founder of Intel and the originator of Moore's Law
Eric E. Schmidt, M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1982 - CEO of Google (2001-present)
Charles Simonyi, 1972 - computer scientist. At Xerox PARC, he created the first WYSIWYG word processor, Bravo, then joined Microsoft to spread the WYSIWYG and computer mouse gospel. Originally from Hungary, he is the "Hungarian" in Hungarian notation, which he created.
Lucy Suchman, B.A. 1972, M.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1984 - Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University (U.K.); former research anthropologist at Xerox PARC and pioneer of human-computer interaction studies; author of Plans and Situated Actions (1987); awarded 2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science
Andrew Tanenbaum, Ph.D. 1971 - computer scientist and creator of Minix, the precursor to Linux
Steve Wozniak, Class of 1976, graduated B.S. 1986 - Co-founder of Apple Computer, member of the National Academy of Engineering
William Yeager, B.A. 1964 - author of the first multiple-protocol router software, which comprised the core of the first Cisco Systems IOS

Mathematicians and physicists

See also: Nobel laureates

John Bahcall, 1956 - physicist, co-winner of the Fermi award in 2003
George Dantzig, Ph.D. 1946 - Father of linear programming, created the simplex algorithm
Albert Ghiorso, B.S. EE 1937 - co-discoverer of twelve chemical elements such as Americium, Berkelium, and Californium
William Thurston, Ph.D. 1972 - mathematician, winner of the Fields Medal in 1982
Shing-Tung Yau, Ph.D. 1971 - mathematician, winner of the Fields Medal in 1983, winner of the United States National Medal of Science in 1997
Chien-Shiung Wu, Ph.D. 1940 - physicist
Michael J. Carey, B.S. 1983 - technical director at BEA Systems, member of the National Academy of Engineering
T. Y. Lin, M.S. 1933 - Professor of Civil Engineering, bridgebuilder, pioneering researcher and practioner of prestressed concrete, designed Moscone Center, recipient of the National Medal of Science
David N. Kennedy, B.S. 1959, M.S. 1962- director of the California Department of Water Resources in Sacramento, California, elected member of the National Academy of Engineering


Geoff Blum - professional baseball player with the Chicago White Sox
Jackie Jensen - professional baseball player
Jeff Kent - professional baseball player with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Xavier Nady - baseball player for the New York Mets (MLB)
Tyler Walker - professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants


Shareef Abdur-Rahim - National Basketball Association (NBA) player with the Sacramento Kings
Kevin Johnson, B.A. 1997 - professional basketball player
Jason Kidd - professional basketball player with the New Jersey Nets
Lamond Murray - NBA forward currently playing for the New Jersey Nets


J.J. Arrington - National Football League (NFL) running back with the Arizona Cardinals
Nnamdi Asomugha - defensive back for the Oakland Raiders (NFL)
Steve Bartkowski - NFL QB #1 overall NFL draft pick of 1975, NFL Rookie of the Year, 2-time Pro Bowler
David Binn - 1995 National Football League longsnapper with the San Diego Chargers
Kyle Boller - quarterback for Baltimore Ravens (NFL)
Doug Brien - 1994 National Football League kicker
Andre Carter - defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers.
Scott Fujita, B.A. 2001, M.A. 2002 - linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys.
Tarik Glenn, B.A. 1999 - offensive tackle for Indianapolis Colts
Tony Gonzalez - National Football League Tight End with the Kansas City Chiefs
Joe Kapp, 1960 [7] - professional football player
Ryan Longwell - National Football League kicker with the Green Bay Packers
Deltha O'Neal - National Football League cornerback with the Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Newberry - center for the San Francisco 49ers.
Hardy Nickerson,B.A. 1989 - All-Pro NFL linebacker
Aaron Rodgers - quarterback of the Green Bay Packers
Andrew L. Smith - Head Coach of the powerhouse Cal football teams of the 1920s.
Harry Vance "Chuck" Muncie - National Football League - Running back for the New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers.


See also: California_Golden_Bears: Olympics

For a full list, see

Matt Biondi, B.A. 1988 - three-time Olympian, winner of 8 gold medals
Pete Cipollone, 1994 - Coxswain for the gold medal winning rowing team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece
Natalie Coughlin, B.A. 2005 - Olympic swimmer, winner of two gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, three-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year
Joy Fawcett, B.A. 1992 - member of the gold winning United States women's soccer team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta
Michele Granger, B.A. 1993 - softball pitcher and Olympic gold medalist
Mark Henderson (swimmer), 1991 - swimmer, gold medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympics where he broke the world record in the 400 meter medley swimming relay
Mary T. Meagher, B.A. 1987 - Olympic swimmer, winner of three gold medals;'s 100 Greatest Women Athletes (ranked 17th)
Jonny Moseley (currently enrolled) - Gold Medalist in 1998 Winter Olympics
Conie Carpenter Phinney, 1981 - cycling gold medalist in 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California
Staciana Stitts, 2003 - Olympic swimmer, gold medalist in 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia
Helen Wills, 1927 - all time great tennis player; singles winner of eight Wimbledon titles, seven U.S. Open Championships, four French Opens, and two Olympic gold medals


Bill Lester, B.S. 1984 - NASCAR driver, became the sixth African-American to start a NEXTEL Cup race
Leigh Steinberg, B.A. 1970, J.D. 1973 - sports agent

One of a kind

Timothy Leary, Ph.D. 1950 - psychologist and cult figure
Ed Roberts, B.A. 1964, M.A. 1966 - Founder of the Independent Living Movement
Alice Waters, B.A. 1967 - celebrity chef, founder of Chez Panisse, originator of the California cuisine style of gourmet cooking


The classic American film The Graduate (1967) has several scenes of Berkeley, where the main character played by Dustin Hoffman goes to seek his lover's daughter.
Catherine Tramell, played by Sharon Stone, started her killing spree while a student at Berkeley in the film Basic Instinct.
In the film Mona Lisa Smile, Julia Roberts' character is an idealistic Berkeley graduate.
Both Sandy and Kirsten Cohen on The OC graduated from Boalt School of Law at Berkeley.
Dr. Christina Yang, played by Sandra Oh, on ABC's Grey's Anatomy got her Ph.D. from Berkeley.
Press Secretary and later Presidential Chief of Staff C.J. Cregg, played by Allison Janney on the long-running The West Wing, got her master's degree from Berkeley. She mentions this several times to get out of duties she finds demeaning.
Berkeley is the setting for the film Boys and Girls starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Claire Forlani, who both play Berkeley students.
Catch Me If You Can told the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who faked getting his law degree from Berkeley to impress his fiance's father and to get a job as a lawyer. The character was played by Leonardo Di Caprio.
The Hulk, directed by Ang Lee, largely took place at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and private research facilites nearby. Both Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly played researchers.
In the 2005 film Bee Season, Richard Gere plays Saul Nauman, a Religious Studies professor at Berkeley.
Jack Bauer, the lead character played by Kiefer Sutherland in the hit drama 24, got his Masters of Science in "Criminology and Law" at Berkeley (no such degree is offered)[8]
In the hit film Field of Dreams, the lead character Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) is a Berkeley alum.
UC Berkeley is satirized in David Lodge's classic campus novel Changing Places (1975).
In Harry Mulisch's novel The Procedure (1998 [English transl. 2001]), Dutch biologist Victor Werker is a Regent's Lecturer for one semester at Berkeley.
Rei Shimura, the protagonist in Sujata Massey's mystery novels, earned her master's degree in Japanese art history from Berkeley.
In the film Gotcha! (1985), Jonathan (played by Anthony Edwards) falls for Sasha (played by Linda Fiorentino), a beautiful and mysterious Berkeley graduate student in film.
Winona Ryder plays Finn Dodd, a Berkeley graduate student, in the 1995 film How to Make an American Quilt.
In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Kirk explains Spock's erratic behavior on a bus by claiming that the Vulcan was part of the 1960's Free Speech Movement at Berkeley.

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No. It's the University of Hong Kong, which is far better represented by its alumni among today's governing elite. HKU also has been ranked first among Hong Kong schools in the recent Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

HKUST is far too new and needs a few more decades to develop its research and programs before coming close to overtaking HKU.


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WANCH said:
The University of Hong Kong may be more prestigious but the HKUST looks better :D
This is about what is more prestigious. Architecture fans will prefer the mix of styles of HKU far better than the more uniform contemporary designs of HKUST.

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Some pictures of the University of Toronto, Canada's largest university, and founded
as King's College by Royal Charter in 1829.

And rather excitingly, the U of T is at the forefront of excellence in its modern structures as well:

The campus is situated in the heart of downtown Toronto, and provides a lush
oasis from the bustle of daily city life.

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bay_area said:
Either Stanford or Berkeley-I'll do Cal since I went there...LOL

University of California at Berkeley
Yeah, Cal rules! Stanford sucks! ;)

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Manchester Uni

Some distinguished alumni:

Joseph John (J. J.) Thomson - discovered the electron

James Chadwick. - discovered the neutron

Hans Geiger - devised thegeiger counter

William Henry Bragg - of whoms work led to the discoveries of DNA

Sir Arthur Eddington - Founded modern astronomy

Sir John Lennard-Jones - Founder of modern theoretical chemistry

Alan Turing - founder of computer science

Tom Kilburn and Freddie Williams - Invented the first modern electronic computer in the world

Norman Foster - Famous architect

many more, but mainly scientific pioneers.

Plus many world leaders, see here

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In Germany it is the Humboldt University of Berlin

The university is home to 29 Nobel Prize winners.

The university has been home to many of Germany's greatest thinkers of the past two centuries, among them the subjective idealist philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, the theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, the absolute idealist philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, the Romantic legal theorist Savigny, the pessimist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, the objective idealist philosopher Friedrich Schelling, and famous physicists Albert Einstein and Max Planck. Founders of Marxist theory Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels attended the university, as did poet Heinrich Heine, German unifier Otto von Bismarck, Communist Party of Germany founder Karl Liebknecht, African American pan africanist WEB Dubois and European unifier Robert Schuman.

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