Ricardo Ainslie (Ph.D.) a native of Mexico City, Mexico, and a Guggenheim award winner.
Santos Primo Amadeo (B.A.), a.k.a. "Champion of Hábeas Corpus," was an attorney and law professor at the University of Puerto Rico, a Senator in the Puerto Rico legislature, and counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union branch in Puerto Rico, established in 1937. Winner of a Guggenheim award.
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.
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.
Jack Hood Vaughn (BA MA) was the second Director of the United States Peace Corps succeeding Sargent Shriver.
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.” In 2008 The Board of Regents at its Nov 20 meeting approved a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in physics.
Ralph Rose, a six-time Olympic medalist, began the tradition of refusing to dip the United States flag during opening ceremonies.
Jack Hood Vaughn (BA, MA) was the second Director of the United States Peace Corps succeeding Sargent Shriver.
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.
John Cashman – (COE: BSE 1966) – Boeing test pilot who piloted the first flight of the 777.
Robert A. Fuhrman, (BS AE) a pioneering Lockheed engineer who played a central role in the creation of the Polaris and Poseidon missiles. During more than three decades at Lockheed, Fuhrman served as president of three of its companies: Lockheed-Georgia, Lockheed-California and Lockheed Missiles & Space. He became president and chief operating officer of the corporation in 1986 and vice chairman in 1988 before retiring in 1990.
Edgar Nathaniel Gott (COE: 1909) was an early American aviation industry executive. A co-founder and first president of The Boeing Company, Gott was a senior executive of several aircraft companies, including Fokker and Consolidated Aircraft.
A campus plaza was named for McDivitt and White in 1965 to honor their accomplishments on the Gemini IV spacewalk. (At the time of its dedication, the plaza was near the engineering program's facilities, but the College of Engineering has since been moved. The campus plaza honoring them remains.) Two NASA spaceflights have been crewed entirely by University of Michigan degree-holders: Gemini IV by James McDivitt and Edward White in 1965 and Apollo 15 by Alfred Worden, David Scott (honorary degree) and James Irwin in 1971. The Apollo 15 astronauts left a 45-word plaque on the moon establishing its own chapter of the University of Michigan Alumni Association.
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.
Jason Blessing (LS&A, '93 BA) studied business and computer science. Blessing has held a number of executive jobs in the technology industry and currently serves as the CEO of Plex Systems.
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. Motorola purchased Four-Phase in 1981.
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.
Robert Cailliau (COE: MSc Computer, Information and Control Engineering 1971) (born January 26, 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
Tom Conrad, (COE: BSCE) as of 2010, serving as CTO of Pandora Radio
David Kuck (B.S.) was a professor in the Computer Science Department the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1965 to 1993 and is an IEEE award winner.
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.
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.
Kunle Olukotun (Ph.D.) is a pioneer of multi-core processors, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University and director of the Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory at Stanford and an IEEE award winner.
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.
Avi Rubin (Ph.D.) is a leading authority on computer security, and led the research team that successfully cracked the security code of Texas Instruments' RFID chip. He has scrutinized the weaknesses in various wireless computer networks, and holds eight patents for computer security-related inventions.
Karl Sipfle (BS 1981) Personal intelligent laser printer inventor, super-minicomputer designer, Autonomous Car inventor, Political Activist and Candidate, Abrams Tank Laser Weaponry Engineer, Officer of Triple Nine Society, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Wall Street software expert.
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.
John C. Thomas (PhD) active in the formation of ACM's Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction
Irma M. Wyman (COE: BS 1949) (born ~1927) was a systems thinking tutor and was the first female CIO of Honeywell.
Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype (sold to eBay in 2005) 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.
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.
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). Also served as President of the University of Wisconsin (1892–1902).
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.
Ida Louise Altman (A.B.) Author of Emigrants and Society, was born in Washington, D.C.
W. Brian Arthur (MA 1969) Lagrange Prize in Complexity Science 2008; Schumpeter Prize in Economics 1990; Guggenheim Fellow, 1987–88; Fellow of the Econometric Society; IBM Faculty Fellow Dean and Virginia Morrison Professor of Population Studies and Economics, Stanford; Professor of Human Biology, Stanford, 1983–1996 Santa Fe Institute: Member, Science Board 1988–2006; Board of Trustees 1994–2004; Director, Economics Program, 1987–90, and 1994–95
Elise Boulding (Ph.D) educator and author in the field of Peace & Conflict Studies
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.
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. 1942), 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. He served on the faculties of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Cornell University. 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.
Charles Horton Cooley (BA 1887; PhD 1894) (1864–1929) was an American sociologist. Most famous for his concept of the "looking glass self" . It expanded William James's idea of self to include the capacity of reflection on its own behavior.
James Stemble Duesenberry (July 18, 1918 – October 5, 2009 was an American economist. He made a significant contribution to the Keynesian analysis of income and employment with his 1949 doctoral thesis Income, Saving and the Theory of Consumer Behavior.
Antonio Flores was appointed president, in 1996 of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), which represents more than 450 colleges and universities that are committed to Latino/a higher education success.
C. Lee Giles, (M.S.) David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Pennsylvania State University; Fellow of the ACM, IEEE and INNS
Domenico Grasso (Ph.D.) is Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont (UVM).
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.
Harry Burns Hutchins (April 8, 1847 – January 25, 1930) was the fourth president of the University of Michigan (1909–1920). From 1887 to 1894, Hutchins organized and led the law department at Cornell University.
Charlotte Johnson, (JD 1988) vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University, e dean of the College at Dartmouth beginning July 2011.
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
Thomas F. Keller(Ph.D. 1960) Dean of Fuqua School of Business, 1974–96
Mark Kilstofte (D.M.A. 1992) is an American composer, and professor at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina and a Guggenheim award winner.
Stanley Lebergott, (BA; MA) Lebergott, a former government economist and Wesleyan University professor, took issue with those who disdained "consumerism" as wasteful, maintaining that it has always been an expression of human longing rather than mere acquisitiveness.
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 – 1970, when he retired and founded Rensis Likert Associates to consult for numerous corporations.
Martha Minow (LS&A: A.B. 1975), named, in 2009, Dean of Harvard Law School
James Moeser, (Ph.D. 1967) the ninth chancellor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000– . Previously Althaus Distinguished Professor of Organ at University of Kansas, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture and executive director of University Arts Services at Pennsylvania State University, vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of South Carolina, and Chancellor of the University of Nebraska.
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.
Joseph Everett Rowe, (BSE EE/Math ’51, MSE ’52, PhD EE ’55) joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1953. Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory then 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. Become Dean of Engineering and then Provost of Case Western Reserve University.
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
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.
Clarence Stephens (Pd.D.) the teaching techniques that Professor Stephens introduced at Potsdam, and earlier at Morgan State, have been adopted by many mathematics departments across the country. They have been described in publications by the MAA, and recently in a book, Math Education At Its Best: The Potsdam Model, by Datta (Center for Teaching/Learning of Mathematics, 1993).
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. A 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. A
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 – 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.
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, the youngest full professor in the university's history. 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)
Edwin Willits (A.B. 1855) The first Assistant U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under Norman Jay Colman for Grover Cleveland's first administration. Served as President of Michigan Agricultural College.
Damon A Williams – 1st full-time Vice Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer of the University of Wisconsin–Madison leading the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement.
David R Williams, (PhD 1986)a Harvard University professor has been ranked by the journal Black Issues in Higher Education as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008. Since 2006, Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University.
Yi-Fang Wu, (Ph. D, 1928), was the first female college president in China, heading Ginling College from 1928 – 1951 before it was combined with the University of Nanking (Nanjing).
Hobart Young (Ph.D. 1970) is an American game theorist known for his contributions to evolutionary game theory and its application to the study of institutional and technological change, as well as the theory of learning in games.
Detlev Bronk (Ph.D. 1926) was a prominent American scientist, educator, and administrator. He is credited with establishing biophysics as a recognized discipline. Bronk served as President of Johns Hopkins University from 1949 to 1953 and as President of the The Rockefeller University from 1953 to 1968.
Sean T. Buffington — president, University of the Arts, Pennsylvania
Raynard S. Kington (MED) a former deputy director of the National Institutes of Health has been named the 13th president of Grinnell College. Kington earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan at age 21.
In Perception, Kelly Rowan is a main cast member who plays the character Dr. Caroline Newsome/Natalie Vincent a University of Michigan Medical school graduate and a recurring love interest and hallucination of the main character Dr. Daniel Pierce played by Eric McCormack.
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.
Win Elliot, legendary Sports announcer and journalist.
John Fahey, (BUS: MBA 1975) and President and CEO of the National Geographic Society. Previous, he was chairman, president and CEO of Time Life, Inc. He was selected as one of Advertising Age's top 100 marketers.
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, author of The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (Palgrave MacMillan: 2008).
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.
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.
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.”
Adam Schefter Former Denver Post and Denver Broncos Correspondent (15 years), Current ESPN and NFL Network contributor known for his onscreen professionalism and accurate inside information.
William Schmidt (B.A.) was named associate managing editor for resources and planning in 2003 for The New York Times. Previously worked for Newsweek for eight years, the last two as bureau chief in Moscow. In 1987 Schmidt was among seven reporters and two editors at The Times who shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for articles about the causes of the Challenger disaster. In 1971 he shared the George Polk Award for national reporting for coverage of the shootings at Kent State University.
Samuel Spencer Scott became the president of Harcourt, Brace & Company in 1948 and held that position until his retirement in 1954
John Schubeck was an American television reporter and anchor, and one of the few to anchor newscasts on all three network owned-and-operated stations in one major market.
David Shuster is an American television journalist with Current TV and talk radio host. He has also been an anchor for MSNBC and worked for Fox News and CNN
Fanchon Stinger, (BA 1993) Television Anchor WXIN-Fox 59 Indianapolis, Winner of 12 Television Emmy Awards
Bert Randolph Sugar (LAW: JD 1961) – "...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.
Amy Sullivan is a contributing editor for Time magazine, where she covers religion and politics, and writes for the magazine's political blog, Swampland.
Jerald F. ter Horst, also known as Jerald Franklin ter Horst. (BA 1947) Served as Gerald Ford's short-term press secretary
Chuck Townsend, (LS&A: BA) President and CEO of Conde Nast
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 1977). President of ABC News.
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.
Todd Alan Gitlin (MA 1966), Political Science. Professor of journalism and social critic. 1988–1989 fellow.
Steven 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) (MPH 1982), 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.
Denny Moore (B.A.) is an American linguist, and anthropologist.
Nancy A. Moran (Ph.D. 1982) is an American evolutionary biologist, Yale professor, and co-founder of the The Yale Microbial Diversity Institute.
Edward G. Begle (MA 1936) was a mathematician best known for his role as the director of the School Mathematics Study Group (SMSG), the primary group credited for developing what came to be known as The New Math.
Marjorie Lee Brown, (Ph.D. 1949/1950), arguably the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in mathematics.
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.
David Gale (MA 1947) was a distinguished American mathematician and economist.
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.
Meyer Jerison (Ph.D. 1950) (November 28, 1922 – March 13, 1995) was an American mathematician known for his work in functional analysis and rings, and especially for collaborating with Leonard Gillman on one of the standard texts in the field: Rings of Continuous Functions.
Leonard Jimmie Savage (B.S. 1938, Ph.D. 1941). 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.
Joel Shapiro (Ph.D) Joel H. Shapiro is a US mathematician, and one of the leading experts in the field of composition operators.
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.
Edwin Henry Spanier (PhD 1947) was an American mathematician at the University of California at Berkeley, working in algebraic topology.
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. SHis 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 Study in Princeton and the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Sweden.
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.
Clarence F. Stephens (Ph.D.) was the ninth African American to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. He is credited with inspiring students and faculty at SUNY Potsdam to form the most successful United States undergraduate mathematics degree programs in the past century.
Wallace Calvin Abbott(MED: MD 1885) Founder of Abbott Laboratories. One of the first American physicians to adopt a new technique, developed by a Belgian surgeon, Adolphe Burggraeve, to distill alkaloids—the parts of medicinal plants that have therapeutic effect—into a solid form.
John Jacob Abel (PHARM: Ph.D. 1883) North American “...father of pharmacology”. Discovered epinephrine, first crystallized insulin, and founded the department of pharmacology at Michigan In 1893, Abel was recruited to establish the department of pharmacology at the newly founded Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, becoming the first full-time professor of pharmacology in the United States.
William Henry Beierwaltes, B.S. 1938, (MED: MD 1941). Champion of the use of radioiodine together with surgery in thyroid diagnosis and care. Lead author of first book on nuclear medicine: Clinical Use of Radioisotopes, published in 1957.
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.
Cyril H. Haas, 1876–1961 (MED: M.D. 1904), medical missionary to Turkey 1910–1951. Built clinic in Adana, Turkey, and treated over 20,000 patients annually. Silver Medal of Turkish Tuberculosis Association, 1962 (posth.). (Source: Obituary, New York Times, Jan 12, 1961).
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. Winner of the Lasker award.
Jerome P. Horwitz, PhD 1950, synthesized AZT in 1964, a drug now used to treat AIDS.
Paul de Kruif, 1910–1912, (PhD 1916), is the author of Microbe Hunters.
Joel Lamstein (B.S. 1965) is the co-founder and president of John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., international public health research and consulting firms.
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), 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. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, (MED: Ph.D. 1982; SPH, MA 1991). Honors: Honorary doctorate of science, Morehouse School of Medicine, 2005; The nation's first state surgeon general, appointed to the new job by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2003.
Geoffrey Fieger (BA, MA) is an American attorney based in Southfield, Michigan
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.
Robert Groves (PhD 1975), in 2009, Presidential nominee to head taking of national census. Nomination stalled by Republican opposition to use of "sampling" methodology, which Groves has already stated would not be used.
Alireza Jafarzadeh, the well-known whistle-blower of Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program when he exposed in August 2002 the nuclear sites in Natanz and Arak, and triggered the inspection of the Iranian nuclear sites by the UN for the first time; author of The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (Palgrave MacMillan: 2008)
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.
Jane Scott (May 3, 1919 – July 4, 2011) was an influential rock critic for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. During her career she covered every major rock concert in Cleveland and was on a first name basis with many stars. Until her retirement from the newspaper in April 2002 she was known as "The World’s Oldest Rock Critic." She was also influential in bringing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland.
Michael Sekora (B.S. 1977), founder and director of Project Socrates, the intelligence community's classified program that was tasked with using all source intelligence to determine the underlying cause of America's economic decline and then utilize this understanding to develop the required solutions.
Jerome Singleton (COE: IEOR) (born July 7, 1986) is a Paralympicathlete from the United States competing mainly in category T44 (single below knee amputation) sprint events.
François Duvalier, (Public Health, 1944–45) repressive dictator, excommunication from the Catholic Church, estimates of those killed by Duvalier's regime are as high as 30,000.
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, his dissertation, entitled "Boundary Functions," recognized as the school's best in math that year. At Michigan he held a National Science Foundation fellowship, and published two articles related to his dissertation in mathematical journals. He later abandoned his promising mathematics career to engage in a mail bombing campaign.
Jack Kevorkian, (MED: MD (Pathology) 1952), guilty of second-degree homicide after committing euthanasia by administering a lethal injection to Thomas Youk, Kevorkian spent eight years in prison. You Don’t Know Jack,” HBO’s biopic on Kevorkian starred Al Pacino. It later picked up 16 Emmy nominations in 15 categories, including outstanding made-for-TV movie. Pacino won an Emmy for his portrayal, as well as a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Nathan F. Leopold, (Transfer) Jr. homosexual thrill killer of Leopold and Loeb, transferred from Michigan in 1922 to the University of Chicago, before killing 14-year-old murdering Robert "Bobby" Franks.
Richard A. Loeb, (B.A. 1923) thrill killer of Leopold and Loeb, was the youngest graduate in the University of Michigan's history, murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks.
Herman Webster Mudgett, (MED: MD 1884) a/k/a H.H. Holmes, 19th-century serial killer, one of the first documented American serial killers, confessed to 27 murders, of which nine were confirmed, his actual body count could be as high as 250. He took an unknown number of his victims from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which was less than 2 miles (3.2 km) away from his "World's Fair" hotel. Holmes's story was novelized by Erik Larson in his 2003 non-fiction book The Devil in the White City.
Larry Brilliant(SPH: MPH 1977) (Economic Development and Health Planning). Head of Google Foundation (holds assets of $1Bn). A co-founder of The Well, In 1979, he founded the Seva Foundation, which has given away more than $100 million. 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.
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 1966) the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts 1998–2001, 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.
Rajiv Shah (AB), former director of agricultural development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, nominated in 2009 as chief scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture and under secretary of agriculture for research, education and economics. Currently the Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development.
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.
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).
Amy Harmon, Harmon won the 2008 prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series titled "The DNA Age
Stephen Henderson (1992) and former editorial page editor for The Michigan Daily, won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary writing in 2014. As the Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press, Henderson received his honor for his reports on the bankruptcy situation surrounding the city of Detroit.
Charlie LeDuff (B.A.) LeDuff was one of several reporters who worked on the New York Times series, "How Race is Lived in America." The series was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in April 2001.
David Levering Lewis (MDNG) is an American historian and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
Lisa Pollak holds a bachelor's degree in American Culture from the University of Michigan. In 1995, she received the Ernie Pyle award for human interest writing. She is a 1997 Pulitzer winner for feature writing.
Roger Reynolds (COE: BSE) Composer. His 25-minute-long piece for string orchestra, Whispers out of Time, won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for music.
Eugene Robinson, Michigan Daily Co-Editor-in-Chief in 1973–74, who was awarded a Pulitzer in April 2009 for his Washington Post commentaries on the 2008 presidential campaign;
William Schmidt (B.A.) former deputy managing editor and foreign correspondent from The New York Times; shared Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for team coverage of the Challenger shuttle explosion, 1987
Craig Halberstadt invented the incubator to speed up skin cell growth in biology.
Martin Harwit (MS) He studied under Fred Hoyle, designed the first liquid-helium-cooled rockets for boosting telescopes into the atmosphere, and investigated airborne infrared astronomy and infrared spectroscopy for NASA. Bruce Medal 2007;National Air and Space Museum Director (1987–95).
Armin O. Leuschner(BS Math 1888)Astronomer at Berkeley, became the first graduate student at Lick Observatory. He devised a simplification of differential corrections, improved the methodology for determining the courses of planetoids and comets, and oversaw a survey of all the known minor planets. He founded the Astronomy Department at Berkeley, and for forty years served as director of the student observatory there, which was renamed in his honor days after his death. James Craig Watson Medal 1916; Bruce Medal 1936; American Astronomical Society ; Asteroid Namesake 1361 Leuschneria
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.
Homer A. Neal (PhD 1966) Director of the ATLAS Project; Member of the Board of Ford Motors (1997–); Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
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). 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.
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.
Indroyono Soesilo (MS 1981) Director of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Use and Conservation Division (FIR) from 2012–present, Secretary to the Coordinating Ministry of People's Welfare of the Republic of Indonesia (2008–2012)
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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