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1 In CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sara Sidle received her master's degree from UC Berkeley 22736
2 Edmund G. Jerry Brown Jr., B.A. 1961 - Governor of California, Mayor of Oakland, California 13473
3 In Full House, D.J. Tanner accepts an admissions offer from Berkeley 10931
4 Winona Ryder plays Finn Dodd, a Berkeley graduate student, in the 1995 film How to Make an American Quilt 10579
5 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 7736
6 Steve Wozniak, Class of 1976, graduated B.S. 1986 - Co-founder of NASDAQ-100 computer software and hardware manufacturer Apple Inc, member of the National Academy of Engineering 7548
7 Michael Savage, Ph.D. 1978 - conservative radio talk show host, Savage Nation 4823
8 Shantanu Narayen, M.B.A. 1993- President and CEO of software company Adobe Systems Inc. 4491
9 Philip K. Dick (attended) - science fiction author whose stories were made into the movies Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck, Screamers and A Scanner Darkly 4433
10 Jack London (attended 1896-1897) - novelist 4326
11 Timothy Leary, Ph.D. 1950 - psychologist and counterculture figure 4233
12 Chris Pine, B.A. 2002 - actor (Star Trek, The Princess Diaries 2, Smokin' Aces) 4126
13 Marshawn Lynch - NFL RB Buffalo Bills #12 overall in 2007 Draft 4101
14 In The Graduate Elaine Robinson was a student at Berkeley 4007
15 Tom Anderson, B.A. 1998 - co-founder of social networking website MySpace (acquired by News Corporation for $580 million) 3885
16 George Takei, 1959 (attended, later transferred to UCLA) - actor (Star Trek) 3570
17 Eric E. Schmidt, M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1982 - CEO of Google (2001–present) 3563
18 Rube Goldberg, 1904 - cartoonist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 3549
19 Michio Kaku, Ph.D. 1972 - theoretical physicist, co-creator of string field theory 3172
20 Les Claypool - bassist and singer of Primus 3105
21 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) 3020
22 Sanaa Lathan, B.A. 1992 - actress (Blade [link], Something New [link]; Tony Award nomination [link], Raisin in the Sun) 2814
23 In Family Ties, Steve Keaton and Elyse Keaton were students at Berkeley after returning from Africa in the 1960s. It is assumed that Elyse got her degree in architecture there. Mallory Keaton was born in Berkeley while Steve was supposed to be taking a political science exam 2768
24 Jason Kidd (attended) - professional basketball player with the Dallas Mavericks 2698
25 John Cho, B.A. 1996 - actor (American Pie [link], Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle [link]) 2597
26 Aaron Rodgers - quarterback of the Green Bay Packers 2537
27 Terence McKenna, B.Sc. 1969 - famous modern philosopher, author of the novelty theory and "stoned ape" hypothesis 2506
28 Robert McNamara, B.A. 1937 - President of World Bank (1968–1981), United States Secretary of Defense (1961–1968), President of Ford Motor Company (1960) 2337
29 Shareef Abdur-Rahim - retired professional (NBA) basketball player 2124
30 Terry McMillan, B.A. 1986 - author of Waiting to Exhale [link] (later made into a film of the same name starring Whitney Houston) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back [link] (later made into a film of the same name starring Angela Bassett) 1911
31 Susanna Hoffs, B.A. 1980 - lead singer of The Bangles 1897
32 DeSean Jackson - NFL wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles 1786
33 Nnamdi Asomugha, B.A. 2003 - NFL All-Pro Cornerback for the Oakland Raiders 1763
34 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 1684
35 Steven Chu, Ph.D. 1976 - Nobel laureate (1997, Physics), for the "development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light"; Secretary of Energy in the Obama administration 1650
36 Mario Savio (attended) - political activist, key member of Berkeley Free Speech Movement 1633
37 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, B.A. 1950 - President of Pakistan (1971–1973), Prime Minister of Pakistan (1973–1977), father of Benazir Bhutto 1628
38 Davey Havok (attended) - lead singer of AFI 1605
39 Bill Bixby (attended) - director, actor (The Incredible Hulk) 1594
40 Adam Duritz (attended) - lead singer of Counting Crows 1491
41 Betty Friedan (attended psychology graduate program) - feminist activist, author of The Feminine Mystique (1963) 1476
42 Charles H. Ferguson, B.A. 1978 - director of documentary film on the American occupation in Iraq No End in Sight (2007), former fellow at the Brookings Institution, lifelong member of the Council on Foreign Relations, co-founder of Vermeer Technologies Incorporated (acquired by Microsoft for $133 million), founder and president of Representational Pictures 1388
43 Stacy Keach, B.A. 1963 - actor, narrator of documentaries from National Geographic and Nova 1359
44 Roxann Dawson, B.A. 1980 - actress (B'Elanna Torres on the television series Star Trek: Voyager), director, author, playwright 1342
45 Pete Wilson, J.D. 1962 - U.S. Senator, Governor of California 1294
46 Kevin Johnson, B.A. 1997 - Current Mayor of Sacramento, retired professional NBA basketball player. 1291
47 Adam Lamberg (Class of 2006) - actor (Lizzie McGuire) 1252
48 Stewart Copeland, drummer of The Police 1218
49 Morgan Webb, B.A. 2000 - Co-host of X-Play on G4 (TV channel) 1216
50 William Hung (attended) - Contestant on American Idol 1215
51 John Kenneth Galbraith, M.A. 1932, Ph.D. 1934 - Harvard Professor Emeritus of Economics; United States Ambassador to India 1163
52 Scott Adams, M.B.A. 1986 - creator of Dilbert 1009
53 Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D. 1961 - Nobel laureate (2002, Economics), "for having integrated insights from psychological research into economic science, especially concerning human judgment and decision-making under uncertainty" 1005
54 Mary Pipher, B.A. 1969 - author, expert on culture and mental health; author of Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, which was a best seller for over three years; author of the New York Times best seller The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families to Enrich Our Lives 979
55 Beverly Cleary, B.A. 1938 - author of books for children and young adults 969
56 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 963
57 Francisco I. Madero (attended 1892-1893) - President of Mexico (1911–1913) 962
58 Jimmy Doolittle, 1922 - aviator, United States Army Lt. General 959
59 Marissa Cooper and Ryan Atwood from The OC were supposed to attend UC Berkeley before the infamous fatal car crash that killed her. Kevin Volchok is the character that ran Ryan's car off the cliff and killed Marissa. 936
60 Gordon Moore, B.S. 1950 - co-founder of NASDAQ-100 company Intel, originator of Moore's Law 912
61 Kary Mullis, Ph.D. 1973 - Nobel laureate (1993, Chemistry), "for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method" 893
62 Joan Didion, B.A. 1956 - writer, author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968), The White Album (1979), and The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) 891
63 Errol Morris (attended philosophy graduate program 1973-1975) - documentary film director (The Thin Blue Line [link], Fog of War [link]) 863
64 Glenn T. Seaborg, Ph.D. 1937 - Nobel laureate (1951, Chemistry), University Professor of Chemistry, Associate Director, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Chancellor, Berkeley campus (1958–1961), for "discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements" 862
65 Jerry Mathers, B.A. 1974 - actor (Leave it to Beaver) 861
66 Thomas Kinkade, B.A. - American painter 848
67 Stephan Jenkins, B.A. 1987 - lead singer and songwriter of the band Third Eye Blind 842
68 Kathy Baker, B.A. 1977 - three-time Emmy Award winning actress (Picket Fences [link]; The Right Stuff [link], Edward Scissorhands [link], The Cider House Rules [link], Cold Mountain [link]) 832
69 Jim Simons, Ph.D. 1972 - founder of $20 billion hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, mathematician, philanthropist 827
70 Jennifer Granholm, B.A. 1984, J.D. - Governor of Michigan (2003–present), first female to hold this position in the state of Michigan 823
71 Louis Sachar, B.A. 1976 - author, Holes (1998), Sideways Stories From Wayside School series 804
72 Mona Simpson, B.A. 1979 - novelist (Anywhere But Here, later made into a film of the same name starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman), Guggenheim Fellow, professor at Bard College; biological sister of Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple Computer) 775
73 Andrew Grove, Ph.D. 1963 - 4th employee of semiconductor company Intel, and eventually its President, CEO, and Chairman, and TIME magazine's Man of the Year in 1997 732
74 Ken Thompson, B.S. EE 1965, M.S. EE 1966 - Co-creator of the Unix operating system and co-recipient of the 1983 Turing Award for the "development of generic operating systems theory and specifically for the implementation of the UNIX operating system." 724
75 Bill Joy, M.S. 1982 - co-founder of computer software and hardware manufacturer Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle Corporation for $7.4 billion ) 709
76 Jann Wenner (attended) - Founder of Rolling Stone magazine 699
77 Terry Riley, M.A. 1961 - composer 691
78 Shing-Tung Yau, Ph.D. 1971 - mathematician, winner of the Fields Medal in 1982, winner of the United States National Medal of Science in 1997 679
79 Andrew Tanenbaum, Ph.D. 1971 - computer scientist and creator of Minix, the precursor to Linux 678
80 Charles Simonyi, B.S. 1972 - fifth space tourist; also listed in section Business Founders and co-founders 674
81 Kyle Boller - quarterback for St. Louis Rams 668
82 Greg Gutfeld, B.A. 1987 - blogger and host of the late night talk show, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld on the Fox News Channel. 657
83 Alice Waters, B.A. 1967 - celebrity chef, founder of Chez Panisse, originator of the California cuisine; member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 656
84 Edith Head, B.A. in French 1918 - costume designer, winner of eight Academy Awards </ref> and nominated for 34 Academy Awards 654
85 Natalie Coughlin, B.A. 2005 - Olympic swimmer (winner of five medals, including two gold medals, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece; at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, she became the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history "The six medals she won are the most by an American woman in any sport, breaking the record she tied four years ago. Her career total matches the third-most by any U.S. athlete." </ref> to win six medals in one Olympics); three-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year. 621
86 Phil Lesh, (attended) - bass guitarist of the band Grateful Dead 612
87 Robert Penn Warren, M.A. 1927 - novelist and poet, who received the Pulitzer Prize three times; </ref> author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King's Men (1946), later made into a movie of the same name which won three Academy Awards . 591
88 Cynthia McKinney, Ph.D. candidate - Congresswoman (D-Georgia) (1997–2007) 590
89 Donald Fisher, B.S. 1951 - founder of The Gap and the largest apparel retailer in the United States 586
90 Pauline Kael, B.A. 1940 - film critic, The New Yorker 581
91 Yuan T. Lee, Ph.D. 1962 - Nobel laureate (1986, Chemistry), for "contributions concerning the dynamics of chemical elementary processes"; Professor of Chemistry; Principal Investigator, Materials and Molecular Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory; 562
92 Justin Forsett - NFL running back for the Seattle Seahawks 543
93 Shirin Neshat, B.A. 1979, M.F.A. 1982 - Iranian-American filmmaker, video artist, and photographer; 1999 Venice Biennale First Prize Winner 536
94 Carol W. Greider, Ph.D. 1987 - Nobel laureate (2009, Medicine) "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase"; Daniel Nathans Professor and the Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University 530
95 Thomas Schelling, B.A. 1944 - Nobel laureate (2005, Economics), "for having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis" 528
96 Herman Edwards - former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs 509
97 John Fahey (attended, later transferred to UCLA) - guitarist, founder of Takoma Records 509
98 Niklaus Wirth, Ph.D. 1967 - computer scientist, creator of the Pascal programming language, recipient of the 1984 Turing Award "for developing a sequence of innovative computer languages, EULER, ALGOL-W, MODULA and Pascal." 477
99 Julia Morgan, B.S. 1894 - architect, designed the Hearst Castle for newspaper businessman William Randolph Hearst 469
100 Hans Reiser, B.A. 1992 - Creator of the ReiserFS and Reiser4 computer filesystems 465
101 Liz Claman, B.A. 1985 - CNBC Morning Call co-anchor 461
102 Bill Lockyer, B.A. 1965 - California Attorney General (1999–2006) 458
103 George Dantzig, Ph.D. 1946 - Father of linear programming, created the simplex algorithm 453
104 Jade Puget, B.A. 1996 - guitarist of AFI 439
105 Malvina Reynolds, Ph.D. 1938 (also B.A., M.A.) - folk/blues singer-songwriter 435
106 Henry Cowell (attended 1914) - composer 422
107 Dean Rusk (studied law, Class of 1940) - United States Secretary of State (1961–1969) 420
108 Golden Brooks, B.A. 1994 - film and television actress; appeared on UPN sitcom, Girlfriends; studied literature and sociology with an emphasis on media representation of minorities at UC Berkeley 419
109 Otto Stern, L.L.D 1930 - Nobel laureate (1943, Nobel Prize in Physics), "for his contribution to the development of the molecular ray method and his discovery of the magnetic moment of the proton" 411
110 Douglass North, B.A. 1942, Ph.D. 1952- Nobel laureate (1993, Economics), "for having renewed research in economic history by applying economic theory and quantitative methods in order to explain economic and institutional change" 407
111 David Gross, Ph.D. 1966 - Nobel laureate (2004, Physics), "for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction" 404
112 Matt Biondi, B.A. 1988 - three-time Olympian, winner of 8 gold medals 400
113 Chien-Shiung Wu, Ph.D. 1940 - physicist 391
114 Jeff Kent - professional baseball player with the Los Angeles Dodgers 2000 NL MVP (SF Giants) 387
115 Harold Urey, Ph.D. 1923 - Nobel laureate (1934, Chemistry), "for his discovery of heavy hydrogen" 386
116 John C. Mather, Ph.D. 1974 - Nobel laureate (2006, Physics), for the "discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation" 385
117 Norman Mineta, B.S. 1953 - Congressman (D-California) (1975–1995), United States Secretary of Transportation (2001–2006), United States Secretary of Commerce (2000–2001) 378
118 Zuzana Licko, B.A. 1984 - co-founder of Emigre magazine and type foundry 376
119 Madelyn Dunham, grandmother of Barack Obama (did not graduate) 374
120 Theodore Olson, J.D. 1965 - United States Solicitor General (2001–2004) 367
121 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 365
122 Joe Kapp, B.A. 1960 - QB in the CFL and for the Minnesota Vikings 364
123 Maxine Hong Kingston, B.A. 1962 - author, Senior Lecturer, recipient of 1997 National Humanities Medal awarded by President of the United States Bill Clinton 358
124 William T. Vollmann, (attended) - novelist 358
125 Andrew Fire, B.A. 1978 - Nobel laureate (2006, Physiology or Medicine), for the "discovery of RNA interference - gene silencing by double-stranded RNA" 357
126 Susan Berman, M.B.A. 1969 - author (Easy Street, Lady Las Vegas), newspaper reporter, magazine writer (New York) 354
127 Paul Otellini, M.B.A. 1974 - CEO of semiconductor company Intel (2005–present) 344


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