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1 Carl Sagan (A.B. 1954, S.B. 1955, S.M. 1956, Ph.D. 1960) - Noted astronomer. Author of Contact. Pulitzer Prize winner. 9467
2 Tucker Max (A.B. 1998) - Internet celebrity and New York Times bestselling author. 6389
3 Milton Friedman (A.M. 1933) - Economics, 1976. 6019
4 Larry Ellison (X.) - Co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, a major database software company. 5859
5 Roger Ebert (X. 1970) - Film critic and Pulitzer Prize winner. 5466
6 Philip Roth (A.M. 1955) - Pulitzer Prize and National Medal of Arts winner. 5376
7 David Rockefeller (Ph.D. 1940) - Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank (1969–81); former trustee of the University of Chicago. 3080
8 Philip Glass (A.B. 1956) - Academy Award-nominated composer and musician. 2781
9 John B. Watson (Ph.D. 1903) - established behaviorism and pioneered rat-in-maze laboratory research. 2422
10 Eliot Ness (A.B. 1925) - Secret Service agent. 2216
11 Misha Collins (A.B. 1997) - Actor; currently stars in TV series Supernatural. 2191
12 Edwin Hubble (S.B. 1910, Ph.D. 1917) - Astronomer who found the first evidence for the big bang theory. 2095
13 John Paul Stevens (A.B. 1941) - United States Supreme Court Justice (1975–2010). 2046
14 Susan Sontag (A.B. 1951) - MacArthur Fellow. 2000
15 Leon Botstein (A.B. 1967) - President of Bard College (1975–present); Principal Conductor of American Symphony Orchestra. 1995
16 Saul Bellow (X. 1939) - Literature, 1976. 1832
17 Erving Goffman (A.M. 1949, Ph.D. 1953) - Former Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. 1746
18 John Scalzi (B.A. 1991) - Novelist. 1588
19 Mike Nichols (X. 1953) - Film director; winner of a Tony Award and an Academy Award; directed The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Silkwood; co-founder of Second City comedy troupe. 1585
20 David Suzuki (Ph.D. 1961) - Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation. Award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. 1577
21 Anna Chlumsky (A.B. 2002) - Actress; starred in My Girl. 1492
22 Samuel P. Huntington (A.M. 1948) - Albert J. Weatherhead Professor of Government at Harvard University; author of The Clash of Civilizations (1998). 1469
23 Harvey Levin (J.D. 1975) - Former investigator reporter, Managing Editor of TMZ.com. 1379
24 Herbert Simon (A.B. 1936, Ph.D. 1943) - Economics, 1978. 1315
25 Chen Ning Yang (Ph.D. 1948) - Physics, 1957. 1231
26 Paul Samuelson (A.B. 1935) - Institute Professor, MIT. Bank of Sweden Prize in Econonomics in Memory of Alfred Nobel, 1970. 1224
27 Bernie Sanders (Sc.B. 1964) - United States Senator (VT). United States House of Representatives. 1177
28 Thomas Sowell (Ph.D. 1968) - Winner of the National Humanities Medal (2003); Economist and Senior Fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University. 1165
29 Paul Wolfowitz (Ph.D. 1972) - President of the World Bank (2005–2007); United States Deputy Secretary of Defense (2001–2005). 1134
30 Tsung-Dao Lee (Ph.D. 1950) - Physics, 1957. 1122
31 John Ashcroft (J.D. 1967) - Attorney General of the United States (2001–2005). 907
32 Eugene Fama (Ph.D. 1964) - Father of efficient market theory. Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago. 887
33 Richard Rorty (A.B. 1949, A.M. 1952) - Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at Stanford University; MacArthur Fellow. 864
34 Martin Gardner (A.B. 1936) - Author and columnist of "Mathematical Games" in the magazine Scientific American. 864
35 Gary Becker (A.M. 1953, Ph.D. 1955) - Economics, 1992. 806
36 Harry Markowitz (A.B. 1947, A.M. 1950, Ph.D. 1955) - Economics, 1990. 733
37 Marilu Henner (X. 1974) - Actress; starred in TV series, Taxi. 719
38 Allan Bloom (Ph.B. 1949, A.M. 1953, Ph.D. 1955) - Influential author. 693
39 Lynn Margulis (A.B. 1957) - Distinguished professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Contributed to development of Gaia theory. 692
40 David Brooks (A.B. 1983) - Noted political commentator; columnist for the New York Times; senior editor of The Weekly Standard; regular commentator on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. 689
41 Myron Scholes (M.B.A. 1964, Ph.D. 1970) - Economics, 1997. 669
42 Carol Moseley Braun (J.D. 1972) - United States Senate (D-IL) (1992–1998); United States Ambassador (1999–2001). 620
43 Seymour Hersh (A.B. 1958) - Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author, most famous for exposing the My Lai Massacre, which greatly changed public opinion of the Vietnam War; frequent contributor to The New Yorker. 614
44 Nate Silver (A.B. 2000) - Sabermetrician and inventor of PECOTA; writer for Baseball Prospectus; and founder of FiveThirtyEight.com. 555
45 Peter George Peterson (M.B.A. 1951) - United States Secretary of Commerce (1972–1973). 501
46 Ahmed Chalabi (Ph.D. 1969) - Interim Oil Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq. 488
47 Katharine Graham (A.B. 1938) - Head of the Washington Post for over two decades; Pulitzer Prize winner for her memoir Personal History (1998). 488
48 Carter G. Woodson (A.B. 1908, A.M. 1908) - Historian and founder of Negro History Week (1926), which evolved into Black History Month; civil rights activist. 485
49 Studs Terkel (Ph.B. 1932, J.D. 1934) - Oral historian and radio host; Pulitzer Prize winner for the Good War: An Oral History of World War II (1985); National Humanities Medal (1997). 479
50 Rebecca Jarvis (A.B. 2003) - Runner-up on the fourth season of The Apprentice. 474
51 Celeste Holm (X. 1934) - Academy Award-winning actress. 466
52 Robert Gallo (Resident in Medicine 1963-1965) - Identified first retrovirus in humans. [link] 447
53 Ramsey Clark (A.M. 1950, J.D. 1951) - Attorney General of the United States (1967–1969). 445
54 Robert Lucas, Jr. (A.B. 1959, Ph.D. 1964) - Economics, 1995. 439
55 John Meriwether (M.B.A. 1973) - CEO and Principal of JWM Partners; former CEO of Long Term Capital Management. 439
56 Katherine Dunham (Ph.B. 1936) - Dancer and choreographer. National Medal of Arts winner. 435
57 Amy Klobuchar (J.D. 1985) - United States Senate (D-MN) (2007–present). 434
58 George Stigler (S.B. 1942, Ph.D. 1949) - Economics, 1982. 425
59 Elaine May (A.B. 1953) - Writer, actress, and director. 417
60 George E. Smith (Ph.D. 1959) - Physics, 2009. 416
61 James M. Buchanan (Ph.D. 1948) - Economics, 1986. 410
62 Norman Maclean (Ph.D. 1940) - William Rainey Harper Professor of English at the University of Chicago. 401
63 John T. Scopes (X. 1931) - Proponent of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution that led to the Scopes Trial and the inspiration for the play and film Inherit the Wind. 399
64 Donald Johanson (A.M. 1970, Ph.D. 1974) - Paleoanthropologist who discovered "Lucy", a link between primates and humans. 363
65 Frank Wilczek (A.B. 1970) - Physics, 2004. 361
66 Philip Kaufman (A.B. 1958) - Film director, The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. 356
67 Stanley Miller (Ph.D. 1954) - Performed the classic Miller-Urey experiment on the origin of life in collaboration with Harold Urey in 1953. 350
68 Ernest Lawrence (X. 1923) - Physics, 1939. 347
69 John H. Johnson (X. 1942) - First African-American billionaire; founder of Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines. 322
70 Ana Marie Cox (A.B. 1994) - Founding Editor of the Wonkette weblog, correspondent for Air America Media. 321
71 Zalmay Khalilzad (Ph.D. 1979) - United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2007–2009); former United States Ambassador to Afghanistan. 310
72 Sessue Hayakawa (A.B. 1913) - Academy Award-nominated silent film actor; starred in Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat. 306
73 Alex Seropian (S.B. 1991) - Co-founder of Bungie Studios, the company behind Halo. 306
74 Howard S. Becker (Ph.B. 1946, A.M. 1949, Ph.D. 1951) - Former Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. 305
75 Arjun Appadurai (A.M. 1973, Ph.D. 1976) - Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University. 300
76 Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. (X. 1933) - General of the United States Air Force (1954); Assistant Secretary of Transportation under Nixon. 293
77 David Rubenstein (J.D. 1973) - Co-founder of The Carlyle Group 285
78 Edwin Sutherland (Ph.D. 1913) - Former Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. 279
79 Ernest Everett Just (Ph.D. 1916) - Noted zoologist, biologist, physiologist, and research scientist. 271
80 Robert Axelrod (A.B. 1964) - MacArthur Fellow (1990); Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan. 266
81 Kim Ng (A.B. 1990) - Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 259
82 Richard Hamming (B.S. 1947) - 252
83 George Steiner (A.B. 1948) - Prominent literary critic. 251
84 Jack Steinberger (S.B. 1942; Ph.D. 1949) - Physics, 1988. 251
85 Kevin M. Murphy (Ph.D. 1986) - John Bates Clark Medalist (1997); George J. Stigler Professor of Economics, University of Chicago. 251
86 James Q. Wilson (A.M. 1957, Ph.D. 1959) - Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient (2003). 246
87 John W. Rogers, Jr. (Lab 1976) - Chairman and CEO of Ariel Capital Management; University trustee. 238
88 Jack Markell (M.B.A. 1985) - Governor of Delaware (2009–present). 233
89 Irwin Rose (S.B. 1948, Ph.D. 1952) - Chemistry, 2004. 232
90 James Cronin (S.M. 1953, Ph.D. 1955) - Physics, 1980. 222
91 Kurt Elling (X. 1992) - Jazz singer and nine-time Grammy Award nominee. 216
92 Sara Paretsky (A.M. 1969, M.B.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1977) - Author. 215
93 Frank H. Easterbrook (J.D. 1973) - Circuit Judge, United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 215
94 John Thompson (Ph.D. 1959) - World leader in group theory. Fields Medal and National Medal of Science winner. 215
95 Brady Dougan (A.B. 1981, M.B.A., 1982) - CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston; CEO-elect of Credit Suisse Group in Zurich (beginning May 2007); youngest CEO on Wall Street (2004). 213
96 Jason Jones (X. 1997) - Co-founder of Bungie Studios, the company behind Halo. 213
97 Clinton Davisson (S.B. 1909) - Physics, 1937. 212
98 Sherry Lansing (Lab 1962) - Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. 211
99 Jim Talent (J.D. 1981) - United States Senator (R-MO). 208
100 Oswald Veblen (Ph.D. 1903) - 203
101 Ingrid Mattson (Ph.D. 1999) - First female president of Islamic Society of North America; a professor of religion at Hartford Seminary. 202
102 Thomas S. Ricketts (A.B. 1988, M.B.A. 1993) - CEO of Incapital LLC; Director of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation 198
103 Elias M. Stein (Ph.D. 1959) - Fields Medal winner. 197
104 Jason Shaw (A.B. 1995) - Male model and former boyfriend of Paris Hilton. 195
105 Justin Yifu Lin (Ph.D. 1986) - Senior Vice President and first Chief Economist from a developing country for The World Bank (2008–present). 191
106 Douglas H. Ginsburg (J.D. 1973) - Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 185
107 Paul Goodman (Ph.D. 1954) - Social critic. 185
108 Owen Chamberlain (Ph.D. 1949) - Physics, 1959. 181
109 Kimberly Peirce (A.B. 1990) - Film director, Boys Don't Cry (Academy Award for Best Actress, Hilary Swank) and Stop-Loss. 178
110 Tom Campbell (A.B. 1973, A.M. 1973, Ph.D. 1980) - Dean of Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (2002–2008). 176
111 Leon Kass (S.B. 1958, M.D. 1962) - Chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics; Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought; Hertog Fellow in Social Thought at the American Enterprise Institute. 168
112 Abner J. Mikva (J.D. 1951) - Illinois Congressman (1956–1966). United States Congressman (1969–1973, 1975–1979); United States Court of Appeals Judge (1979–94). 166
113 Robert Thompson (A.B. 1981) - Director of Syracuse University's Center for the Study of Popular Television. 162
114 Jay Berwanger (A.B. 1936) - First Heisman Trophy winner. 161
115 David Aaron Kessler (J.D. 1978) - Dean of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine; Former Dean of Yale School of Medicine; Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner. 160
116 Robert Steel (M.B.A. 1984) - CEO of Wachovia Bank (2008–present); former Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs; former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance within the United States Department of the Treasury. 158
117 David Auburn (A.B. 1991) - Playwright; winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Proof. 157
118 Fritz Weaver (A.B. 1951) - Actor. 150
119 Patsy Mink (J.D. 1951) - United States House of Representatives (D-HI) (1965–1977, 1990–2002). 150
120 Andrew Greeley (A.M. 1961, Ph.D. 1962) - Senior Study Director at the National Opinion Research Center; Roman Catholic priest; sociologist; best-selling novelist. 149
121 Maurice Hilleman (Ph.D. 1941) - Microbiologist, specialising in vaccinology. 149
122 Hayden Schlossberg (A.B. 2000) - Writer, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. 145
123 Leo Rosten (Ph.B. 1930, Ph.D. 1937) - Humorist. 141
124 Thomas Frank (A.M. 1989, Ph.D. 1994) - Editor-in-chief of The Baffler; author of The Conquest of Cool (1997) and What's the Matter with Kansas? (2004). 141
125 Henry Steele Commager (Ph.B. 1923, A.M. 1924, Ph.D. 1928) - noted American historian. 136
126 Richard Sennett (A.B. 1964) - Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, Bemis Adjunct Professor of Sociology at MIT, and Professor of Humanities at New York University. 134
127 William Hardy McNeill (A.B. 1938, A.M. 1939) - Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago; author of The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community (1963). 134
128 Robert Floyd (A.B. 1953, S.B. 1958) - Computer scientist. Turing Award winner. 133
129 Isadore Singer (Ph.D. 1955) - Abel Prize winner. 133
130 Sherry Ortner (A.M. 1966, Ph.D. 1970) - MacArthur Fellow (1990); Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles. 131
131 Lien Chan (Ph.D. 1965) – Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) under President Lee Teng-hui (1996–2000). 131
132 Masaaki Shirakawa (A.M. 1977) - Governor, Bank of Japan (2008–present). 123
133 Koh Tsu Koon (Ph.D. 1977) - Third Chief Minister of the State of Penang, Malaysia (1990–2008). 122
134 John Podhoretz (A.B. 1982) - Conservative commentator for the National Review, the New York Post, and The Weekly Standard. 118
135 Sherry Turkle (attended Committee on Social Thought, 1971) - Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 118
136 Sterling North (A.B. 1929) - Author. 114
137 Sanford J. Grossman (A.B. 1973, A.M. 1974, Ph.D. 1975) - John Bates Clark Medalist (1987); economist. 108
138 Bret Stephens (A.B. 1995) - Writer, editorialist, and member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. 107
139 Greg Palast (A.B. 1974, M.B.A. 1976) - Progressive investigative journalist. 104
140 Jessica Abel (A.B. 1991) - Comic book writer and artist. 104
141 Brent Staples (A.M. 1976, Ph.D. 1982) - Editorial writer for The New York Times (1990–present); winner of the Anisfield Wolff Book Award for his memoir Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White (1994). 103

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