Notable Berkeleyans

Notable Berkeleyans

Over the 100 plus years of its history Berkeley has had its share of famous people. We offer here a brief look at some of them.

Nobel Prize Winners

For starters, 19 professors at UC Berkeley have been awarded a Nobel Prize.

Current Faculty Nobel Laureates

  • 2006 - George F. Smoot (Physics)
  • 2001 - George A. Akerlof (Economics)
  • 2000 - Daniel L. McFadden (Economics)
  • 1997 - Steven Chu (Physics)
  • 1986 - Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry)
  • 1964 - Charles H. Townes (Physics)
  • 1960 - Donald A. Glaser (Physics)
  • 1959 - Owen Chamberlain (Physics)

Faculty Nobel Laureates - deceased or no longer at UC Berkeley

  • 1994 - John C. Harsanyi (Economics)
  • 1983 - Gerard Debreu (Economics)
  • 1980 - Czeslaw Milosz (Literature)
  • 1968 - Luis Alvarez (Physics)
  • 1961 - Melvin Calvin (Chemistry)
  • 1959 - Emilio G. Segre (Physics)
  • 1951 - Edwin M. McMillan (Chemistry)
  • 1951 - Glenn T. Seaborg (Chemistry)
  • 1949 - William F. Giauque (Chemistry)
  • 1946 - John H. Northrop (Chemistry)
  • 1946 - Wendell M. Stanley (Chemistry)
  • 1939 - Ernest O. Lawrence (Physics)

Further information on Berkeley's Nobel tradition is available from the Office of Public Affairs at UC Berkeley.

Other Notable Berkeleyans

Here is a sample of some of the famous people who have lived and/or worked in Berkeley for at least part of their lives. Each name is linked to a non-Berkeley Public Library website That is to say, when you click on a name, you will be leaving this website.

Berkeleyans in Politics, Government, Ecology

Berkeleyans in the Arts

Berkeley Authors

Academia, Business, Food and Fun