University of Chicago alumni shape our world. They’re recognized by the way they dive into conversations, tackle challenges, and solve problems—all with a creativity that draws on philosophy as easily as economics. Our alumni are Nobel laureates, CEOs, university presidents, attorneys general, literary giants, and astronauts. They win Oscar and Tony awards. They’ve won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism and sat on the Supreme Court. They are entrepreneurs and National Medal of Science winners. Civil rights leaders and societal trailblazers. They form a network that touches nearly every corner of the globe—and exemplify the stellar legacy of accomplishment reflected in every UChicago degree.

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Mount Everest

UChicago graduates push themselves to overcome the world’s most daunting challenges. Barry Bishop, PhD’80, was a member of the first US team to successfully climb Mount Everest, before turning his focus to geographical studies in Nepal.
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UChicago Breakthrough

UChicago Breakthrough
Janet Rowley, LAB’42, PhB’44, SB’46, MD’48, discovered the first consistent chromosomal abnormalities linked to cancer, demonstrating that cancer is a genetic disease.
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Sandeep Ahuja

Sandeep Ahuja, MPP’06, founded Operation ASHA, the largest organization fighting tuberculosis in India. The nonprofit targets the country’s poorest inhabitants.
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Justin Yifu Lin

Satya Nadella, MBA’97, who helped develop cloud computing technology, is now the CEO of Microsoft Corporation.
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Ray Suarez

Ray Suarez, AM’93, broadcast journalist and host of “Inside Story” on Al Jazeera America, was formerly with PBS. He has moderated several UChicago events, including the 50-year anniversary of the UChicago Women’s Board in April 2011.
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Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag, AB’51, critic, playwright, filmmaker, poet, and human rights activist was best known for her work Against Interpretation.
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Philip Glass

Philip Glass, AB’56, has composed operas, concertos, and film soundtracks.
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John Grunsfeld

John Grunsfeld, SM’44, PhD’88, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, was the Hubble Space Telescope’s top repair and maintenance expert.
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Kimberly Peirce

Kimberly Peirce, AB’90, filmmaker most noted for Oscar-winning Boys Don’t Cry, said UChicago classes “steeped me in culture.”
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Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel, PhB’32, JD’34, oral historian and radio host, received the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Good War: An Oral History of World War II.
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Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham, PhB’36, internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, anthropologist, and activist, researched dance in Haiti and used her studies there to create pioneering work in folk and ethnic choreography.
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David Axelrod

David Axelrod, AB’76, former senior advisor to the president, now directs the UChicago Institute of Politics.
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John W. Rogers Jr.

John W. Rogers Jr., LAB’76, founder of Ariel Investments and University trustee. He played a key role in conceiving the Professional Services Symposium, an annual event hosted by the University's Office of Business Diversity.
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Sam Kass

Sam Kass, LAB’98, AB’04, former chef and senior policy advisor for nutrition policy at the White House.
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Patsy Mink

Patsy Mink, JD’51, was the first Asian American woman elected to US House of Representatives. She served Hawaii’s first and second districts for 12 terms. Mink received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.
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  • 150,000+ alumni

    150,000+ alumni

    Our community of alumni represents nearly every field in almost every corner of the globe.

  • Over 130 countries in which alumni live and work

    Over 130 countries in which alumni live and work

    Alumni continue to engage in any nation with thought-provoking talks and social gatherings.

  • More than 80 alumni clubs and affinity groups worldwide

    More than 80 alumni clubs and affinity groups worldwide

    Regardless of where they live around the world, alumni bond over their uniquely UChicago experiences.

  • 12 National Humanities Medal winners

    12 National Humanities Medal winners

    William McNeill

    William McNeill, AB’38, AM’39, received the 2009 National Humanities Medal. President Obama honored McNeill, the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in History at the University, for his important contribution to the humanities.

  • 30 Nobel laureates

    30 Nobel laureates

    Bruce A. Beutler

    Bruce A. Beutler, MD’81, received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his co-discoveries that helped lead to treatment and prevention of cancers and infectious illnesses.

  • 16 MacArthur Fellows

    16 MacArthur Fellows

    Richard Rorty

    The late Richard Rorty, AB’49, AM’52, received a five-year MacArthur Fellowship shortly after the publication of his most famous philosophical work, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. One of the most influential American philosophers of the 20th century, Rorty’s pragmatic approach to philosophy reached a larger audience beyond academia.

  • 13 Pulitzer Prize winners

    13 Pulitzer Prize winners

    Daniel Gilbert

    Daniel Gilbert, AB’05, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in public service journalism for a series of stories he wrote on mismanagement of natural-gas royalties.

  • 8 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

    8 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

    Eight alumni across the University have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

  • 10,000+ alumni volunteers

    10,000+ alumni volunteers

    Alumni volunteers engage around shared interests, contribute to students’ success, and create, plan, and host events worldwide.

  • 8 National Medal of Science recipients

    8 National Medal of Science recipients

    8 UChicago alumni have received the National Medals of Science, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral sciences.