Who's Who at Berkeley
From famous alumni to world-renowned students, UC Berkeley offers a legacy for all students to do great things. When you come to Berkeley, you join a long list of stars, past and present. Here are just a few examples.
Nathan Adrean, 2012
Nathan won two gold medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for the 100 free and 400 medley relay, as well as a silver in the 400 free relay. Forty-six Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal in London in the 2012 Summer Olympic, winning 17 medals, matching their record haul from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Joan Didion, 1956
One of the nation's most influential essayists, Didion wrote, “Without Berkeley, the world I know would have been narrowed, constricted, diminished: a more ordered and less risky world, but not the world I wanted — not free, not Berkeley, not me.”
Steve Wozniak, 1986
A co-founder of Apple Computer, Wozniak received the National Medal of Technology in 1985, the highest honor for America’s leading tech innovators.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy, 2001
The Mulleavy sisters are the fashion design duo behind Rodarte, sold by more than 40 leading retailers worldwide. Dancers donned their costumes in Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan.
Alex Morgan, 2010
One of the top female soccer players in the world, Morgan scored her first Olympic gold in London.
Saul Perlmutter, 1986
A physics professor at UC Berkeley and senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Perlmutter led one of the two teams that simultaneously discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. He received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.