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List of famous alumni from University of California, Davis, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of California, Davis include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of California, Davis alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of California, Davis are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of California, Davis.

Examples of graduates on this list include Chris Petersen and DJ Shadow.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of California, Davis?” and “Which celebrities are University of California, Davis alumni?”

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Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Anthropologist, Researcher, Scientist Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain ...more

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Martin Yan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
TV chef, Chef Martin Yan is a Chinese-born Hong Kong-American chef and food writer. He has hosted his award-winning PBS-TV cooking show Yan Can Cook since 1982.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Lawyer Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is an American cable news personality and one of the co-hosts of the programs The Five and Outnumbered on the Fox News Channel. She is a contributor to The O'Reilly Factor ...more

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Tracy Caldwell Dyson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Physicist, Chemist, Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson is an American chemist and NASA astronaut. Caldwell Dyson was a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour flight STS-118 in August 2007. She was part of the Expedition ...more

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Stephen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Flight engineer, Astronaut Stephen Kern Robinson is a former NASA astronaut.

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Adam Duritz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Adam Fredric Duritz is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. He is best known for his role as frontman and vocalist for the rock band Counting Crows, in which he ...more

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Angela E. Oh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Writer, Social activist, Lawyer Angela E. Oh is an attorney, teacher, and public lecturer best known for her role as spokesperson for the Korean American community after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and her position on President ...more

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John Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Wrestler John Randall Hennigan is an American professional wrestler and actor, who is best known for his work in WWE where he was better known by his ring names John Morrison and Johnny Nitro. He is ...more

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Urijah Faber is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Actor, Martial artist Urijah Christopher Faber is an American mixed martial artist, fighting as a bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Faber won the WEC Featherweight Championship at WEC 19 on March ...more

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Howard A. Stone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Scientist Howard Alvin Stone is the Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. His field of research is in fluid mechanics, ...more

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Ann Veneman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Ann Margaret Veneman was the Executive Director of UNICEF from 2005 to 2010. Her appointment was announced on January 18, 2005 by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Previously, Veneman was the ...more

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Darrell Steinberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Darrell Steven Steinberg is a Democratic politician from Sacramento, California. He was California Senate President pro Tempore and the leader of the majority party in the California State ...more

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Riley P. Bechtel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Businessperson Riley Peart Bechtel is an American heir and businessman. He serves as the Chairman of the Bechtel Corporation.

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Clint Bolick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Author, Lawyer Clint Bolick is the Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He co-founded the Institute for Justice, where he was the Vice President and Director of ...more

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Sal Viscuso is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Painter, Actor, Voice acting Sal Viscuso is an American actor. His most notable role was as the uncredited, unseen P.A. system announcer in the long-running TV series M*A*S*H. He also made several one-shot appearances as ...more

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Laura Leibman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni

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Ilan Mitchell-Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Actor, Teacher Ilan Mitchell-Smith is an American academic and former actor best known as the co-star of the film Weird Science.

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Peter Coffin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Peter Coffin Peter Coffin is an artist based in New York City. His work is exhibited internationally and features in several prominent collections. Peter Coffin is currently collaborating with Al Jaffee ...more

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John A. Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Computer Network Engineer

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Emily Azevedo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Bobsleigher Emily Azevedo is an American bobsledder who has competed since 2002. She won two medals in the mixed bobsleigh-skeleton team event at the FIBT World Championships with a silver in 2007 and a ...more

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Carl Sassenrath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Computer scientist Carl Sassenrath is an architect of operating systems and computer languages. He brought multitasking to personal computers in 1985 with the creation of the Amiga Computer operating system ...more

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Chi Cheng is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Bassist, Poet, Musician Chi Cheng was an American musician, best known as the bassist for the American alternative metal band Deftones. His career came to an abrupt halt in 2008, when he was involved in a serious ...more

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Alvin S. White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Alvin Swauger White was an American test pilot, engineer, and a USAF astronaut. He flew the maiden flights of both XB-70 Valkyrie aircraft, the first 2,000 mph flight, and all subsequent Mach 3 ...more

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J. T. O'Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
American football player John Thomas "J. T." O'Sullivan is a former professional gridiron football quarterback from 2002 to 2012. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL ...more

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Jackie Speier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Karen Lorraine Jacqueline "Jackie" Speier is the U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2008. She is a member of the Democratic ...more

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David Loebsack is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Politician, Professor David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack is the U.S. Representative for Iowa's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes such ...more

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Jonny Moseley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Athlete Jonathan William Moseley, better known as Jonny Moseley, is the first Puerto Rican to become a member of the U.S. Ski Team. He is also known for hosting three seasons of MTV's Real World/Road ...more

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Mike Dugas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Mike Dugas Politician

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Dr. Kiki Sanford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Radio producer, Biologist, Journalist Kirsten "Kiki" Sanford is an American science communicator. After working at the University of California, Davis as a research scientist in neurophysiology, she left research work to ...more

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Mohsen Nourbakhsh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Politician, Economist Seyed Mohsen Nourbakhsh was an Iranian economist, most known as governor of the Central Bank of Iran and the former minister of economic and finance of Iran.

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DJ Shadow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Actor Joshua Paul "Josh" Davis, better known by his stage name DJ Shadow, is an American music producer and DJ. He is a prominent figure in the development of instrumental hip hop and first ...more

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Terry Morrow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Politician, Legislator, Teacher Terry Morrow is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represented District 23A, which ...more

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Cory Lekkerkerker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
American football player Cory Lekkerkerker is a former American football offensive tackle. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at UC Davis. Lekkerkerker ...more

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Lyrics Born is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Rapper, Music Producer Tsutomu "Tom" Shimura, better known by his stage name Lyrics Born, is a Japanese-American rapper and producer. He is one half of the duo Latyrx with Lateef the Truthspeaker.

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Deborah Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Artist Deborah Kay Butterfield is an American sculptor. Along with her artist-husband John Buck, she divides her time between a ranch in Bozeman, Montana and studio space in Hawaii. She is known for ...more

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Tanya Seaman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Environmentalist Tanya Seaman is an American environmentalist and the co-founder and past executive director of PhillyCarShare. Seaman was born on in Menlo Park, California to Lynn & Elisabeth Seaman.

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Mari Pangestu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Politician, Economist Mari Elka Pangestu was the Minister of Trade of Indonesia from October 2004 to October 2011. In a cabinet reshuffle in October 2011 she was appointed to the newly created position of minister of ...more

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Alexander Marks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Software Engineer Alexander Marks is a software engineer.

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Patrick J. Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Computer scientist Patrick J. Miller is a computer scientist and high performance parallel applications developer with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Davis, in run-time error detection ...more

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Sue Ellen Wooldridge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Lawyer Sue Ellen Wooldridge is an American attorney and a former politically appointed U.S. government employee. She was formerly the United States Assistant Attorney General in charge of environment ...more

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Indira Samarasekera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Engineer Indira Vasanti Samarasekera, O.C., is the 12th and current president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta.

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Ken O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
American football player Kenneth John O'Brien, Jr. is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. When he retired he was the only Jets ...more

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Eric Mar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Eric Mar Politician Eric Lee Mar is a California politician. He served on the San Francisco Board of Education and San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee. In 2008, he was elected to the San Francisco ...more

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Anna Escobedo Cabral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Politician Anna Escobedo Cabral serves as the Unit Chief for Strategic Communications in the External Relations Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to joining the bank, Cabral served as ...more

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Eric Lengyel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Programmer Eric Lengyel is a computer game engine developer with expertise in 3D graphics, animation, physics, audio, and networking. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, ...more

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Jill Derby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Politician Jill Talbot Derby served from 1988 to 2006 as an elected Regent for the Nevada System of Higher Education, serving three terms as Board Chair. She ran as the Democratic candidate for the open ...more

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Chris Petersen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
American Football coach, American football player Christopher Scott "Chris" Petersen is a college football coach, currently the head coach at the University of Washington, hired on December 6, 2013. Previously the head coach for eight ...more

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Paris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Rapper Oscar Jackson, Jr., better known by his stage name Paris, is an American rapper from San Francisco, California, known for his highly charged political and socially conscious lyrics. Influenced ...more

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Marek Vašut is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Actor Marek Vašut is a Czech film, stage, and television actor, best known for his appearances in Help! I'm a Teenage Outlaw and Thief Takers.

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Diane M. Bryant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of California, Davis Alumni
Diane M. Bryant Businessperson Diane M. Bryant is vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Intel Corporation where she is responsible for Intel's Information Technology organization. Intel's IT organization ...more