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List of famous alumni from University of California, San Diego, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of California, San Diego include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of California, San Diego alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of California, San Diego 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, San Diego.

A list made up of graduates like Benicio del Toro and Aria Giovanni.

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

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Benicio del Toro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Benicio del Toro Film Producer, Actor, Film Director Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez, better known as Benicio Del Toro, is a Puerto Rican actor, film producer and film director. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a ...more

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Andrew Cunanan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Andrew Cunanan Andrew Phillip Cunanan was an American serial killer who murdered at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace, during a three-month period in 1997. On June 12, 1997, Cunanan ...more

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Aria Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Aria Giovanni Pornographic actor, Nude Glamour Model Aria Giovanni is an American pornographic actress and model who was Penthouse magazine's Pet for the month of September 2000. She has modeled in a range of photographic styles and has also had ...more

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Ricardo Antonio Chavira is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Ricardo Antonio Chavira Actor, Voice acting Ricardo Antonio Chavira is an American actor, known for his role as Carlos Solis in the ABC comedy-drama series, Desperate Housewives.

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Paul Phillips is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Paul Phillips Paul Phillips is an American software developer, entrepreneur and poker player.

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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Angela Davis Activist, Educator, Author Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, ...more

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K. Megan McArthur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
K. Megan McArthur Astronaut, Oceanographer Katherine Megan McArthur is an American oceanographer and a NASA astronaut. She has served as a CAPCOM for both the space shuttle and space station. Megan McArthur has flown one space shuttle ...more

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David Brin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
David Brin Astrophysicist, Novelist, Scientist Glen David Brin is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards. His Campbell Award winning novel The Postman ...more

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Kip Fulbeck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Kip Fulbeck Professor, Artist Kip Fulbeck is an American artist, spoken word performer, filmmaker and author. Fulbeck's work explores identity politics. His mixed race ethnic background is Cantonese, English, Irish, and ...more

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Mike Judge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Mike Judge Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer Michael Craig "Mike" Judge, is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, musician, and cartoonist. He created and starred in the animated television series Beavis and ...more

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Vernor Vinge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Vernor Vinge Mathematician, Novelist, Computer scientist Vernor Steffen Vinge is a retired San Diego State University Professor of Mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author. He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning novels and ...more

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Kim Stanley Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Kim Stanley Robinson Novelist, Author, Writer Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, best known for his Mars trilogy. Robinson's work has been labeled by reviewers as "the gold-standard of realistic, and highly ...more

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Russell Lieblich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Russell Lieblich Musician, Game programmer, Game designer Russell Lieblich was a game designer, programmer and musician who first came to prominence for his music for Activision and Intellivision games, as well as doing the Commodore 64 music ...more

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Antony Garrett Lisi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Antony Garrett Lisi Physicist Antony Garrett Lisi, known as Garrett Lisi, is an American theoretical physicist and adventure sports enthusiast. Lisi works as an independent researcher without an academic position. He is a ...more

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Flossie Wong-Staal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Flossie Wong-Staal Scientist Flossie Wong-Staal, born Yee Ching Wong, is a Chinese-American virologist and molecular biologist. She was the first scientist to clone HIV and determine the function of its genes, a major step ...more

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John LeMoncheck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
John LeMoncheck A seasoned electronics executive, LeMoncheck hails from Silicon Image where he was Vice President of the company's Consumer Electronics and PC/Display business. In that role, LeMoncheck was ...more

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Cara Capuano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Cara Capuano Journalist Cara Capuano is an American sports anchor for ESPNU. Before joining ESPNU in 2008, she was a former sports reporter for FSN. She joined Fox Sports Northwest in August 2004, as a reporter and ...more

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Yolanda Lopez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Yolanda Lopez Yolanda M. López is an American painter, printmaker, educator, and film producer. Her work focuses on the experience of Mexican American women and often challenges ethnic stereotypes ...more

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Fred Zyda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Fred Zyda Computer scientist

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Erik Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Erik Brown Programmer, Software Engineer I'm a software developer. I work on this website.

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Craig Venter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Craig Venter Geneticist, Biologist, Entrepreneur John Craig Venter is an American biochemist, geneticist, and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the first to sequence the human genome and the first to transfect a cell with a synthetic ...more

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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Khaled Hosseini Novelist, Author, Physician Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, an occupation that he likened to "an arranged ...more

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Catherynne M. Valente is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Catherynne M. Valente Poet, Literary critic, Novelist Catherynne M. Valente is an American fiction writer, poet, and literary critic. For her speculative fiction novels she has won the annual James Tiptree, Andre Norton, and Mythopoeic Fantasy ...more

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Jef Raskin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Jef Raskin Computer scientist, Scientist, Writer Jef Raskin was an American human–computer interface expert best known for conceiving and starting the Macintosh project for Apple in the late 1970s.

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John Hoagland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
John Hoagland Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer John Hoagland was a war photographer and photojournalist noted for his documentation of civil conflicts in Nicaragua, Lebanon, and El Salvador. Hoagland was born in San Diego, California, and ...more

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Greg Papadopoulos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Greg Papadopoulos Businessperson, Entrepreneur As Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Sun, Greg Papadopoulos directs the company's approximate $2B in RD portfolio with an eye toward ...more

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Jack Sarfatti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Jack Sarfatti Physicist, Science writer Jack Sarfatti is an American theoretical physicist. Working largely outside academia, Sarfatti specializes in the idea that there is a relationship between quantum physics and consciousness. He ...more

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George Blumenthal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
George Blumenthal Astrophysicist, Professor, Astronomer George R. Blumenthal is an American astrophysicist, astronomer, professor, and academic administrator. He is the tenth chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Chu Ching-wu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Chu Ching-wu Scientist Paul Chu is a Chinese-born American physicist specializing in superconductivity, magnetism, and dielectrics. He is a Professor of physics and T.L.L. Temple Chair of Science in the Physics ...more

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James Avery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
James Avery Soldier, Actor, Voice acting James LaRue Avery was an American actor. He played patriarch and Judge Philip Banks in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This character was ranked #34 in TV Guide '​s "50 Greatest TV ...more

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Susumu Tonegawa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Susumu Tonegawa Professor, Scientist Susumu Tonegawa is a Japanese scientist who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987 for his discovery of the genetic mechanism that produces antibody diversity. Although he won ...more

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Alurista is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Alurista Activist, Writer Alberto Baltazar Urista Heredia better known by his nom de plume Alurista, is a Chicano poet and activist.

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Carrie Mae Weems is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Carrie Mae Weems Artist, Photographer Carrie Mae Weems is an American artist who works with text, fabric, audio, digital images, and installation video but is best known for her work in the field of photography. Her award-winning ...more

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Aimee Bender is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Aimee Bender Novelist, Author, Writer Aimee Bender is an American novelist and short story writer, known for her surreal plots and characters.

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Luis Alberto Urrea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Luis Alberto Urrea Poet, Novelist, Author Luis Alberto Urrea is a Mexican American poet, novelist, and essayist.

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Kirby Wright is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Kirby Wright Novelist, Writer Kirby Wright is an American writer best known for his coming of age island novel PUNAHOU BLUES and the epic novel MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA, which is based on the life and times of Wright's paniolo ...more

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Bill Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Bill Atkinson Computer Engineer, Photographer Bill Atkinson is an American computer engineer and photographer. Atkinson worked at Apple Computer from 1978 to 1990. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San ...more

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Lawrence S.B. Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Lawrence S.B. Goldstein Scientist Lawrence S.B. Goldstein is a professor of cellular and molecular medicine at University of California, San Diego and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He receives grant ...more

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Bud Tribble is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Bud Tribble Computer scientist Guy L. "Bud" Tribble, MD, PhD, is Vice President of Software Technology at Apple Inc. Tribble was a member of the original Apple Macintosh design team. He served as manager of the ...more

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D. Van Holliday is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
D. Van Holliday Physicist Dr. Dale Vance Holliday was born in Ennis, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated with a B.S. and M.A. in Physics and did extensive theoretical and experimental ...more

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Timothy J. Roemer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Timothy J. Roemer Politician Timothy John "Tim" Roemer is an American political figure who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2003 as a Democrat from Indiana's 3rd congressional ...more

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Robert Buckley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Robert Buckley Film Score Composer, Model, Actor Robert Earl Buckley is an American actor, known for his roles on the television series Lipstick Jungle and One Tree Hill. In 2012, he joined the cast of the ABC supernatural drama series 666 ...more

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Jeffrey Mumford is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Jeffrey Mumford Composer Jeffrey Mumford or is a U.S. composer who teaches music at Lorain County Community College. He holds degrees from the University of California, Irvine and the University of California, San ...more

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Virgil Nemoianu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Virgil Nemoianu Virgil Nemoianu is a Romanian-American essayist, literary critic, and philosopher of culture. He is generally described as a specialist in “comparative literature” but this is a somewhat ...more

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Leilani Munter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Leilani Munter Race car driver, Actor Leilani Münter appeared in the 2014 documentary film 6.

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Aaron Krach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Aaron Krach Novelist, Photographer Aaron Krach is an American film critic, artist, writer and journalist currently living in New York City.

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Nathan East is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Nathan East Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter Nathan Harrell East is a jazz, R&B and rock bass player and vocalist. With more than 2,000 recordings under his belt, East is considered one of the most recorded bass players in the history ...more

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Gregory Benford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Gregory Benford Editor, Astrophysicist, Physicist Gregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a ...more

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Diana Deutsch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Diana Deutsch Psychologist Diana Deutsch is a British-American perceptual and cognitive psychologist, born in London, England. She is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and is ...more

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Geoffrey Frank Grant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Geoffrey Frank Grant Inventor Geoffrey Frank Grant is a scientist and administrative manager at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth He was born on 5 September 1941 in Empingham, Rutland. He ...more