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List of University of California, Santa Barbara alumni


List of University of California, Santa Barbara alumni

This page lists notable alumni and students of the University of California, Santa Barbara.


  • Nobel laureates 1
  • MacArthur Fellows 2
  • Pulitzer Prize 3
  • Academy Awards 4
  • Emmy Awards 5
  • Academics 6
  • Arts, entertainment, and literature 7
  • Astronauts 8
  • Athletics 9
  • Business leaders and entrepreneurs 10
  • Government, law, and public policy 11
  • Other notable alumni 12
  • References 13

Nobel laureates

UCSB Award Winners
Carol Greider, B.A. 1983 – 2009 Nobel Prize winner
Michael Douglas, B.A. 1968 – Two-time Academy Award winner

MacArthur Fellows

The MacArthur Fellows Program is also known as the "MacArthur Fellowship" or "Genius Grant"

  • Amir Abo-Shaeer, B.S. 1996, M.S. 1998, M.Ed. 2001 – high school physics teacher and mechanical engineer; 2010 MacArthur Fellowship
  • Angela Belcher, B.S. 1991, Ph.D. 1997 – materials scientist and W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT; 2004 MacArthur Fellowship
  • Robin Fleming, B.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1984 – medieval historian and Department of History professor at Boston College; 2013 MacArthur Fellowship
  • Edith Widder, M.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1982 – oceanographer and marine biologist; 2006 MacArthur Fellowship

Pulitzer Prize

  • Bob Sipchen, B.A. 1976 – two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and current Communications Director of the Sierra Club

Academy Awards

Emmy Awards


Arts, entertainment, and literature

UCSB Arts, Entertainment, and Literature Alumni
Benjamin Bratt, B.F.A. 1986 – actor
Josh Elliott, B.A. 1993 – television host
Jack Johnson, B.A. 1997 – musician
Harvey Levin, B.A. 1972 – founder of TMZ



Business leaders and entrepreneurs

Government, law, and public policy

Other notable alumni


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