In 2013, there are 211,706 Stanford alumni living worldwide.
Some notable Stanford alumni include:
William Brody, Salk Institute president, Nancy Cantor, Syracuse chancellor and president; Michael V. Drake, UC-Irvine chancellor, Pamela Eibeck, University of the Pacific president; Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation president; the Rev. William Leahy, Boston College president; and Richard Levin, Yale president
Arts and entertainment
Actors Jennifer Connelly, Ted Danson, Fred Savage and Sigourney Weaver; artists Richard Diebenkorn* and Robert Motherwell*; broadcasters Gretchen Carlson, Ted Koppel and Rachel Maddow; composer David Lang; directors David Chase, Alexander Payne and Jay Roach; pianist Jon Nakamatsu; producers David Brown*, Roger Corman, Gale Anne Hurd, Edward Pressman, Jeffrey Skoll and Richard Zanuck*
Baseball player Mike Mussina; football players John Elway, Toby Gerhart, Andrew Luck, John Lynch and Jim Plunkett; basketball players Brook and Robin Lopez, Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Wiggins; golfers Tom Watson and Tiger Woods; Olympians Jennifer Azzi, Janet Evans, Julie Foudy, Eric Heiden, Bob Mathias*, Pablo Morales, Jessica Mendoza, Summer Sanders, Kerri Strug, Jenny Thompson and Kerri Walsh; and tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan and John McEnroe.
Entrepreneurs Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google), Doris Fisher (Gap), Reed Hastings (Netflix), William Hewlett* and David Packard* (Hewlett-Packard), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Phil Knight (Nike), Scott McNealy, Vinod Khosla and Andy Bechtolsheim (Sun Microsystems), Charles R. Schwab, (Charles Schwab Corp.), Peter Thiel (PayPal), Jerry Yang and David Filo (Yahoo!); executives Steve Ballmer (Microsoft), Azim Premji (Wipro), Jeffrey Bewkes (Time Warner)
U.S. president Herbert Hoover*; Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor and William Rehnquist*; U.S. senators Max Baucus, Jeff Bingaman,Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden; Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Mohammed Waheed Hassan, president of the Maldives; Alejandro Toledo, former president of Peru; and mayors Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., and Julian Castro of San Antonio, Texas
Science and engineering
Inventors Vinton Cerf (the Internet protocol), John Chowning (synthesizer), Ray Dolby (noise-reduction system), Ed Ginzton* (microwave technology), Ted Hoff (microprocessor), H. Taylor Howard* (satellite dish), Ted Maiman* (laser), Brad Parkinson (GPS), Brent Townshend (56K modem) and Russell Varian* and Sigurd Varian* (klystron); Nobel Prize winners Dudley Herschbach, Roger Kornberg and K. Barry Sharpless (chemistry) and Eric Cornell, Richard E. Taylor and Carl Wieman (physics)
Novelists Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ernest Gaines, Allegra Goodman, Alice Hoffman, Ken Kesey*, Nicole Krauss, N. Scott Momaday, John Steinbeck*, Vikram Seth, Scott Turow, Jesmyn West and Tobias Wolff; playwrights Maxwell Anderson*, David Henry Hwang and Mark Medoff; poets laureate Robert Hass, Philip Levine and Robert Pinsky
Episcopal bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori; Nobel Prize-winning economists Al Roth, John Harsanyi* and Oliver E. Williamson; information designer and statistician Edward Tufte; philanthropic leaders Jeff Raikes (The Gates Foundation) and Jessica Jackley and Matt Flannery (Kiva); Internet pioneer Stewart Brand, Firefox software developer Blake Ross; Instagram cofounders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom; surgeon Atul Gawande; vintners Paul Draper and Robert Mondavi*; and 17 astronauts, including first American woman in space Sally Ride*.
Established in 1892 by members of Stanford’s first graduating class, the Stanford Alumni Association works to reach, serve and engage Stanford alumni throughout the world. It offers programs and services including reunions, Stanford Magazine, faculty-led travel, and alumni networking. For more information, visit alumni.stanford.edu.