University Of California, San Diego

Discover the notable alumni of University Of California, San Diego. The list includes people like Mike Judge, Billy Beane, Milana Vayntrub, Khaled Hosseini & Venkatraman Ramakrishnan. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as scientists, film & theater personalities, miscellaneous, sportspersons and musicians etc.
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Benicio Del Toro
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Films ‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘Basquiat’ and ‘Snatch’)
Benicio Del Toro
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Birthdate: February 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Germán, Puerto Rico

Born to lawyer parents, Puerto Rican actor-producer Benicio del Toro had initially taken up a business degree course in university. He later dropped out and joined a New York theater school. Known for his Academy Award-winning role in Traffic, del Toro is also an avid environmental activist.

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Mike Judge
(Actor, Cartoonist, Director, Musician)
Mike Judge
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Birthdate: October 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Animator and filmmaker Michael Judge is best known for creating the iconic animated series Beavis and Butt-Head. Fans also loved his Emmy- and Annie Award-winning work in King of the Hill, one of the longest-running U.S. animated series, and his Critics' Choice Award-winning work in Silicon Valley.
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Milana Vayntrub
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Birthdate: March 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Milana Vyantrub is an Uzbekistan-born American actress who is most recognised for her work in AT&T television commercials and NBC’s television series, This is Us. She began acting at the tender age of five to support her family financially. Since then, Milana Vyantrub has grown tremendously and worked in a host of films, television shows and web series. She is also known for her YouTube Channel.

 4 
Billy Beane
(American Former Professional Baseball Player and Executive Vice President of the Oakland Athletics)
Billy Beane
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States

A former professional baseball player, Billy Beane went on to become a front office executive, a position which he has used to apply statistical analysis called sabermetrics to baseball. This has proved to be a game-changer as teams are now evaluating players based on this statistical analysis. His career inspired the film Moneyball where he was played by Brad Pitt.

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James Avery
(Film actor)
James Avery
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Birthdate: November 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suffolk, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 31, 2013
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Kendra Wilkinson
(Television Personality and Model Best Known for Her TV Series ‘The Girls Next Door’)
Kendra Wilkinson
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Birthdate: June 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Kendra Wilkinson gained fame as one of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends. She was also part of the reality show The Girls Next Door, which showcased her life inside the Playboy Mansion. She later got her own show, Kendra. She reportedly also formed a company to sell her sex tapes.
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Craig Venter
(American Biotechnologist and Businessman)
Craig Venter
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Craig Venter biotechnologist and businessman best known for leading the first draft sequence of the human genome. He is the founder of Celera Genomics and the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and the co-founder of Human Longevity Inc.  He received the Dan David Prize for his contribution to genome research and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. 

 8 
Diana Gabaldon
(Author Known for Her 'Outlander' Series of Novels)
Diana Gabaldon
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Williams, Arizona, United States

Author Diana Gabaldon, daughter of Arizona senator Tony Gabaldon, is best known for her Outlander novel series, which has also been adapted into a TV series. Gabaldon has also authored the Lord John series. She is known for mingling several genres, including historical fiction, mystery, science fiction, and romance.

Silas Weir Mitchell
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Birthdate: September 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 10 
Kim Stanley Robinson
(Writer)
Kim Stanley Robinson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waukegan, Illinois, United States
 11 
Zoë Chao
(TV and stage Actress and screenwriter prominently known for her role as Isobel in Strangers)
Zoë Chao
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Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rhode Island, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Robert Buckley
(Actor)
Robert Buckley
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Birthdate: May 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Covina, California, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 13 
Bobbi Gibb
(American Marathon Runner)
Bobbi Gibb
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
 14 
Kathleen Rubins
(Astronaut, Biologist)
Kathleen Rubins
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Farmington

Kathleen Rubins is a microbiologist and NASA astronaut. In 2016, she became the 60th woman to fly in space when she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. She traveled to the International Space Station and returned to Earth after a few months. She has spent a total of 300 days, 1 hour, and 31 minutes in space. 

 15 
Vernor Vinge
(Computer scientist)
Vernor Vinge
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waukesha, Wisconsin, US
 16 
Nick Woodman
(Businessperson)
Nick Woodman
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Clara County, California, United States
 17 
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
(Structural biologist)
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Chidambaram,Tamilnadu India

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is a British-American structural biologist whose research on the function of the ribosome earned him the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry which he shared with Ada Yonath and Thomas A. Steitz. From 2015 to 2020, he served as the president of the Royal Society.

 18 
Nathan East
(Bassist, Jazz musician)
Nathan East
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia
 19 
Debito Arudou
(Writer, Human rights activist)
Debito Arudou
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: California, United States
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Lindsay Ellingson
(Victoria's Secret Angel from 2011 to 2014)
Lindsay Ellingson
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jef Raskin
(American Human–Computer Interface Expert Who Conceived and Initiated the Macintosh Project at Apple)
Jef Raskin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 26, 2005
One of the first employees of Apple Computer, Jef Raskin introduced the Macintosh project, to create a computer that was much less complex compared to the Apple II. Before joining Apple, he was a computer science teacher and a Stanford researcher. He was also a passionate music composer.
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Kathy Acker
(Author)
Kathy Acker
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: November 30, 1997
 23 
Leilani Münter
(American Former Professional Stock Car Racing Driver)
Leilani Münter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Danny Burstein
(Singer, Actor)
Danny Burstein
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Birthdate: June 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Kisco, New York, United States
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Jon Lindbergh
(American Underwater Diver and One of the World’s Earliest Aquanauts in the 1960s)
Jon Lindbergh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: July 29, 2021
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Bill Atkinson
(Compurter Engineer Who Designed the Graphic User Interface (GUI) of the Apple 'Lisa')
Bill Atkinson
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United States
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Carrie Mae Weems
(Artist)
Carrie Mae Weems
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Birthdate: April 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
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Susumu Tonegawa
(Recipent of Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987 for his Discovery of V(D)J Recombination)
Susumu Tonegawa
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Susumu Tonegawa is a Japanese scientist known for his discovery of the genetic mechanism that produces antibody diversity. For this work, he received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987. Even though he won the coveted award for his work in immunology, he is a molecular biologist by training. He now studies neuroscience. 

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Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson
(Investor, Entrepreneur and Banker)
Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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Lorna Simpson
(Photographer)
Lorna Simpson
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: August 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Mona Kosar Abdi
(Multimedia journalist)
Mona Kosar Abdi
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Birthdate: May 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Sean Whitesell
(Actor, Screenwriter)
Sean Whitesell
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Iowa Falls, Iowa, United States
Died: December 28, 2015
 33 
Aria Giovanni
(Actress)
Aria Giovanni
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Birthdate: November 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Bruce Beutler
(American Immunologist and Geneticist Known for His Discoveries Concerning the Activation of Innate Immunity)
Bruce Beutler
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Immunologist Bruce Beutler is best known for his Nobel Prize-winning research on the innate immune system of the human body. The son of a scientist and physician, he was a child prodigy and graduated at age 18. He grew up to be associated with institutes such as the Scripps Research Institute.

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Dan Santat
(Illustrator)
Dan Santat
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Owiso Odera
(Actor)
Owiso Odera
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Birthdate: March 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan
Died: November 3, 2016
 37 
Peter Gordon
(Composer)
Peter Gordon
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, United States
 38 
Christopher Stott
(Entrepreneur)
Christopher Stott
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
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Brian Druker
(Scientist)
Brian Druker
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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Ileana Rodríguez
(Educator)
Ileana Rodríguez
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chinandega, Nicaragua