Famous University of Maryland Alumni include:
- Carmen Balthrop, soprano
and faculty member
- Gail Berman, chair of Fox
- Bonnie Bernstein, network TV sports reporter
- Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
- Dennis Cardoza, U.S. Congressman
- Connie Chung, news
anchor-woman with CBS, NBC, and CNN
- Mark Ciardi, film producer (Miracle, The Rookie)
- Mary Stallings
Coleman, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan
- Larry David, actor, writer and producer ("Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Seinfeld")
- Gordon England, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland
- Boomer Esiason, former NFL quarterback turned television broadcaster.
- Charles Ferrerman,
mathematician and winner of the Fields Prize
- Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard
- Robert Forward, physicist who authored 200 research papers, and
science fiction writer known for 11 novels, including Dragon's Egg
- Joe Haldeman, science fiction writer, best known for The Forever War
- Herbert Hauptman, winner of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets
- Steny Hoyer, U.S. Congressman from Maryland, chief sponsor of the
Americans with Disabilities Act
- Jack Kelley, former USA
- William McCool, NASA astronaut, killed on Columbia mission STS-107
- Aaron McGruder, creator of comic strip The Boondocks
- Nguyen Si Binh, Vietnamese American Chairman of the People's Action Party of Vietnam
- Robert M. Parker, Jr., wine critic
- George Pelecanos, mystery writer
- Judith Resnik, Ph.D. 1977, NASA
astronaut, killed on Challenger mission STS-51-L
- David Simon, creator of Homicide: Life on the Street
- Kathleen Turner, Academy Award nominated movie actress, twice winner of the Golden Globe
- Scott Van Pelt, anchor for the television show SportsCenter on the ESPN network
- Randy White, former professional football player for the Dallas Cowboys,
Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
Well-known faculty (past and present) include:
- Michael Brin,
- David S. Broder, journalist, winner of Pulitzer Prize in 1973.
- Rachel Carson, ecologist and author of Silent Spring.
- Michael E. Fisher,
winner of Wolf Priz in physics
- Peter Miller, historian and
- Serguei Novikov, mathematician, winner of Fields Medal in 1970.
- Michael Olmert, Emmy award winning filmmaker.
- Robert L. Park, physicist, anti-pseudoscience activist.
- Bill Phillips, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in
- Georges Rey, philosopher.
- George Ritzer, sociologist.
- Roald Sagdeev, physicist,
former science advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev
- Julian Simon, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.
- John S. Toll, physicist and well-known educational administrator.
- James A. Yorke, a founding father of chaos theory, winner of Japan Prize in 2003.