# Commencement Speakers Past

### Past Commencement Speakers

2019 - Peter Sarnak, Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study and in the Department of Mathematics at Princeton University

2018 - David Eisenbud, Director of Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley

2017 - Robert L. Bryant, Phillip Griffiths Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Duke University

2016 - Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus and Silverman Distinguished Professor of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Public Policy at UC Berkeley

2015 - Jordan Ellenberg, Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2014 - Amie Wilkinson, Professor of Mathematics, University of Chicago

2013 - Barry Mazur, Professor of Mathematics, Harvard University

2012 - Freeman Dyson, Professor of Physics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

2011 - Richard Muller, Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley

2010 - Paul Alivisatos, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, and the Larry and Diane Bock Professor of Nanotechnology at UC Berkeley

2009 - Lisa Goldberg, Executive Director of Analytic Initiatives, MCSI Barra

2008 - Charles Ferguson, President of Representational Pictures, Inc.

2007 - Andrew Z. Fire, Professor of Pathology and Genetics, Stanford University

2006 - James H. Simons, President of Renaissance Technologies Corp.

2005 - Rachel Westlake, Instructor of Mathematics, Diablo Valley College

2004 - James Sethian, Professor of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

2003 - Tom Campbell, Dean, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

2002 - Maria M. Klawe, Dean of Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

2001 - Alfred Hales, Director of IDA's Center for Communications Research and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, UC Los Angeles

2000 - Jennifer Chayes, Manager of the Theory Group at Microsoft Research

1999 - Hugo Rossi, Deputy Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

1998 - Carol Saunders Wood, Professor of Mathematics at Wesleyan University

1997 - Dr. Keith Devlin, Dean of the School of Science at Saint Mary's College

1996 - Constance Reid, Mathematics Biographer

1995 - Mary-Claire King, Professor of Genetics in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, and Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

1994 - Lee Dembart, Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, UC Berkeley

1993 - James A. Sethian, Vice Chair for Undergraduate Affairs, Mathematics Department, UC Berkeley

1992 - William P. Thurston, Professor of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

1991 - Vaughan F.R. Jones, Professor of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

1990 - Eugene Wong, Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

1989 - William Randolph Hearst III, Publisher of the San Francisco Examiner

1988 - Irving Kaplansky, Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

1987 - Geoffrey F. Chew, Dean of Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley

1985 - Jerrold Marsden, Professor of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

1984 - Gerard Debreu, Professor of Economics and Mathematics, UC Berkeley