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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Cornell University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Cornell University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Cornell University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Cornell University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Cornell University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Cornell University.

This list has everything from Bill Maher to Jane Lynch and other famous Cornell alumni. Go Big Red!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Cornell University?” and “Which celebrities are Cornell University alumni?”

Check out these notable Cornell alumni.

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Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Kurt Vonnegut Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

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Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Christopher Reeve Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Bill Nye Comedian, Educator, Screenwriter

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Bill Maher Commentator, Comedian, Television producer

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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Jane Lynch Comedian, Author, Actor

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Gabrielle Giffords is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Gabrielle Giffords Businessperson, Politician

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Keith Olbermann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Keith Olbermann Commentator, Journalist, Actor

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Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Ann Coulter Commentator, Author, Writer

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Robert Smigel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Robert Smigel Humorist, Comedian, Television producer

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Irene Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Irene Rosenfeld Businessperson

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Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Mae Jemison Professor, Astronaut, Scientist

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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Toni Morrison Editor, Poet, Professor

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David Einhorn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Arthur Laurents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Arthur Laurents Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Writer

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Greg Graffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Greg Graffin Record producer, Professor, Musician

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Raj Gupta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Adolphe Menjou is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Adolphe Menjou Radio personality, Actor

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Summer Rayne Oakes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Summer Rayne Oakes Fashion Model, Model

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Marshall Kirk McKusick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Marshall Kirk McKusick Programmer, Computer scientist

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Willis Carrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Willis Carrier Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer

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Sandy Berger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Sandy Berger Politician, Lobbyist

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Edward Andrew Deeds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Abraham L. Brick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Randi Weingarten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Randi Weingarten Educator, Trade unionist, Lawyer

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Harry Edwards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Harry Edwards Sociologist

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Val A. Browning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Val A. Browning Inventor

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Harry Coover is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Harry Coover Inventor

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Dane Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Dane Clark Television director, Model, Actor

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John M. Olin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
John M. Olin Inventor, Engineer

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Laurens Hammond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Laurens Hammond Inventor

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Adolph Coors II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Ratan Tata is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Ratan Tata Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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Adolph Coors III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Robert C. Baker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Robert C. Baker Inventor, Scientist

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Adrian Sexton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Adrian Sexton Businessperson

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David H. Shepard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
David H. Shepard Inventor, Engineer

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Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Sanford I. Weill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Sanford I. Weill Businessperson

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Irwin M. Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Leonard Lipton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Leonard Lipton Physicist, Inventor

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Ed Marinaro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Ed Marinaro Actor, American football player

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Roy Levien is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Roy Levien Inventor

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Alice Dunbar Nelson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Alice Dunbar Nelson Journalist, Writer

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Helen Johnson-Leipold is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Helen Johnson-Leipold Businessperson

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Winnie Johnson-Marquart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Winnie Johnson-Marquart Businessperson

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Catherine Hicks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Catherine Hicks Actor, Singer

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Edward Bernays is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Edward Bernays Author, Public Relations Consultant

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Franchot Tone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Alexander H. Joffe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Judge, Jurist, Lawyer