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

List of famous alumni from Duke University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Duke University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Duke University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Duke 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 Duke University.

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Richard Nixon, Grant Hill, and other famous Blue Devils.
 
This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Duke University&” and “Which celebrities are Duke University alumni."

Take a look at this list of famous Duke alumni.

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Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Richard Nixon Politician, Military Officer, Author

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Christian Laettner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Christian Laettner Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Businessperson

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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Ron Paul Politician, Author, Physician

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Charlie Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Charlie Rose Talk show host, Journalist, Television producer

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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Grant Hill Basketball player

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Dan Abrams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Dan Abrams Television director, Journalist, Television producer

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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Melinda Gates Businessperson

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Nathaniel Lande is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Nathaniel Lande Journalist, Inventor, Author

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Sean Flynn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Sean Flynn Journalist, Actor, Photographer

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Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Carlos Boozer Basketball player

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Henry Hartsfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Henry Hartsfield Astronaut

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George M. Church is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
George M. Church Geneticist, Chemist, Professor

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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Russell Kirk Historian, Author, Writer

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William Kennedy Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni

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Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Tim Cook Businessperson

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Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Kara DioGuardi Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter

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Ben Mulroney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Ben Mulroney Actor, Presenter

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William Styron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
William Styron Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

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David Rubenstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
David Rubenstein Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Lawyer

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David Drake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
David Drake Novelist, Writer

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John T. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
John T. Chambers Businessperson

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Drew Rosenhaus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Drew Rosenhaus Businessperson, Actor, Sports agent

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Charles Hard Townes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Charles Hard Townes Physicist, Scientist

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Harry Weller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Harry Weller Venture capitalist

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Henry Hyde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Henry Hyde Politician, Lawyer

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Bill Gross is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Bill Gross Investor, Entrepreneur

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Bob Wise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Bob Wise Politician

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Robert A. Jarrow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Robert A. Jarrow Professor, Economist

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Bailey Chase is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Bailey Chase Actor

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Stephanie Niznik is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni

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Richard W. Graber is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni

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Omid Safi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Omid Safi Professor

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Judy Woodruff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Judy Woodruff Television director, Journalist, TV Journalist

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Kurt Bollacker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Kurt Bollacker Computer scientist, Scientist

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Fred Brooks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Fred Brooks Mathematician, Software Engineer, Computer scientist

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Edward Gurney is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Edward Gurney Lawyer

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G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. Analyst, Businessperson

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James W. Holsinger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
James W. Holsinger Physician

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Edmund M. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Edmund M. Clarke Professor, Computer scientist

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Jeffrey Vitter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Jeffrey Vitter Computer scientist, Engineer

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Eric Greitens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Eric Greitens Public speaker, Soldier

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Charles E. Brady, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Charles E. Brady, Jr. Astronaut, Physician

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DeMarcus Nelson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
DeMarcus Nelson Basketball player

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Andrew Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Andrew Baldwin Physician, Surgeon

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Guy Davenport is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Guy Davenport Painter, Novelist, Translator

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Luis von Ahn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Luis von Ahn Professor, Computer scientist

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Diana Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Diana Williams Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist

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Allan Fels is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Allan Fels Public Servant, College Administrator, Professor

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Paul Farmer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Paul Farmer Anthropologist, Physician, Medical Anthropologist

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Ward Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Ward Armstrong Politician, Lawyer