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

These graduates, like Frank Capra and Howard Hughes include images when available.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to California Institute of Technology?” and “Which celebrities are California Institute of Technology alumni?”

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William Shockley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. Shockley was the manager of a research group that included John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain, the duo who invented the ...more

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Chester Carlson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Patent attorney, Physicist, Inventor Chester Floyd Carlson was an American physicist, inventor, and patent attorney born in Seattle, Washington. He is best known for having invented the process of electrophotography, which produced ...more

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Mark Serrurier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer Mark Serrurier is the son of Dutch-born electrical engineer, Iwan Serrurier, who created the Moviola in 1924 which became the technology used for film editing. Mark was a graduate of Caltech and ...more

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Linus Pauling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Biochemist, Physicist, Chemist Linus Carl Pauling was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, and educator. He was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists ...more

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Frank Borman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astronaut Frank Frederick Borman, II, is a retired United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to ...more

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Arnold Orville Beckman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson, Chemist, Inventor Arnold Orville Beckman was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at Caltech, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, ...more

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Virgil Griffith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Programmer, Researcher, Hacker Virgil Griffith, also known as Romanpoet, is an American software application writer, known for his creation of WikiScanner and the lawsuits filed against him by Blackboard Inc. in 2003. He has ...more

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Harrison Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist, Geologist Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt is an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, university professor and former U.S. senator from New Mexico. In December 1972, as one of the crew on ...more

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Gregory Chamitoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer Gregory Errol Chamitoff is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He was assigned to Expedition 17 and flew to the International Space Station on STS-124, launching 31 May 2008. He was in space 198 ...more

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Garrett Reisman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Flight engineer, Astronaut, Engineer Garrett Erin Reisman is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. He was a backup crew member for Expedition 15 and joined Expedition 16 aboard the International Space Station for a short ...more

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Edward Gibson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Physicist, Astronaut, Engineer Edward George Gibson, Ph.D. is a former astronaut for NASA, a pilot, an engineer, and a physicist. Before becoming a NASA astronaut, Gibson graduated from the University of Rochester and the ...more

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Samuel W. Alderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Inventor Samuel W. Alderson was an inventor best known for his development of the crash test dummy, a device that, during the last half of the twentieth century, was widely used by automobile ...more

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Waiting staff, Salesman, Chemical engineer Frank Russell Capra was an Italian-born American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. His ...more

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Gordon Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson, Chemist, Entrepreneur Gordon Earle Moore is an American businessman and co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation and the author of Moore's law. As of January 2015, his net worth is $6.7 billion.

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William Alfred Fowler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astronomer William Alfred "Willie" Fowler was an American nuclear physicist, later astrophysicist, who, with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar won the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics;.

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Benoit Mandelbrot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Mathematician, Professor, Scientist Benoit B. Mandelbrot was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician, noted for developing a "theory of roughness" and "self-similarity" in nature and the field of ...more

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Bill Gross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur William T. "Bill" Gross is an American businessman. Gross grew up in Encino, California and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute ...more

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John S. Waugh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Chemist John Stewart Waugh was an American chemist and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is known for developing average hamiltonian theory and using it to extend NMR ...more

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Robert L. Behnken is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Test engineer, Astronaut Robert Louis "Bob" Behnken is a United States Air Force officer, NASA astronaut and Chief of the Astronaut Office. Behnken holds a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering and has reached the ...more

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Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Pilot, Investor, Entrepreneur Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was an American business tycoon, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist. During his lifetime, he was one of the wealthiest people ...more

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David Brin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astrophysicist, Novelist, Scientist Glen David Brin is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards. His Campbell Award winning novel The Postman ...more

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David Bohm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Philosopher David Joseph Bohm FRS was an American scientist who has been described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century and who contributed innovative and unorthodox ...more

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Carl David Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Physicist Carl David Anderson was an American physicist. He is best known for his discovery of the positron in 1932, an achievement for which he received the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physics, and of the muon ...more

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Edward B. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Edward B. Lewis was an American geneticist, a corecipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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Thornton Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Thornton "T" Arnold Wilson was the Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer of Boeing corporation. Born in Sikeston, Missouri, Wilson earned his B.S. in aeronautical ...more

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Peter Swerling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Peter Swerling was one of the most influential radar theoreticians in the second half of the 20th century. He is best known for the class of statistically "fluctuating target" ...more

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France A. Córdova is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
France Anne-Dominic Córdova is an American astrophysicist, researcher and university administrator. As of March 2014, she is the director of the National Science Foundation. Previously, ...more

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Donald Knuth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist Donald Ervin Knuth is an American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is the author of the multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming. ...more

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N. Katherine Hayles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
N. Katherine Hayles is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for her contribution to the fields of literature and science, electronic literature, and American literature. She is professor ...more

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Juris Hartmanis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Computer scientist Juris Hartmanis is a prominent computer scientist and computational theorist who, with Richard E. Stearns, received the 1993 ACM Turing Award "in recognition of their seminal paper which ...more

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Ivan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Computer scientist, Engineer Ivan Edward Sutherland is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer. His early work in computer graphics as well as his teaching with David C. Evans in that subject at the University ...more

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Robert Tarjan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Computer scientist, Scientist Robert Endre Tarjan is an American computer scientist and mathematician. He is the discoverer of several graph algorithms, including Tarjan's off-line least common ancestors algorithm, and ...more

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Peter Shor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Mathematician, Computer scientist Peter Williston Shor is an American professor of applied mathematics at MIT, most famous for his work on quantum computation, in particular for devising Shor's algorithm, a quantum algorithm for ...more

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Edward Felten is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Professor, Computer scientist Edward William Felten is a Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University. On November 4, 2010, he was named the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, a ...more

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John McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Professor, Computer scientist, Scientist John McCarthy was an American computer scientist and cognitive scientist. McCarthy was one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence. He coined the term "artificial ...more

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Su Guaning is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Professor, Engineer Su Guaning is a Singaporean academic and the President Emeritus of Nanyang Technological University.

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Vernon L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Professor, Economist Vernon Lomax Smith is professor of economics at Chapman University's Argyros School of Business and Economics and School of Law in Orange, California, a research scholar at George Mason ...more

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Richard A. Searfoss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astronaut, Actor Richard Alan Searfoss is a retired United States Air Force colonel, NASA astronaut and test pilot.

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Robert Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Astronomer Robert Woodrow Wilson is an American astronomer, 1978 Nobel laureate in physics, who with Arno Allan Penzias discovered in 1964 the cosmic microwave background radiation. The award purse was ...more

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Curt Michel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astrophysicist, Astronaut, Astronomer Frank Curtis "Curt" Michel was an American astrophysicist, a former professor of astrophysics at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and a former NASA astronaut.

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Charles Hard Townes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Charles Hard Townes was an American Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor. Townes was known for his work on the theory and application of the maser, on which he got the fundamental patent, ...more

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John S. Chen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson John S. Chen is the CEO of BlackBerry Ltd. Previously, he served as the chief executive officer and president of Sybase, an independent software vendor specializing in data management, ...more

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Solomon Feferman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Mathematician, Logician, Scientist Solomon Feferman is an American philosopher and mathematician with works in mathematical logic. He was born in New York City, New York, and received his Ph.D. in 1957 from the University of ...more

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Stephen Wolfram is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor Stephen Wolfram is a British computer scientist, entrepreneur and former physicist known for his contributions to theoretical physics; his pioneering work on knowledge-based programming; as the ...more

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Carl J. Meade is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astronaut Carl Joseph Meade is a former NASA astronaut.

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C. Gordon Fullerton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer Charles Gordon Fullerton was a United States Air Force colonel, a USAF and NASA astronaut, and a research pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, California. His assignments ...more

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Bert Acosta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Pilot Bertrand Blanchard Acosta was a record setting aviator. With Clarence D. Chamberlin they set an endurance record of 51 hours, 11 minutes, and 25 seconds in the air. He later flew in the Spanish ...more

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George Chang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Chemical engineer, Politician, Film Producer George F.H. Chang is a film producer.

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Alexei Filippenko is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astrophysicist, Professor, Astronomer Alexei Vladimir "Alex" Filippenko is an American astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. Filippenko graduated from Dos Pueblos High School ...more

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Serge Lang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni
Mathematician Serge Lang was a French-born American mathematician. He is known for his work in number theory and for his mathematics textbooks, including the influential Algebra. He was a member of the ...more