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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