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Famous California Institute Of Technology Alumni

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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?”
  • William Shockley1

    William Shockley

    Physicist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 79 (1910-1989)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    William Bradford Shockley Jr. (February 13, 1910 – August 12, 1989) was an American physicist...  more
  • Chester Carlson2

    Chester Carlson

    Patent attorney, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 62 (1906-1968)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Chester Floyd Carlson (February 8, 1906 – September 19, 1968) was an American physicist,...  more
  • 3

    Mark Serrurier

    Inventor, Mechanical engineer
    Mark Serrurier (12 May 1904 in Pasadena, California – 14 February 1988) is the son of...  more
  • Linus Pauling4

    Linus Pauling

    Biochemist, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 93 (1901-1994)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Linus Carl Pauling (; February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American chemist,...  more
  • Frank Borman5

    Frank Borman



    BirthplaceGary, Indiana, United States of America

    Frank Frederick Borman II (born March 14, 1928) is a retired United States Air Force (USAF)...  more

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    #32 of 92 Famous Only Children#104 of 112 Celebrities Born On Pi Day

  • Arnold Orville Beckman6

    Arnold Orville Beckman

    Businessperson, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 104 (1900-2004)

    BirthplaceCullom, Illinois

    Arnold Orville Beckman (April 10, 1900 – May 18, 2004) was an American chemist, inventor,...  more
  • Virgil Griffith7

    Virgil Griffith

    Programmer, Researcher


    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Virgil Griffith (born 1983), also known as Romanpoet, is an American programmer, known for...  more
  • Harrison Schmitt8

    Harrison Schmitt

    Astronaut, Scientist


    BirthplaceSanta Rita, New Mexico, United States of America

    Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt (born July 3, 1935) is an American geologist, retired NASA...  more
  • Gregory Chamitoff9

    Gregory Chamitoff

    Astronaut, Engineer


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Gregory Errol Chamitoff (born 6 August 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is an engineer and...  more
  • Garrett Reisman10

    Garrett Reisman

    Flight engineer, Astronaut


    BirthplaceMorristown, New Jersey

    Garrett Erin Reisman (; born February 10, 1968) is an American engineer and former NASA...  more
  • Edward Gibson11

    Edward Gibson

    Physicist, Astronaut


    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    Edward George Gibson (born November 8, 1936) is a former NASA astronaut, pilot, engineer, and...  more
  • 12

    AgeDec. at 91 (1914-2005)


    Samuel W. Alderson (October 21, 1914 – February 11, 2005) was an American inventor best known...  more
  • Frank Capra13

    Frank Capra

    Waiting staff, Salesman

    AgeDec. at 94 (1897-1991)

    BirthplaceBisacquino, Italy

    Frank Russell Capra (born Francesco Rosario Capra; May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an...  more

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    #25 of 120 The Best Comedy Directors in Film History#255 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Gordon Moore14

    Gordon Moore

    Businessperson, Chemist


    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Gordon Earle Moore (born January 3, 1929) is an American businessman, engineer, and the...  more
  • William Alfred Fowler15

    AgeDec. at 84 (1911-1995)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    William Alfred Fowler (August 9, 1911 – March 14, 1995) was an American nuclear physicist,...  more
  • Benoit Mandelbrot16

    Benoit Mandelbrot

    Mathematician, Professor

    AgeDec. at 86 (1924-2010)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Benoit B.  Mandelbrot  (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) was a Polish-born, French and...  more
  • Bill Gross17

    Bill Gross

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    William Gross, William Gros or Bill Gross may refer to: William Hickley Gross (1837–1898),...  more
  • John S. Waugh18

    AgeDec. at 85 (1929-2014)

    BirthplaceWillimantic, Connecticut

    John Stewart Waugh (April 25, 1929 – August 22, 2014) was an American chemist and Institute...  more
  • Robert L. Behnken19

    Robert L. Behnken

    Test engineer, Astronaut


    BirthplaceCreve Coeur, St. Louis, Missouri

    Robert Louis "Bob" Behnken (born July 28, 1970 in Creve Coeur, Missouri) is a United States...  more
  • Howard Hughes20

    Howard Hughes

    Pilot, Investor

    AgeDec. at 71 (1905-1976)

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Humble

    Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American business magnate,...  more

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    #561 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#599 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • David Brin21

    David Brin

    Astrophysicist, Novelist


    BirthplaceGlendale, California, United States of America

    Glen David Brin (born October 6, 1950) is an American scientist and author of science fiction....  more

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    #493 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#42 of 208 The Best Science-Fiction Authors

  • David Bohm22

    David Bohm

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 75 (1917-1992)

    BirthplaceWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

    David Joseph Bohm (; December 20, 1917 – October 27, 1992) was an American scientist who has...  more
  • Carl David Anderson23

    AgeDec. at 86 (1905-1991)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Carl David Anderson (September 3, 1905 – January 11, 1991) was an American physicist. He is...  more
  • Edward B. Lewis24
    Edward Butts Lewis (May 20, 1918 – July 21, 2004) was an American geneticist, a corecipient of...  more
  • 25
    Thornton "T" Arnold Wilson (February 8, 1921 – April 10, 1999) was the Chairman of the Board...  more