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

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

List contains graduates like Thomas M. Disch and Max Fleischer.

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

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Max Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Inventor
Max Fleischer was an Polish Jewish American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Fleischer was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer ...more

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William Harnett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist
William Michael Harnett was an Irish-American painter known for his trompe-l'œil still lifes of ordinary objects.

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Victor Gustav Bloede is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Chemist, Inventor, Scientist
Victor Gustav Bloede, was a chemist and manufacturer of chemicals, president of the Victor G. Bloede Company, and businessman.

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Chuck Hoberman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Inventor, Architect, Engineer
Chuck Hoberman is an artist, engineer, architect, and inventor of folding toys and structures, most notably the Hoberman sphere.

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist
Augustus Saint-Gaudens was an American sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who most embodied the ideals of the "American Renaissance". Raised in New York City, he traveled to Europe ...more

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Thomas M. Disch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author
Thomas Michael Disch was an American science fiction author and poet. He won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book – previously called "Best Non-Fiction Book" – in 1999, and he had two ...more

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Mike Mills is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Screenwriter, Graphic Designer, Music video director
Michael C. "Mike" Mills is an American film and music video director and graphic designer. He is perhaps best known for his independent films Thumbsucker and Beginners.

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Eric Drooker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Illustrator, Painter, Cartoonist
Eric Drooker is an American painter, graphic novelist, and frequent cover artist for The New Yorker. He conceived and designed the animation for the film Howl. Drooker grew up in Manhattan's ...more

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George Segal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist
George Segal was an American painter and sculptor associated with the Pop Art movement. He was presented with the United States National Medal of Arts in 1999.

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Milton Glaser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Designer, Graphic Designer
Milton Glaser is an American graphic designer. His designs include the I ♥ NY logo, his Bob Dylan poster, the DC bullet logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005, and the Brooklyn Brewery logo. ...more

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Herb Lubalin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Graphic Designer
Herbert F. Lubalin was an American graphic designer. He collaborated with Ralph Ginzburg on three of Ginzburg's magazines: Eros, Fact, and Avant Garde, and was responsible for the creative ...more

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Bob Kane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Penciller, Screenwriter, Cartoonist
Bob Kane was an American comic book artist, who with the belatedly credited Bill Finger created the DC Comics superhero Batman. He was inducted into the comic-book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of ...more

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Charles Rosen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Computer scientist
Charles Rosen was a pioneer in artificial intelligence and founder of SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center. He led the project that led to the development of Shakey the Robot, ...more

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David Heymann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Architect
David Heymann is an American architect who was commissioned by President George W. Bush to design an environmentally friendly house for the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. He received ...more

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Joel-Peter Witkin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Photographer
Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses, and various outsiders such as dwarves, transsexuals, ...more

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Tom Wesselmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist
Tom Wesselmann was an American artist associated with the Pop Art movement who worked in painting, collage and sculpture.

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George Maciunas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist
George Maciunas was a Lithuanian-born American artist. He was a founding member and the central coordinator of Fluxus, an international community of artists, architects, composers, and ...more

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Seymour Chwast is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Graphic Designer
Seymour Chwast is a graphic designer.

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John Alcorn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
John Alcorn
John Alcorn was an American commercial artist and designer, and an illustrator of children's books. In addition to his accomplishments in the areas of packaging, corporate and dimensional ...more

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R. B. Kitaj is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist
Ronald Brooks Kitaj was an American artist with Jewish roots who spent much of his life in England.

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Ashley Bryan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Illustrator, Writer, Teacher
Ashley F. Bryan is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. Most of his subjects are from the African American experience. He was U.S. nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen ...more

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Daniel Libeskind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Designer, Architect
Daniel Libeskind is a Polish-American architect, artist, professor and set designer of Polish Jewish descent. Libeskind founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its ...more

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Alex Katz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Painter, Artist
Alex Katz is an American figurative artist. In particular, he is known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints and is represented by numerous galleries internationally.

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Audrey Flack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist
Audrey L. Flack is an American artist. Her work pioneered the art genre of photorealism and her art is expressed through painting and sculpture. Audrey Flack has numerous prestigious degrees ...more

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Evan Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author
Ed McBain was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even ...more