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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

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Fred Marcellino is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Illustrator Fred Marcellino was an American illustrator and later an author of children's books who was very influential in the book industry. Publisher Nan Talese said that Marcellino could "in one ...more

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Lee Krasner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Lee Krasner Artist Lee Krasner appeared in Jackson Pollock film.

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Vlad Gorelik is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Vlad Gorelik is responsible for the overall architecture of the Primary Response products and technologies. Prior to joining Sana Security, Mr. Gorelik was a co-founder and CTO of Optivo ...more

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Thom Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer Thomas "Thom" Fitzgerald is an award winning American-Canadian film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright and producer.

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Eva Hesse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist Eva Hesse, was a Jewish German-born American sculptor, known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics. She is one of the artists who ushered in the ...more

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Christian Marclay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist Christian Ernest Marclay is a Swiss and American visual artist and composer. Marclay's work explores connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film. A pioneer of using gramophone ...more

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Shigeru Ban is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Shigeru Ban Actor, Architect Shigeru Ban is a Japanese architect, known for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. He was profiled by ...more

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Hugo Gellert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Muralist, Illustrator, Writer Hugo Gellert was a Hungarian-American illustrator and muralist. A committed radical, much of Gellert's work is agitational in nature and distinctive in style, considered by some art critics as ...more

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Steve Brodner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Steve Brodner Steve Brodner is a satirical illustrator and caricaturist working for publications in the US since the 1970's. He is accepted in the fields of journalism and the graphic arts as a master of the ...more

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Adolph Alexander Weinman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Adolph Alexander Weinman Adolph Alexander Weinman was an American sculptor and architectural sculptor, born in Durmersheim, near Karlsruhe, Germany. His son Robert Weinman was also a sculptor.

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Thomas W. Lamb is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Architect Thomas White Lamb was an American architect, born in Scotland. He is noted as one of the foremost designers of theaters and cinemas in the 20th century.

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Alfred Andriola is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Alfred Andriola Alfred James Andriola was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Kerry Drake, for which he won a Reuben Award in 1970. His work sometimes appeared under the pseudonym Alfred ...more

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Jerome Myers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Jerome Myers Jerome Myers was a U.S. artist and writer associated with the Ashcan School, best known for his sympathetic depictions of the urban landscape. He was one of the main organizers of the 1913 ...more

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Philip Taaffe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Philip Taaffe Artist Philip Taaffe is an American artist, who has shown his works all around the world. His work sometimes blended motifs from multiple cultures.

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John Hejduk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Architect John Quentin Hejduk was an American architect, artist and educator of Czech origin who spent much of his life in New York City, USA. Hejduk is noted for his use of attractive and often ...more

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Calvin Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Theatre Director, Taxi driver, Restaurateur Calvin Lockhart was a Bahamian-American stage and film actor. He was best known for his role as Biggie Smalls, a big-time gangster in the 1975 Warner Bros. film Let's Do It Again alongside ...more

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George Frederick Kunz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
George Frederick Kunz George Frederick Kunz was an American mineralogist and mineral collector.

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Clemens Kalischer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Photographer Clemens Kalischer is a photojournalist and art photographer. He emigrated to France via Switzerland and then to the United States via Morocco. From 1944 through 1946 he studied arts at the ...more

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Gregory Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Artist Gregory Joseph Gillespie was an American magic realist painter.

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Conrad Marca-Relli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Conrad Marca-Relli Artist Conrad Marca-Relli was an American artist who belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized across ...more

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Simms Taback is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Writer Simms Taback was an American writer, graphic artist, and illustrator of more than 35 books. He won the 2000 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Joseph Had a Little ...more

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Edward Sorel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Cartoonist Edward Sorel is an illustrator, caricaturist, cartoonist, and graphic designer whose work is known for its storytelling, its left-liberal social commentary its criticism of reactionary ...more

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Patty Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Patricia Lea "Patty" Jenkins is an American film director and writer. She grew up around the world and attended the AFI Conservatory. She graduated from The Cooper Union for the ...more

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Emma Lampert Cooper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
Emma Lampert Cooper Emma Lampert Cooper was a painter from Rochester, New York, described as "a painter of exceptional ability". She studied in Rochester, New York; New York City under William Merritt ...more

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William King is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Cooper Union Alumni
William King William King was a contemporary American sculptor born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1925. His work spanned countless media and usually revolved around the figurative portrayal of human figures. ...more