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Famous Cooper Union Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1
    Film Producer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 89 (1883-1972)

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland

    Max Fleischer (born Majer Fleischer ; July 19, 1883 – September 25, 1972) was a Polish-American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Born in Kraków, Poland, Fleischer became a pioneer in...  more
  • 2

    AgeDec. at 44 (1848-1892)

    BirthplaceClonakilty, Republic of Ireland

    William Michael Harnett (August 10, 1848 – October 29, 1892) was an Irish-American painter known for his trompe-l'œil still lifes of ordinary objects....  more
  • 3
    Chemist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 88 (1849-1937)

    BirthplaceDresden, Germany

    Victor Gustav Bloede I (March 14, 1849 – March 27, 1937), (pronounced as Blerda) was a chemist and manufacturer of chemicals, president of the Victor G. Bloede Company, and businessman....  more
  • 4
    Inventor, Architect


    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts

    Chuck Hoberman is an artist, engineer, architect, and inventor of folding toys and structures, most notably the Hoberman sphere....  more
  • 5

    AgeDec. at 59 (1848-1907)

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    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 for further...  more
  • 6
    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 68 (1940-2008)

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa

    Thomas Michael Disch (February 2, 1940 – July 4, 2008) was an American science fiction author and poet. He won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book – previously called "Best Non-Fiction Book" – in...  more
  • 7
    Screenwriter, Graphic Designer


    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    Michael Chadbourne Mills (born March 20, 1966) is an American film and music video director, writer and graphic designer. He is best known for his independent films Thumbsucker, Beginners, and 20th...  more
  • 8
    Illustrator, Painter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    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 (2010). Drooker grew up in Manhattan's...  more
  • 9

    AgeDec. at 75 (1924-2000)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    George Segal (November 26, 1924 – June 9, 2000) 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....  more
  • 10
    Designer, Graphic Designer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Milton Glaser (born June 26, 1929) is an American graphic designer. His designs include the I ❤ NY logo, the psychedelic Bob Dylan poster, and the Brooklyn Brewery logo. In 1954, he also co-founded...  more
  • 11
    Graphic Designer

    AgeDec. at 63 (1918-1981)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Herbert F. "Herb" Lubalin (; March 17, 1918 – May 24, 1981) was an American graphic designer. He collaborated with Ralph Ginzburg on three of Ginzburg's magazines: Eros, Fact, and Avant Garde, and...  more
  • 12
    Penciller, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Robert Kane (born Robert Kahn ; October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book writer and artist who co-created, with Bill Finger, the DC Comics character Batman. He was inducted...  more
  • 13
    Computer scientist

    AgeDec. at 84 (1917-2002)

    Charles Rosen (December 7, 1917 – December 8, 2002) was a pioneer in artificial intelligence and founder of SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center. He led the project that led to the...  more
  • 14
    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 his...  more
  • 15


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Joel-Peter Witkin (born September 13, 1939) is an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with themes such as death, corpses (and sometimes dismembered...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 46 (1931-1978)

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    George Maciunas (English: ; Lithuanian: Jurgis Mačiūnas; November 8, 1931 – May 9, 1978) was a Lithuanian American artist. He was a founding member and the central coordinator of Fluxus, an...  more
  • 17
    Graphic Designer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Seymour Chwast is a graphic designer....  more
  • 18
    John Alcorn (February 10, 1935 – January 27, 1992) was an American commercial artist and designer, and an illustrator of children's books. In addition to his accomplishments in the areas of...  more
  • 19

    AgeDec. at 74 (1932-2007)

    BirthplaceChagrin Falls, Ohio

    Ronald Brooks Kitaj (; October 29, 1932 – October 21, 2007) was an American artist with Jewish roots who spent much of his life in England....  more
  • 20
    Illustrator, Writer


    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Ashley F. Bryan (born July 13, 1923) 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...  more
  • 21
    Designer, Architect


    BirthplaceŁódź, Poland

    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
  • 22
    Painter, Artist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Alex Katz born July 24, 1927, is an American figurative artist known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints. He is represented by numerous galleries internationally....  more
  • 23


    BirthplaceNew York

    Audrey L. Flack (born May 30, 1931 in New York City, New York) is an American artist. Her work pioneered the art genre of photorealism; her work encompasses painting, sculpture, and...  more
  • 24
    Novelist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 78 (1926-2005)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Ed McBain (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) 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...  more
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 61 (1939-2001)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Fred Marcellino (October 25, 1939 – July 12, 2001) 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...  more
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