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

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

This list has everything from Bill Maher to Jane Lynch and other famous Cornell alumni. Go Big Red!

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

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Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was an American writer. His works, such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions, blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen, he ...more

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Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Christopher D'Olier Reeve was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion picture ...more

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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Comedian, Educator, Screenwriter William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist, and former mechanical ...more

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Commentator, Comedian, Television producer William "Bill" Maher, Jr. is an American political satirist, writer, producer, political commentator, television host, actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian. Before his role as ...more

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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Comedian, Author, Actor Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Lynch's television cameos include an ...more

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Gabrielle Giffords is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician Gabrielle Dee "Gabby" Giffords is a retired American politician from the U.S. state of Arizona. As a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, she represented ...more

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Keith Olbermann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Actor Keith Theodore Olbermann is an American sports and political commentator and writer. As of 2013 he hosts a late-night show on ESPN2 and TSN2 called Olbermann, as well as being the studio host of ...more

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Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Commentator, Author, Writer Ann Hart Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public ...more

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Robert Smigel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Humorist, Comedian, Television producer Robert Smigel is an American actor, humorist, comedian and writer known for his Saturday Night Live "TV Funhouse" cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer and voice behind Triumph, the

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Irene Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Businessperson Irene Rosenfeld, a native New Yorker, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods in June 2006. She assumed the additional post of Chairman in March 2007, following Altria Groups ...more

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Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Professor, Astronaut, Scientist Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on ...more

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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Professor Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The ...more

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David Einhorn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
David Einhorn David Einhorn, an American hedge fund manager, is the founder and president of Greenlight Capital, a "long-short value-oriented hedge fund." He started Greenlight Capital in 1996 with ...more

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Arthur Laurents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Writer Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during World War II, ...more

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Greg Graffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Record producer, Professor, Musician Gregory Walter Graffin is an American punk rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, college lecturer, and author. He is most recognized as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and only constant ...more

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Raj Gupta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Raj Gupta Raj Gupta full name Rajiv L Gupta born on 23 December 1945 in Muzaffarnagar India in the family of Phool Prakash and Rukmini Sahai. Raj is the former Chief executive officer and president of ...more

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Adolphe Menjou is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Radio personality, Actor Adolphe Jean Menjou was an American actor. His career spanned both silent films and talkies. He appeared in such films as Charles Chaplin's A Woman of Paris, in which he played the lead role; ...more

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Summer Rayne Oakes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model

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Marshall Kirk McKusick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Programmer, Computer scientist Marshall Kirk McKusick is a computer scientist, known for his extensive work on BSD, from the 1980s to FreeBSD in the present day. He was president of the USENIX Association from 1990 to 1992 ...more

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Willis Carrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer Willis Haviland Carrier was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning.

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Sandy Berger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Politician, Lobbyist Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger was the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs to President Bill Clinton, from 1997 to 2001. He was also one of the prominent actors of ...more

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Edward Andrew Deeds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor Edward Andrew Deeds was an American engineer, inventor and industrialist prominent in the Dayton, Ohio area.

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Abraham L. Brick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Abraham L. Brick Abraham Lincoln Brick was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. Born on his father's farm, near South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, Brick attended the common schools and was graduated from the ...more

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Randi Weingarten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Educator, Trade unionist, Lawyer Randi Weingarten is an American labor leader, attorney, and educator. She is president of the American Federation of Teachers and a member of the AFL-CIO. She is the former president of the ...more

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Harry Edwards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Sociologist Harry Edwards is an African-American sociologist who took his PhD at Cornell University and is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Edwards' career has ...more

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Val A. Browning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor Val Allen Browning was an American industrialist, philanthropist and third-generation gun innovator. His grandfather, Jonathan Browning, opened a gun shop in Ogden, Utah in 1852 and his father, ...more

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Harry Coover is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor Harry Wesley Coover, Jr. was the inventor of Eastman 910, commonly known as Super Glue.

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Dane Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Television director, Model, Actor Dane Clark was an American film actor who was known for playing, as he labeled himself, "Joe Average".

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John M. Olin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer John Merrill Olin was an American businessman. He was the son of Franklin W. Olin.

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Laurens Hammond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor Laurens Hammond, was an American engineer and inventor. His inventions include, most famously, the Hammond organ, the Hammond Clock, and the world's first polyphonic musical synthesizer, the ...more

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Adolph Coors II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Adolph Coors II Adolph Herman Joseph Coors, Jr. was an American businessman. He was the son of Louisa and brewer Adolph Coors, and the second President of Coors Brewing Company.

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Ratan Tata is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur Ratan Naval Tata is an Indian businessman and chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons. He was the chairman of Tata Group, a Mumbai-based conglomerate from 1991–2012. He stepped down as the chairman of ...more

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Adolph Coors III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Adolph Coors III Adolph Coors III was the grandson of Adolph Coors and heir to the Coors beer empire.

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Robert C. Baker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor, Scientist Robert C. Baker was an inventor and Cornell University professor who invented the chicken nugget as well as many other poultry related inventions. Due to his contributions to the poultry ...more

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Adrian Sexton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Adrian Sexton Businessperson

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David H. Shepard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer David Hammond Shepard was a prolific American inventor, who invented among other things, the first optical character recognition device, first voice recognition system and the Farrington B ...more

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Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai is an Indian politician. He served as Governor of Bihar, West Bengal, and Haryana states. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha, upper house of the Indian parliament from ...more

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Sanford I. Weill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Businessperson Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill is an American banker, financier and philanthropist. He is a former chief executive and chairman of Citigroup. He served in those positions from 1998 until ...more

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Irwin M. Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Irwin Mark Jacobs is an electrical engineer, a co-founder and former chairman of Qualcomm, and chair of the board of trustees of the Salk Institute.

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Leonard Lipton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Physicist, Inventor Leonard "Lenny" Lipton is a well-known author, filmmaker and stereoscopic vision system inventor. Lipton wrote the lyrics to the song "Puff the Magic Dragon" as a 19-year-old ...more

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Ed Marinaro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Actor, American football player Ed Marinaro is an American former football player turned actor. He is known for finishing as a runner up to Pat Sullivan for the 1971 Heisman Trophy and starring as Marty Daniels in the football ...more

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Roy Levien is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor Roy Levien is in the Top 60 all-time most prolific inventors in the world, with over 380 issued US patents and more than 1,260 US patent applications. He is also the recipient of the Microsoft ...more

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Alice Dunbar Nelson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Journalist, Writer Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson was an American poet, journalist and political activist. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, she was one of the prominent ...more

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Helen Johnson-Leipold is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Businessperson Helen Johnson-Leipold is the daughter of Samuel Curtis Johnson, Jr., who died in 2004, and Imogene Powers Johnson and the great great granddaughter of S. C. Johnson & Son founder Samuel ...more

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Winnie Johnson-Marquart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Businessperson Winnie Johnson-Marquart is President of the Johnson Family Foundation. She is tied with her 3 siblings and mother at #215 on the Forbes 400 list of Richest Americans. She is the daughter of ...more

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Catherine Hicks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Actor, Singer Catherine Mary Hicks is an American television, film, and stage actress. She is best known for her role as Annie Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven. Other notable roles have ...more

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Edward Bernays is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Author, Public Relations Consultant Edward Louis James Bernays was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as "the father of public relations". He ...more

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Franchot Tone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Actor Franchot Tone was an American stage, film, and television actor, star of many successful films and television series throughout his career, such as Bonanza, Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone, The ...more

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Alexander H. Joffe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Alexander H. Joffe Alexander H. Joffe Alex Joffe is an archaeologist and historian. Joffe graduated from Cornell University in 1981 with a B.A in History and received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from ...more

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She ...more