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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

Age: Died at 85 (1922-2007)

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five ...more

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Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 52 (1952-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Christopher D'Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor who played DC comic book superhero Superman, beginning with the acclaimed Superman (1978), for which he ...more

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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Comedian, Educator, Screenwriter

Age: age 63

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

William Sanford Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. He is best known as ...more

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Commentator, Comedian, Television producer

Age: age 63

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

William Maher (; born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, political commentator, and television host. He is known for the HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher (2003–present) ...more

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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Comedian, Author, Actor

Age: age 58

Birthplace: Dolton, Illinois, United States of America

Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American actress, voice actress, author, singer and comedian. She is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the musical television series Glee. ...more

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Gabrielle Giffords is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician

Age: age 48

Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, USA

Gabrielle Dee Giffords (born June 8, 1970) is an American politician from Arizona and a gun control advocate. As a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, she ...more

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Keith Olbermann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Actor

Age: age 60

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Keith Theodore Olbermann (; born January 27, 1959) is an American sports and political commentator and writer. He currently works for ESPN. Olbermann spent the first 20 years of his career in ...more

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Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Commentator, Author, Writer

Age: age 57

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Ann Hart Coulter (; born December 8, 1961) is an American far-right media pundit, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She became known as a media pundit in the late 1990s, appearing in print and ...more

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Robert Smigel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Humorist, Comedian, Television producer

Age: age 59

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Robert Smigel (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor, humorist, puppeteer, comedian and writer known for his Saturday Night Live "TV Funhouse" cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer ...more

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Irene Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: age 65

Birthplace: Westbury, New York

Irene Blecker Rosenfeld (born May 3, 1953) was the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Mondelēz International. Rosenfeld's career began at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample a New York City ...more
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Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Professor, Astronaut, Scientist

Age: age 62

Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, USA

Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel in space when she served as a mission ...more

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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Professor

Age: age 88

Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States of America

Chloe Anthony Wofford "Toni" Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019) was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at ...more

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David Einhorn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
David Einhorn

Age: age 50

David M. Einhorn (born November 20, 1968) is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He is the founder and president of Greenlight Capital, a "long-short ...more
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Arthur Laurents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Writer

Age: Dec. at 94 (1917-2011)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 – May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter.After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. ...more
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Greg Graffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Record producer, Professor, Musician

Age: age 54

Birthplace: USA, Wisconsin, Racine

Gregory Walter Graffin, Ph.D (born November 6, 1964) is an American punk rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, college lecturer, and author. He is most recognized as the lead vocalist, ...more

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Raj Gupta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Raj Gupta
Raj Gupta may refer to: Rajat Gupta, former Managing Director of McKinsey & Company implicated in an insider trading scandal Rajiv L. Gupta, chairman of Delphi Automotive
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Adolphe Menjou is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Radio personality, Actor

Age: Dec. at 73 (1890-1963)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Adolphe Jean Menjou (February 18, 1890 – October 29, 1963) was an American actor. His career spanned both silent films and talkies. He appeared in such films as Charlie Chaplin's A Woman of ...more

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

Age: age 34

Birthplace: Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Summer Rayne Oakes (born June 1984) is an American fashion model, environmental activist, author, and entrepreneur, known as the world's first "eco-model".
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Marshall Kirk McKusick ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Programmer, Computer scientist

Age: age 65

Marshall Kirk McKusick (born January 19, 1954) is a computer scientist, known for his extensive work on BSD UNIX, from the 1980s to FreeBSD in the present day. He was president of the USENIX ...more
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Willis Carrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 74 (1876-1950)

Birthplace: Angola, New York

Willis Haviland Carrier (November 26, 1876 – October 7, 1950) was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning. Carrier invented the first electrical air conditioning ...more
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Sandy Berger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Politician, Lobbyist

Age: age 73

Birthplace: New York City, Millerton, New York, USA

Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger (October 28, 1945 – December 2, 2015) was a political consultant who served as the United States National Security Advisor for President Bill Clinton from ...more

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Edward Andrew Deeds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 86 (1874-1960)

Birthplace: Granville, Ohio

Edward Andrew Deeds (March 12, 1874 – July 1, 1960) was an American engineer, inventor and industrialist prominent in the Dayton, Ohio area. He was the president of the National Cash Register ...more
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Abraham L. Brick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Abraham L. Brick

Age: Dec. at 48 (1860-1908)

Abraham Lincoln Brick (May 27, 1860 – April 7, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. Born on his father's farm, near South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, Brick attended the common ...more
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Randi Weingarten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Educator, Trade unionist, Lawyer

Age: age 61

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Randi Weingarten (born December 18, 1957) is an American labor leader, attorney, and educator. She is president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and a member of the AFL-CIO. She is ...more
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Harry Edwards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni
Sociologist

Age: age 76

Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois

Harry Edwards (born November 22, 1942) is an American sociologist and civil rights activist. He completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University and is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University ...more