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Famous Duke University Alumni

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

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

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Richard Nixon, Grant Hill, and other famous Blue Devils.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Duke University&” and “Which celebrities are Duke University alumni."

Take a look at this list of famous Duke alumni.
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Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Politician, Military Officer, Author

Age: Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)

Birthplace: Yorba Linda, California, United States of America

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th president of the United States from 1969 until 1974. The only president to resign the ...more

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Christian Laettner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Businessperson

Age: 49

Birthplace: Angola, New York

Christian Donald Laettner (, LAYT-nər; born August 17, 1969) is a retired American basketball player whose Hall of Fame career for the Duke Blue Devils is widely regarded as one of the best in ...more

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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Politician, Author, Physician

Age: 83

Birthplace: Green Tree, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Charlie Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Charlie Rose Talk show host, Journalist, Television producer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Henderson, North Carolina, United States of America

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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 46

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972) is a former American professional basketball player and current Hudl videographer for Orlando City SC. He is also currently a host of NBA TV's NBA Inside ...more

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Dan Abrams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Television director, Journalist, Television producer

Age: 52

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

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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 54

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

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Nathaniel Lande is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Journalist, Inventor, Author

Birthplace: Canada, North America, Americas, DVD Region 1

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Sean Flynn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 30 (1941-1971)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Aschaffenburg, Germany

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Henry Hartsfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Astronaut

Age: Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama

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George M. Church is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
George M. Church Geneticist, Chemist, Professor

Age: 64

Birthplace: MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Historian, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 76 (1918-1994)

Birthplace: Plymouth, Michigan

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William Kennedy Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Physician

Age: 58

Birthplace: Brighton, Boston, Massachusetts

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Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 58

Birthplace: Robertsdale, Alabama

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Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter

Age: 48

Birthplace: Ossining, New York, United States of America

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Ben Mulroney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Actor, Presenter

Age: 42

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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William Styron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

Age: Dec. at 81 (1925-2006)

Birthplace: Hilton Village, Virginia, United States of America

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David Rubenstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Lawyer

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

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David Drake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 73

Birthplace: Dubuque, Iowa

David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now a writer in the military ...more
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John T. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 69

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

John Thomas Chambers (born August 23, 1949) is the former executive chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems.
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Drew Rosenhaus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson, Actor, Sports agent

Age: 52

Birthplace: USA, South Orange, New Jersey

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Charles Hard Townes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Physicist, Scientist

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina

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Harry Weller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Venture capitalist
Harry joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He focuses on technology investments and co-leads NEA's activities in China. Harry's current board memberships include Availink, Echo Global, LianLian, ...more
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Henry Hyde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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