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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."

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Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Richard Nixon Politician, Military Officer, Author Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only U.S. president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a U.S. representative ...more

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Christian Laettner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Christian Laettner Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Businessperson Christian Donald Laettner is an American former basketball player, entrepreneur, and basketball coach. He had a distinguished college and Olympic team career. After college, he played for 6 ...more

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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Ron Paul Politician, Author, Physician Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul is an American physician, author, and former Republican congressman, two-time Republican presidential candidate, and the presidential nominee of the ...more

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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 Charles Peete Rose Jr. (born January 5, 1942) is an American television journalist and former talk show host. From 1991 to 2017, he was the host and executive producer of the talk show Charlie ...more

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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Grant Hill Basketball player Grant Henry Hill is a retired American basketball player. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the National Basketball Association; the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, ...more

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Dan Abrams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Dan Abrams Television director, Journalist, Television producer Dan Abrams is an American television host, legal commentator, Web entrepreneur and author. former anchor of Nightline and the Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News He worked as chief legal ...more

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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Melinda Gates Businessperson Melinda French Gates, is an American businessperson and philanthropist. She is the wife of Bill Gates, and the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked at Microsoft, ...more

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

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Sean Flynn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Sean Flynn Journalist, Actor, Photographer Sean Leslie Flynn was an American actor and freelance photojournalist best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War. Flynn was the only child of Australian-American actor Errol Flynn and his ...more

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Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Carlos Boozer Basketball player Carlos Austin Boozer, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. As a member of Team USA, Boozer won ...more

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Henry Hartsfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Henry Hartsfield Astronaut Henry Warren "Hank" Hartsfield, Jr. was a United States Air Force officer and a USAF and NASA astronaut who logged over 480 hours in space.

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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 George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics. With degrees from Duke University in chemistry and zoology, he co-authored ...more

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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Russell Kirk Historian, Author, Writer Russell Kirk was an American political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, literary critic, and fiction author known for his influence on 20th century American conservatism. His 1953 ...more

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William Kennedy Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
William Kennedy Smith Physician William Kennedy Smith is an American physician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of landmine victims. He is a member of the prominent Kennedy family and is famous for a ...more

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Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Tim Cook Businessperson Timothy Donald "Tim" Cook is an American business executive, and is the CEO of Apple Inc. Cook joined Apple in March 1998 as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations—he also ...more

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Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Kara DioGuardi Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, music publisher, A&R executive, composer and TV personality. She writes music primarily in the pop rock genre. ...more

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Ben Mulroney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Ben Mulroney Actor, Presenter Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney is a Canadian television host. He is the oldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

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William Styron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
William Styron Novelist, Screenwriter, Author William Clark Styron, Jr. was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work. For much of his career, Styron was best known for his novels, including: Lie Down in ...more

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David Rubenstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
David Rubenstein Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Lawyer David Mark Rubenstein is an American financier and philanthropist best known as co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment firm based in ...more

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David Drake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
David Drake Novelist, Writer David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction

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John T. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
John T. Chambers Businessperson John Thomas Chambers is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Drew Rosenhaus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Drew Rosenhaus Businessperson, Actor, Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus is an American sports agent who represents professional football players. He owns the Miami-based sports agency, Rosenhaus Sports, and has negotiated over $2 billion of NFL

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Charles Hard Townes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Charles Hard Townes Physicist, Scientist Charles Hard Townes was an American Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor. Townes was known for his work on the theory and application of the maser, on which he got the fundamental patent, ...more

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Harry Weller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Harry Weller 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
Henry Hyde Politician, Lawyer Henry John Hyde, an American politician, was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 2007, representing the 6th District of Illinois, an area of Chicago's ...more

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Bill Gross is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Bill Gross Investor, Entrepreneur William Hunt "Bill" Gross is an American financial manager and author. He co-founded Pacific Investment Management. Gross also ran PIMCO's $270.0 billion Total Return Fund. Gross left ...more

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Bob Wise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Bob Wise Politician Robert Ellsworth "Bob" Wise, Jr. is an American politician. A Democrat, Wise served as the 33rd Governor of West Virginia from January 2001 to January 2005.

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Robert A. Jarrow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Robert A. Jarrow Professor, Economist Robert Alan Jarrow is the Ronald P. and Susan E. Lynch Professor of Investment Management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University. Professor Jarrow is a co-creator of ...more

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Bailey Chase is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Bailey Chase Actor Bailey Chase is an American stage and television actor known for his role as Butch Ada in the television series Saving Grace, starring as Graham Miller in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Christopher ...more

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Stephanie Niznik is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Stephanie Niznik Actor Stephanie Lynne Niznik is an American film, television, and theatre actress most famous for her role as Nina Feeney on Everwood. Besides Everwood, Niznik's television roles include guest roles ...more

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Richard W. Graber is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Richard W. Graber Lawyer Richard W. Graber is an American lawyer from Wisconsin and Republican politician, who served as United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2006-2009. He was appointed by George W. Bush ...more

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Omid Safi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Omid Safi Professor Omid Safi is an Iranian-American Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, where he is the Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center, and a columnist for On Being. Dr. Safi ...more

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Judy Woodruff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Judy Woodruff Television director, Journalist, TV Journalist Judy Woodruff is an American television news anchor, journalist, and writer. Woodruff has worked at several television organizations, including CNN, NBC News, and PBS. She is a board member at ...more

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Kurt Bollacker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Kurt Bollacker Computer scientist, Scientist Kurt Bollacker is an American computer scientist with a research background in the areas of machine learning, digital libraries, semantic networks, and electro-cardiographic modeling. He ...more

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Fred Brooks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Fred Brooks Mathematician, Software Engineer, Computer scientist Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr. is an American computer architect, software engineer, and computer scientist, best known for managing the development of IBM's System/360 family of computers and ...more

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Edward Gurney is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Edward Gurney Lawyer Edward John Gurney was an American politician from Florida, where he served as a Representative and a United States Senator. He was the first Republican Senator elected from Florida since ...more

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G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. Analyst, Businessperson George Richard "Rick" Wagoner, Jr. is an American businessman and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors. Wagoner resigned as Chairman and CEO at General Motors ...more

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James W. Holsinger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
James W. Holsinger Physician James Wilson Holsinger, Jr., is an American physician. A former major general in the U.S. Army Reserve, he has worked primarily in public health for over thirty years. He served as the Under ...more

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Edmund M. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Edmund M. Clarke Professor, Computer scientist Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr. is a computer scientist and academic noted for developing model checking, a method for formally verifying hardware and software designs. He is the FORE Systems ...more

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Jeffrey Vitter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Jeffrey Vitter Computer scientist, Engineer Jeffrey Scott Vitter is provost and executive vice chancellor and Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. As provost, Dr. Vitter is the chief ...more

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Eric Greitens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Eric Greitens Public speaker, Soldier Eric Robert Greitens is a nonprofit leader, author, speaker, and United States Navy SEAL who lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a former Truman Scholar and Rhodes Scholar and the founder of the ...more

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Charles E. Brady, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Charles E. Brady, Jr. Astronaut, Physician Charles Eldon Brady, Jr. was an American physician, a Captain in the United States Navy and a NASA astronaut.

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DeMarcus Nelson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
DeMarcus Nelson Basketball player DeMarcus De'Juan Nelson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League and the Euroleague. He is a combo guard who has also ...more

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Andrew Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Andrew Baldwin Physician, Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Dr. Andrew James "Andy" Baldwin, USN is a US Naval Officer, ironman triathlete, humanitarian, and physician. He is best known to the American television audience ...more

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Guy Davenport is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Guy Davenport Painter, Novelist, Translator Guy Mattison Davenport was an American writer, translator, illustrator, painter, intellectual, and teacher.

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Luis von Ahn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Luis von Ahn Professor, Computer scientist Luis von Ahn is a Guatemalan entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is known as one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is ...more

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Diana Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Diana Williams Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist Diana Williams is an American television journalist. She is a news anchor at WABC television in New York City, New York, where she co-anchors, with Sade Baderinwa, the one-hour 5 p.m. Eyewitness ...more

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Allan Fels is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Allan Fels Public Servant, College Administrator, Professor Professor Allan Herbert Miller Fels AO is an Australian economist, lawyer and public servant. He was most widely known in his role as chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer ...more

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Paul Farmer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Paul Farmer Anthropologist, Physician, Medical Anthropologist Paul Edward Farmer is an American anthropologist and physician who is best known for his humanitarian work providing suitable health care to rural and under-resourced areas in developing ...more

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Ward Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Ward Armstrong Politician, Lawyer Ward Lynn Armstrong is an American trial lawyer and Democratic politician. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates, with a stint as minority leader, from 1992 until he was defeated for ...more