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

List below includes James Woods, Yau-Man Chan and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology?” and “Which celebrities are Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni?”
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Andrew Ressler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Andrew Ressler
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Yau-Man Chan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni

Age: 66

Birthplace: East Malaysia, Malaysia

Yau-Man Chan (born August 26, 1952) is a Malaysian-American table tennis player, technology executive, and reality television participant. He was the fourth-place finisher in the reality ...more

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Dawson Engler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Professor
Dawson Engler is Associate Professor of Computer Science and of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.
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Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Professor

Age: 66

Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States of America

Paul Robin Krugman ( (listen) KRUUG-mən; born February 28, 1953) is an American economist who is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, ...more

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Charles Koch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson, Industrialist

Age: 83

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

Charles de Ganahl Koch (; born November 1, 1935) is an American businessman and political donor. As of March 2019, he was ranked as the 11th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net ...more
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James Woods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: Vernal, Utah, United States of America

James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, and producer. His best known roles are Videodrome (1983), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Casino (1995), Nixon ...more

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William Shockley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 79 (1910-1989)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

William Bradford Shockley Jr. (February 13, 1910 – August 12, 1989) was an American physicist and inventor. Shockley was the manager of a research group at Bell Labs that included John Bardeen ...more
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Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut, Author

Age: 89

Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States of America

Buzz Aldrin (born January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and a former astronaut and fighter pilot. Aldrin made three spacewalks as pilot of the 1966 Gemini 12 mission, and as the Apollo Lunar ...more

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Ben Bernanke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson, Professor, Economist

Age: 65

Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, USA

Ben Shalom Bernanke ( bər-NANG-kee; born December 13, 1953) is an American economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as Chair of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the ...more

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Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Author

Age: 76

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Joseph Eugene Stiglitz (; born February 9, 1943) is an American economist, public policy analyst, and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in ...more

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Marcy Kaptur is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Politician, Urban planner

Age: 72

Birthplace: Area codes 419 and 567, Ohio, Area code 419, United States of America, United States, + more

Marcia Carolyn Kaptur (; born June 17, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district and a Democrat. The district stretches from Kaptur's hometown of Toledo to ...more
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Benjamin Netanyahu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Politician, Diplomat

Age: 69

Birthplace: Eurasia, Israel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District

Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין נְתַנְיָהוּ ; born 21 October 1949) is an Israeli politician who has been Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, having previously held the ...more

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Daniel DiLorenzo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Inventor
Daniel John DiLorenzo is a medical device entrepreneur and physician-scientist. He is the inventor of several technologies for the treatment of neurological disease and is the founder of several ...more
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Danny Hillis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Inventor, Computer scientist

Age: 62

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

William Daniel "Danny" Hillis (born September 25, 1956) is an American inventor, entrepreneur, and scientist, who pioneered parallel computers and their use in artificial intelligence. ...more
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Richard Feynman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Richard Feynman Physicist, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 70 (1918-1988)

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

Richard Phillips Feynman, ForMemRS (; May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the ...more

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Peter A Darbee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Peter A Darbee
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Leonard Kleinrock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Professor, Inventor, Computer scientist

Age: 84

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Leonard Kleinrock (born June 13, 1934) is an American computer scientist. A professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, he made several important contributions ...more
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Herman Hollerith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson, Inventor, Statistician

Age: Dec. at 69 (1860-1929)

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

Herman Hollerith (February 29, 1860 – November 17, 1929) was an American inventor who developed an electromechanical punched card tabulator to assist in summarizing information and, later, ...more
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Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 61

Birthplace: Spånga, Stockholm, Sweden

Hans Lundgren (; Swedish: [ˈdɔlːf ˈlɵnːdgreːn] (listen); born 3 November 1957), better known as Dolph Lundgren, is a Swedish actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. Lundgren's breakthrough came in ...more

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Lamberto Andreotti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 68

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Lamberto Andreotti is an Italian businessman. He is currently Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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Lynn Conway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Inventor, Computer scientist, Engineer

Age: 81

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York

Lynn Ann Conway (born January 2, 1938) is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist.Conway is notable for a number of pioneering achievements, ...more
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Gregory Chamitoff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Gregory Errol Chamitoff (born 6 August 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is an engineer and former NASA astronaut. He has been to space twice, spending 6 months aboard the ISS across Expedition ...more
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Jerome Clarke Hunsaker ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Pilot, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer

Age: Dec. at 98 (1886-1984)

Birthplace: Creston, Iowa

Jerome Clarke Hunsaker (August 26, 1886 – September 10, 1984) was an American airman born in Creston, Iowa, and educated at the Naval Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Charles Stark Draper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 86 (1901-1987)

Birthplace: Windsor, Missouri

Charles Stark "Doc" Draper (October 2, 1901 – July 25, 1987) was an American scientist and engineer, known as the "father of inertial navigation". He was the founder and ...more
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Robert Thirsk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Flight engineer, Astronaut, Physician

Age: 65

Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada

Robert Brent "Bob" Thirsk, (born August 17, 1953) is a Canadian engineer and physician, and a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut. He holds the Canadian records for the most time ...more