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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
Yau-Man Chan is a Malaysian-American table tennis player, technology executive, and reality television participant. He was the fourth place finisher in the reality television series Survivor: ...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
Paul Robin Krugman is an American economist, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Centenary ...more
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Charles Koch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson, Industrialist
Charles de Ganahl Koch is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, while his brother David H. Koch ...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
James Howard Woods is an American actor, producer and voice artist. After his first Golden Globe nomination for a breakthrough role in The Onion Field, Woods starred in Once Upon a Time in ...more
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William Shockley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist
William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. Shockley was the manager of a research group that included John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain, the duo who invented the ...more
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Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut, Author
Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set ...more
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Ben Bernanke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson, Professor, Economist
Ben Shalom Bernanke is an American economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States from 2006 to 2014. During ...more
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Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Author
Joseph Eugene Stiglitz, ForMemRS, FBA is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark ...more
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Marcy Kaptur is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Politician, Urban planner
Marcia Carolyn "Marcy" Kaptur is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, who has served since 1983. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, ...more
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Benjamin Netanyahu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Politician, Diplomat
Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel. He also currently serves as a member of the Knesset, Chairman of the Likud party and Minister of Public Diplomacy and ...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
William Daniel "Danny" Hillis is an American inventor, engineer, mathematician, entrepreneur, and author. He co-founded Thinking Machines Corporation, a company that developed the ...more
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Richard Feynman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Physicist, Scientist
Richard Phillips Feynman, ForMemRS was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and 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
Peter A. Darbee was the former Chief Executive Officer of PG&E Corporation.
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Leonard Kleinrock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Professor, Inventor, Computer scientist
Leonard Kleinrock is an American engineer and computer scientist. A computer science professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, he made several important ...more
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Herman Hollerith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson, Inventor, Statistician
Herman Hollerith was an American statistician and inventor who developed a mechanical tabulator based on punched cards to rapidly tabulate statistics from millions of pieces of data. He was the ...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
Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, and martial artist. He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomise the action hero stereotype, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, ...more
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Lamberto Andreotti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Businessperson
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
Lynn Conway is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist. Conway is notable for a number of pioneering achievements, including the Mead & Conway ...more
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Gregory Chamitoff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer
Gregory Errol Chamitoff is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He was assigned to Expedition 17 and flew to the International Space Station on STS-124, launching 31 May 2008. He was in space 198 ...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
Jerome Clarke Hunsaker 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
Charles Stark "Doc" Draper was an American scientist and engineer, known as the "father of inertial navigation". He was the founder and director of the Massachusetts ...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
Robert Brent "Bob" Thirsk, OC OBC is a Canadian engineer and physician, and a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut. He holds the Canadian records for the longest space flight and the ...more