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Famous Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Alumni

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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?”
  • Andrew Ressler1

    Andrew Ressler

  • Yau-Man Chan2
    Yau-Man Chan (born August 26, 1952) is a Malaysian-American table tennis player, technology...  more

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  • Dawson Engler3

    Dawson Engler

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  • Paul Krugman4

    Paul Krugman

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceAlbany, New York, United States of America

    Paul Robin Krugman ( (listen) KRUUG-mən; born February 28, 1953) is an American economist who...  more

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  • Charles Koch5

    Charles Koch

    Businessperson, Industrialist


    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

    Charles de Ganahl Koch (; born November 1, 1935) is an American businessman and political...  more
  • James Woods6

    James Woods

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceVernal, Utah, United States of America

    James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, and producer. His...  more

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  • William Shockley7

    William Shockley

    Physicist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 79 (1910-1989)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    William Bradford Shockley Jr. (February 13, 1910 – August 12, 1989) was an American physicist...  more
  • Buzz Aldrin8

    Buzz Aldrin

    Pilot, Astronaut


    BirthplaceGlen Ridge, New Jersey, United States of America

    Buzz Aldrin (born January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and a former astronaut and fighter...  more

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  • Ben Bernanke9

    Ben Bernanke

    Businessperson, Professor


    BirthplaceAugusta, Georgia, United States of America

    Ben Shalom Bernanke ( bər-NANG-kee; born December 13, 1953) is an American economist at the...  more
  • Joseph Stiglitz10

    Joseph Stiglitz

    Professor, Scientist


    BirthplaceGary, Indiana, United States of America

    Joseph Eugene Stiglitz (; born February 9, 1943) is an American economist, public policy...  more
  • Marcy Kaptur11

    Marcy Kaptur

    Politician, Urban planner


    BirthplaceArea codes 419 and 567, Ohio, Area code 419, United States of America, United States

    Marcia Carolyn Kaptur (; born June 17, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th...  more
  • Benjamin Netanyahu12

    Benjamin Netanyahu

    Politician, Diplomat


    BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין נְתַנְיָהוּ ; born 21 October 1949) is an...  more

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  • 13
    Daniel John DiLorenzo is a medical device entrepreneur and physician-scientist. He is the...  more
  • Danny Hillis14

    Danny Hillis

    Inventor, Computer scientist


    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    William Daniel "Danny" Hillis (born September 25, 1956) is an American inventor, entrepreneur,...  more
  • Richard Feynman15

    Richard Feynman

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 70 (1918-1988)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Richard Phillips Feynman, ForMemRS (; May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American...  more


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  • 16

    Peter A Darbee

    Peter A. Darbee was the former Chief Executive Officer of PG&E Corporation....
  • Leonard Kleinrock17

    Leonard Kleinrock

    Professor, Inventor


    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Leonard Kleinrock (born June 13, 1934) is an American computer scientist. A professor at...  more
  • Herman Hollerith18

    Herman Hollerith

    Businessperson, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 69 (1860-1929)

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    Herman Hollerith (February 29, 1860 – November 17, 1929) was an American inventor who...  more
  • Dolph Lundgren19

    Dolph Lundgren

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceSpånga, Stockholm, Sweden

    Hans Lundgren (; Swedish: [ˈdɔlːf ˈlɵnːdgreːn] (listen); born 3 November 1957), better known...  more

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  • 20

    Lamberto Andreotti



    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Lamberto Andreotti is an Italian businessman. He is currently Chief Executive Officer and a...  more
  • Lynn Conway21

    Lynn Conway

    Inventor, Computer scientist


    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    Lynn Ann Conway (born January 2, 1938) is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer,...  more
  • Gregory Chamitoff22

    Gregory Chamitoff

    Astronaut, Engineer


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Gregory Errol Chamitoff (born 6 August 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is an engineer and...  more
  • 23

    Jerome Clarke Hunsaker

    Pilot, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 98 (1886-1984)

    BirthplaceCreston, Iowa

    Jerome Clarke Hunsaker (August 26, 1886 – September 10, 1984) was an American airman born in...  more
  • Charles Stark Draper24

    Charles Stark Draper

    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1901-1987)

    BirthplaceWindsor, Missouri

    Charles Stark "Doc" Draper (October 2, 1901 – July 25, 1987) was an American scientist and...  more
  • Robert Thirsk25

    Robert Thirsk

    Flight engineer, Astronaut


    BirthplaceNew Westminster, Canada

    Robert Brent "Bob" Thirsk, (born August 17, 1953) is a Canadian engineer and physician, and a...  more