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

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

Items here include everything from Timothy Geithner to Robin Li.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Peking University?” and “Which celebrities are Peking University alumni?”

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Timothy Geithner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Timothy Geithner Politician, Economist, Banker Timothy Franz Geithner is an American economic policy maker and central banker who served as the 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury, under President Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2013. He ...more

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Robin Li is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Robin Li Businessperson, Entrepreneur Robin Li or Li Yanhong is a Chinese Internet entrepreneur. He co-founded the Chinese search engine Baidu and is ranked as the second richest man in mainland China with a net worth of US$12.231 ...more

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Dashan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Dashan Dashan is the Chinese stage name adopted by Canadian Mark Henry Rowswell, CM who works as a freelance performer in People's Republic of China. Relatively unknown in the West, Dashan is the most ...more

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Shen Tong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Shen Tong Television producer, Actor, Writer Shen Tong is a Chinese dissident who was one of the student leaders in the democracy movement at Tiananmen Square in 1989 One of the People of the Year by Newsweek 1989, Shen Tong became a ...more

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Deng Pufang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Deng Pufang Politician, Social activist Deng Pufang is the first son of China's former Paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. He is mostly known for being crippled by the Red Guards and becoming a paraplegic. He has since dedicated his life ...more

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Wang Xuan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Wang Xuan Computer scientist Wang Xuan, born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, innovator of the Chinese printing industry, was an academician at both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He is a ...more

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Zhou Chaochen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Zhou Chaochen Computer scientist Zhou Chaochen is a Chinese computer scientist. Zhou Chaochen is a professor from Beijing, China. He studied as an undergraduate at the Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, Peking University ...more

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Mikhail Kryukov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Mikhail Kryukov Anthropologist Mikhail Kryukov is an anthropologist and historian. Born in Moscow, Kryukov attended Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies, where he received a B.A. in 1954. He earned an M.A. in 1955 from Moscow ...more

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Xiong Yan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Xiong Yan Chaplain Xiong Yan is a Chinese dissident who served as a chaplain in U.S. Army in Iraq. Currently, he serves as a U.S. Army chaplain at the Warrant Officer Career College at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He ...more

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K. Natwar Singh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
K. Natwar Singh Politician Kunwar Natwar Singh is an Indian politician, a former senior bureaucrat, a former Union cabinet minister, and a writer. Singh was selected into the Indian Foreign Service, one of the most ...more

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Feng Youlan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Feng Youlan Philosopher Feng Youlan was a Chinese philosopher who was instrumental for reintroducing the study of Chinese philosophy in the modern era.

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Michael Halliday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Michael Halliday Linguist Michael Alexander Kirkwood Halliday is a British-born Australian linguist who developed the internationally influential systemic functional linguistic model of language. His grammatical ...more

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Yaoyun Shi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni

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Zhang Chengzhi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Zhang Chengzhi Writer Zhang Chengzhi is a contemporary Hui Chinese author. Often named as the most influential Muslim writer in China, his historical narrative History of the Soul, about the rise of the Jahriyya Sufi ...more

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Jan Wong is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Jan Wong Journalist, Professor, Author Jan Wong is a Canadian journalist. Wong worked for The Globe and Mail, serving as Beijing correspondent from 1988 to 1994, when she returned to write from Canada. She is the daughter of Montreal ...more

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Li Zhaoxing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Li Zhaoxing Politician Li Zhaoxing is a Chinese diplomat and politician. He served as the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China from 2003 to 2007. He graduated from Peking University in 1964. He worked as ...more

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Gang Tian is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Gang Tian Mathematician Tian Gang is a Chinese-American mathematician and an academician of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is known for his contributions to geometric analysis and quantum cohomology ...more

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Bo Yibo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Bo Yibo Politician Bo Yibo was a Chinese political and military leader. He was one of the most senior political figures in China during the 1980s and 1990s. After joining the Chinese Communist Party when he was ...more

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Pei Wenzhong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Pei Wenzhong Paleontologist, Anthropologist, Author Pei Wenzhong was a Chinese paleontologist, archaeologist and anthropologist born in Fengnan. Professor Pei is considered a founding figure of Chinese anthropology. He graduated from Peking ...more

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Mao Dun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Mao Dun Politician, Journalist, Novelist Mao Dun was the pen name of Shen Dehong, a 20th-century Chinese novelist, cultural critic, and journalist. He was also the Minister of Culture of China from 1949 to 1965. He is renowned as one ...more

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Fan Changjiang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Fan Changjiang Journalist, Writer Fan Changjiang, born Fan Xitian, was a Chinese journalist and writer. Fan was born in Sichuan Province and educated at Peking University. Fan was persecuted during the Cultural Revolution and ...more

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Justin Yifu Lin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Justin Yifu Lin Professor, Economist Justin Yifu Lin, born on October 15, 1952, in Yilan County, Taiwan, as Zhengyi Lin, is a Chinese economist and former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank.

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Wang Dan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Wang Dan Author, Political Activist, Teacher Wang Dan , a leader of the Chinese democracy movement, is one of the most visible of the student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Wang holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard ...more

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Tang Jiaxuan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Tang Jiaxuan Tang Jiaxuan was foreign minister of the People's Republic of China from 1998–2003. After various diplomatic postings in Japan, he became Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1991, ...more

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Xu Zhimo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Xu Zhimo Poet Xu Zhimo was an early 20th-century Chinese poet. He was given the name of Zhangxu and the courtesy name of Yousen. He later changed his courtesy name to Zhimo. One of the most renowned romantic ...more

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Yiyun Li is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Yiyun Li Professor, Author, Writer Yiyun Li is a Chinese American writer. Her debut short story collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers won the 2005 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and her second collection ...more

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Mou Zongsan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Mou Zongsan Philosopher Mou Zongsan was a Chinese New Confucian philosopher. He was born in Shandong province and graduated from Peking University. In 1949 he moved to Taiwan and later to Hong Kong, and he remained ...more

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Han Suyin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Han Suyin Novelist, Author, Physician Han Suyin was the pen name of Elizabeth Comber, born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chou. She was a China-born Eurasian, a physician, and author of books in English and French on modern China, novels ...more

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Paul Fonoroff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Paul Fonoroff Actor, Presenter Paul Fonoroff is one of Hong Kong's best known film critics and movie historians. Fonoroff studied Chinese language at Brown University and earned his masters in fine arts at the University of ...more

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Shen Congwen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Shen Congwen Writer Shen Congwen, formerly romanized as Shen Ts'ung-wen, was one of the greatest modern Chinese writers, on par with Lu Xun. Regional culture and identity plays a much bigger role in his writing ...more

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Zhu Qianzhi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Zhu Qianzhi Philosopher Zhu Qianzhi was a Chinese intellectual, translator and historian.

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Tang Junyi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Tang Junyi Philosopher Tang Junyi was a Chinese philosopher, who was one of the leading exponents of New Confucianism. He was influenced by Plato and Hegel as well as by earlier Confucian thought. Born in mainland ...more

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Hai Zi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Hai Zi Poet Hai Zi is the pen name of the Chinese poet Zha Haisheng. He was one of the most famous poets in Mainland China after the Cultural Revolution. He committed suicide by lying on the path of a train ...more

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Chunlei Wang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Chunlei Wang Chunlei Wang was a graduate student at Stanford University.

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Zhu Ziqing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Zhu Ziqing Zhu Ziqing, born Zhu Zihua, was a renowned Chinese poet and essayist. Zhu studied at Peking University, and during the May Fourth Movement became one of several pioneers of modernism in China ...more

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Chen Gongbo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Chen Gongbo Politician Chen Gongbo was a Chinese politician, noted for his role as second President of the collaborationist pro-Japanese Nanjing Nationalist Government during World War II.

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Stern Hu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Stern Hu Businessperson Stern Hu is an Australian businessman of Chinese origin. He was formerly an executive of Rio Tinto mining group in Shanghai, China prior to his trial. He graduated from Peking University before ...more

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Li Keqiang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Li Keqiang Politician Li Keqiang is the current Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. An economist by training, Li is China's head of government as well as one of the leading figures behind ...more

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Shiyi Chen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Shiyi Chen Shiyi Chen, was the Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Chair in Engineering and Science, Mechanical Engineering and Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Department of Physics and ...more

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Ting-Xing Ye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Ting-Xing Ye Ting-Xing Ye is a Chinese- Canadian author of young adult novels, as well as Leaf In A Bitter Wind, a best-selling autobiographical account of her life in Maoist China. Ye was born in Shanghai, ...more

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Yang Zhongjian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Yang Zhongjian Scientist Yang Zhongjian, courtesy name Keqiang, also known as C.C. Young, was one of China's foremost vertebrate paleontologists. He has been called the 'Father of Chinese Vertebrate Paleontology'. He ...more

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Gu Jiegang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Gu Jiegang Gu Jiegang was a highly influential Chinese historian best known for his seven-volume work Gushi Bian. He was a co-founder and the leading force of the Doubting Antiquity School.

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Yu Pingbo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Yu Pingbo Yú Píngbó, former name Yú Mínghéng and courtesy name Píngbó, was an essayist, poet, historian, Redologist, and critic.

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Zhang Tianyi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Zhang Tianyi Author Zhang Tianyi, real name: Zhang Yuanding; September 26, 1906 –April 28, 1985) was a 20th-century Chinese left-wing writer and children's author, whose novels and short stories achieved acclaim in ...more

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Ho Chio Meng is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Ho Chio Meng Ho Chio Meng is the first and current Prosecutor General of the Public Prosecutions Office of the Macau Special Administrative Region, having been appointed in 1999, and re-appointed in 2004 and ...more

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Bo Xilai is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Bo Xilai Politician Bo Xilai is a former Chinese politician. He came to prominence through his tenures as the mayor of Dalian and then the governor of Liaoning. From 2004 to November 2007, he served as Minister of ...more

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Chai Ling is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Chai Ling Chai Ling was one of the student leaders in the Tian'anmen Square massacre of 1989. Today she is Founder of All Girls Allowed, an organization dedicated to ending China`s One-Child Policy, and ...more

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Jason Cong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Jason Cong Jason Cong received his B.S. degree in computer science from Peking University in 1985, his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in ...more

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Xiaoliang Sunney Xie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Xiaoliang Sunney Xie Xiaoliang Sunney Xie is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. Xie is considered a founding father of single-molecule enzymology. Xie received a B.S. ...more

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Meng Xianshi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Peking University Alumni
Meng Xianshi Meng Xianshi is a Chinese historian specialized in the history of Sui and Tang dynasties, an associate professor at Renmin University of China.