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

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

Alumni range from John F. Kennedy to Brooke Shields and many other notable Princeton alumni. Go Princeton Tigers!

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

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
John F. Kennedy Politician, Soldier, Screenwriter John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from ...more

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Michelle Obama Writer, Lawyer Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer and writer. She is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady ...more

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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Brooke Shields Spokesperson, Television producer, Model Brooke Christa Shields is an American actress, model and former child star. Shields, initially a child model, gained critical acclaim for her leading role in Louis Malle's controversial film ...more

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Douglas Merrill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Douglas Merrill Douglas Merrill joined Google late in 2003 as Senior Director of Information Systems. In this capacity he led multiple strategic efforts including Google's 2004 IPO and its related regulatory ...more

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Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Ralph Nader Activist, Politician, Lecturer Ralph Nader is an American political activist of Lebanese origin, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, ...more

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Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Jeff Bezos Businessperson, Entrepreneur Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos is an American business magnate and investor. He is a technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO ...more

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David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
David Duchovny Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter David William Duchovny is an American actor, writer, and director. He is best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on the science fiction horror drama series The X-Files and the alcoholic, ...more

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John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
John Edwards Politician, Writer, Lawyer Johnny Reid "John" Edwards is an American politician, who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004, and was a candidate ...more

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Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Cornel West Activist, Author, Actor Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The son of a Baptist minister, West ...more

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
James Stewart Pilot, Television director, Military Officer James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many ...more

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John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
John Bardeen Physicist, Inventor, Scientist John Bardeen was an American physicist and electrical engineer, the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William Shockley and Walter Brattain for the ...more

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Andrea Jung is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Andrea Jung Businessperson Andrea Jung is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc., the company for women. Jung, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, is fluent in ...more

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Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Eugene O'Neill Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism ...more

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Malcolm Forbes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Malcolm Forbes Publisher, Businessperson, Politician Malcolm Stevenson Forbes was an American entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes. He was known as an avid promoter of ...more

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George Will is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
George Will Commentator, Journalist, Author George Frederick Will is an American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author. He is a Pulitzer Prize–winner best known for his conservative commentary on politics. In 1986, The Wall Street ...more

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John Zuccotti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
John Zuccotti John E. Zuccotti is an Italian-American businessman who is active in real estate and development in New York City. He is best known as the namesake of Zuccotti Park.

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Lee Iacocca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Lee Iacocca Businessperson Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca is an American businessman known for engineering the Ford Mustang and Ford Pinto cars, being let go from Ford Motor Company, and his revival of the Chrysler ...more

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Lauren Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Lauren Bush Model, Designer Lauren Pierce Bush is the CEO, Creative Director, and Co-Founder of FEED Projects. She is also a fashion model and designer. She is the daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Bush, granddaughter of ...more

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Thornton Wilder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Thornton Wilder Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the two plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth—and ...more

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James Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
James Madison Politician, Author, Lawyer James Madison, Jr. was an American statesman, political theorist, and the fourth President of the United States. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for being instrumental ...more

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Richard Halliburton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Richard Halliburton Journalist, Novelist, Writer Richard Halliburton was an American traveler, adventurer, and author. Best known today for having swum the length of the Panama Canal and paying the lowest toll in its history—36 ...more

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Martin Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Martin Butler Martin Butler is a musician and composer of classical music. He studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1983 he received a Fulbright Award for study ...more

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Martin D Franks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
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Eric Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Eric Schmidt Businessperson, Software Engineer, Electrical engineer Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. Since ...more

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Richard Feynman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Richard Feynman 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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Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Woodrow Wilson Politician, Professor, Historian Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement. A Southerner with a PhD in political science, he served as President ...more

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Walter Houser Brattain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Walter Houser Brattain Physicist, Inventor, Scientist Walter Houser Brattain was an American physicist at Bell Labs who, along with John Bardeen and William Shockley, invented the transistor. They shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for their ...more

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Abe Peled is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Abe Peled Abe Peled is an Israeli businessman.

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Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Alan Turing Mathematician, Logician, Computer scientist Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He ...more

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Robert P. McCulloch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Robert P. McCulloch Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur Robert Paxton McCulloch was a Missourian entrepreneur most notable for McCulloch chainsaws and purchasing the old London Bridge and moving it to one of the cities he founded, Lake Havasu City, ...more

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Pete Conrad is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Pete Conrad Pilot, Astronaut, Actor Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, and during the Apollo 12 mission became the third man to ...more

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John Foster Dulles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
John Foster Dulles Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer John Foster Dulles served as U.S. Secretary of State under Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was a significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocating an ...more

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
F. Scott Fitzgerald Poet, Novelist, Writer Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American ...more

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Louis Rukeyser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Louis Rukeyser Commentator, Journalist, Author Louis Richard "Lou" Rukeyser was an American financial journalist, columnist, and commentator, through print, radio, and television. He was best known for his role as host of two ...more

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Mel Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Mel Ferrer Television director, Film Producer, Actor Mel Ferrer was an American actor, film director and film producer.

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Francis Robbins Upton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Francis Robbins Upton Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor Francis Robbins Upton was an American physicist and mathematician.

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Addison White is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Addison White Addison White was an American politician who served the state of Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives between 1851 and 1853. He was a cousin of Kentucky Congressman John

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Carl Icahn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Carl Icahn Businessperson, Investor, Financier Carl Celian Icahn is an American businessman, activist shareholder, and investor. He is the majority shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified holding company.

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Sherilyn S. McCoy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Sherilyn S. McCoy Sheri S. McCoy is the Worldwide Chairman, Surgical Care Group Operating Committee and a member of the Johnson Johnson Executive Committee. Ms. McCoy assumed both roles in January 2008.

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Meg Whitman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Meg Whitman Businessperson Margaret Cushing "Meg" Whitman is an American business executive and political candidate. She is the chairwoman, president, and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard. A native of ...more

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Norman Finkelstein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Norman Finkelstein Professor, Political scientist, Author Norman Gary Finkelstein is an American political scientist, activist, professor, and author. His primary fields of research are the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the politics of the ...more

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David A. Wagner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
David A. Wagner Professor, Researcher, Computer scientist David A. Wagner is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a well-known researcher in cryptography and computer security. He is a member of the Election ...more

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Dean Cain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Dean Cain Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Dean George Cain is an American actor. He is most widely known for his role as Superman in the popular American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

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Allen Newell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Allen Newell Researcher, Computer scientist Allen Newell was a researcher in computer science and cognitive psychology at the RAND Corporation and at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business, and ...more

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Wentworth Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Wentworth Miller Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter Wentworth Earl Miller III is an American actor, model, screenwriter and producer. He rose to stardom following his role as Michael Scofield in the Fox series Prison Break, for which he received ...more

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John Stossel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
John Stossel Commentator, Journalist, Screenwriter John Frank Stossel is an American consumer television personality, author, and libertarian pundit. In October 2009, Stossel left his long-time employment at ABC News to join the Fox Business ...more

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Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Grover Cleveland Politician, Lawyer Stephen Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was one of the two ...more

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William Morris Meredith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
William Morris Meredith, Jr. Poet, Educator, Professor William Morris Meredith, Jr. was an American poet and educator. He was Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1978 to 1980.

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Eliot Spitzer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Eliot Spitzer Commentator, Politician, Lawyer Eliot Laurence Spitzer is a political commentator and Democratic Party politician who served as the 54th Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008. His ...more

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Edward Witten is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Edward Witten Mathematician, Physicist, Professor Edward Witten is an American theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Witten is a researcher in string theory, ...more