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

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

List features graduates like Drew Brees, Neil Armstrong and other famous Boilermakers.

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

Take a look at these notable Purdue University alumni. These very famous Purdue alumn!

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Herman Cain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Journalist Herman Cain is an American author, business executive, radio host, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist from Georgia. He was a candidate for the 2012 U.S. Republican Party presidential ...more

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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Athlete, American football player Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. After a prolific college football career at Purdue University, he was ...more

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Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer James Christopher "Jim" Gaffigan is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. His memoir, Dad Is Fat and his most recent book, Food: A Love Story, are both published by Crown ...more

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David Crosthwait is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer David Crosthwait was an African-American mechanical and electrical engineer, inventor, and writer. He was born in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Once he ...more

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Ted Allen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Actor Ted Allen is an American writer, cookbook author, and television personality. He was the food and wine connoisseur on the American Bravo network's television program Queer Eye and has been the ...more

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Orville Redenbacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur Orville Clarence Redenbacher was an American businessman most often associated with the brand of popcorn that bears his name.

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Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Professor, Astronaut, Voice acting Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming ...more

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George Peppard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor George Peppard, Jr. was an American film and television actor. Peppard secured a major role when he starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, portrayed a character based on ...more

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Edmund O. Schweitzer, III is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer Edmund O. Schweitzer, Jr. founded E. O. Schweitzer Manufacturing in 1950 for the purpose of manufacturing fault indicator technology. His father, Edmund O. Schweitzer, was a co-founder of ...more

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut Colonel Gary Eugene Payton, USAF, is an American former astronaut.

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Games Slayter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Inventor Games Slayter was a prolific U.S. engineer and inventor. He is best known for developing Fiberglass, starting with a new method of producing glass wool in 1933.

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Robert C. Baker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Inventor, Scientist Robert C. Baker was an inventor and Cornell University professor who invented the chicken nugget as well as many other poultry related inventions. Due to his contributions to the poultry ...more

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Loren Shriver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut Loren James Shriver is a former NASA astronaut, aviator, and a retired US Air Force Colonel.

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Gus Grissom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut, Military aviator Virgil Ivan Grissom, better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts, test pilot, mechanical engineer, and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second ...more

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Guy Gardner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut Guy Spence Gardner is a United States Air Force officer and a former astronaut. He holds the rank of Colonel. He flew as pilot on two Space Shuttle missions, STS-27 and STS-35. Gardner was also ...more

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Andrew J. Feustel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Geophysicist, Astronaut Andrew J. Feustel is an American geophysicist and a NASA astronaut. His first spaceflight in May 2009, STS-125, lasted just under 13 days. This was a mission with six other astronauts to repair ...more

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Jerry L. Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Flight engineer, Astronaut Jerry Lynn Ross is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions, making him the joint record holder for most ...more

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John Casper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut John Howard Casper is an American astronaut and United States Air Force pilot.

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David Wolf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut, Physician David Alexander Wolf is an American astronaut, medical doctor, electrical engineer. Wolf has been to space four times. Three of his spaceflights were short-duration Space Shuttle missions, the ...more

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Charles D. Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer Charles David "Charlie" Walker is an American engineer who flew on three Space Shuttle missions in 1984 and 1985 as a Payload Specialist for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He is ...more

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Ray Ewry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Raymond "Ray" Clarence Ewry was an American track and field athlete who won 8 gold medals at the Olympic Games and 2 gold medals at the Intercalated Games. This puts him among the most ...more

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Matt Hamill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Mixed Martial Artist Matthew Stanley Hamill is a deaf American mixed martial artist and wrestler who last competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC. He is a three-time NCAA Division III National Champion ...more

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William Afflis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor, American football player Dick "The Bruiser" Afflis was an actor, professional wrestler and an american football player.

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Brian Lamb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer Brian Patrick Lamb is an American journalist and the founder, executive chairman, and now retired CEO of C-SPAN; an American cable network which provides coverage of the U.S. House of ...more

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Toby Moskowitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Economist Tobias Jacob "Toby" Moskowitz is an American financial economist and a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was the winner of the 2007 American Finance ...more

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Booth Tarkington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Newton Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is, with William Faulkner and John Updike, one of only ...more

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Sina Tamaddon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Sina Tamaddon was Senior Vice President of Applications for Apple Inc. Sina Tamaddon joined Apple in September 1997. He also served the company in the position of Senior Vice President, ...more

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Bruce Lawler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur Bruce Lawler brings over 15 years of telecommunications experience in fixed wireless, satellite, and terrestrial local and wide area networks. Bruce was a founding partner of inOvate ...more

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Harry Kloor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Inventor Harry 'Doc' Kloor is an American scientist and businessman. Kloor was the first person to earn two PhDs simultaneously in two distinct academic disciplines. He holds PhDs in Physics and in

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Steven Bishop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni

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Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Physicist Haroutune Krikor Daghlian, Jr. was an Armenian American physicist with the Manhattan Project who accidentally irradiated himself on August 21, 1945, during a critical mass experiment at the ...more

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Mark Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
American football player Mark Anthony Brown is a former American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins and the Detroit Lions.

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Stephen Bechtel, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Businessperson Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. is an American businessman and engineer. He is, with his son Riley, co-owner of the Bechtel Corporation. He is the son of Stephen David Bechtel, Sr. and grandson of ...more

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Eugene Cernan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut, Fighter pilot Eugene Andrew "Gene" Cernan, is a former American naval officer and aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, fighter pilot, and NASA astronaut. He has been into space three ...more

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James J. Stukel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
College Administrator, Professor, Engineer James J. Stukel served as the 15th President of the University of Illinois.

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John E. Blaha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut, Fighter pilot John Elmer Blaha is a retired United States Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions and a stay on the Mir space station. Married to the ...more

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Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Basketball player Carl Christopher Landry is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. The 6'9", all-conference power ...more

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Fritz Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Civil engineer, Structural engineer, Engineer Fritz Leonhardt was a German structural engineer who made major contributions to 20th-century bridge engineering, especially in the development of cable-stayed bridges. His book Bridges: ...more

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Roy D. Bridges, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut Roy Dubard Bridges, Jr. is an American aviator, retired United States Air Force officer, former NASA astronaut and the former director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center and Langley Research ...more

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Richard O. Covey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut Richard Oswalt Covey is a retired United States Air Force officer and former NASA astronaut.

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Chesley Sullenberger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Pilot, Airline Pilot, Fighter pilot Chelsey Sullenberger is an American commercial airline pilot and safety expert and accident investigator who successfully carried out the emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the ...more

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Mark N. Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut Mark Neil Brown is an engineer, retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and former NASA astronaut.

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Roger B. Chaffee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut Roger Bruce Chaffee, was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut in the Apollo program. Chaffee died along with fellow astronauts Virgil ...more

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Mary Ellen Weber is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer Mary Ellen Weber, is an American executive, scientist, aviator, speaker, and a former NASA astronaut.

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Kevin Granata is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Professor, Sailor Kevin P. Granata was an American professor in multiple departments including the Departments of Engineering, Science and Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute ...more

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Brad Miller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Basketball player Bradley Alan Miller is an American retired professional basketball player. The two-time NBA All-Star played for six NBA teams.

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George Ade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer George Ade was an American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright.

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G. V. Loganathan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Journalist, Civil engineer, Scientist Gobichettipalayam Vasudevan "G. V." Loganathan was an Indian-born American professor, whose most recent position was a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental ...more

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Mark L. Polansky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut Mark Lewis "Roman" Polansky is an American aerospace engineer and research pilot and a former NASA astronaut. Polansky received the nickname "Roman" as a joke, because he ...more