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Famous Purdue University Alumni

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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

Age: 73

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Herman Cain (born December 13, 1945) is an American politician, business executive, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist from Georgia. Cain grew up in Georgia and graduated from ...more

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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America

Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college football career ...more

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Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 52

Birthplace: USA, Illinois, Elgin

James Christopher Gaffigan (born July 7, 1966) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He was raised in Chesterton, Indiana. His material is often about fatherhood, ...more

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David Crosthwait is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 78 (1898-1976)

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

David N. Crosthwait Jr. (May 27, 1898 – February 25, 1976) was an African-American mechanical and electrical engineer, inventor, and writer. He was born in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. He ...more
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Ted Allen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Actor

Age: 53

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Edward Allen (born May 20, 1965) is an American author and television personality. He was the food and wine connoisseur on the Bravo network's television program Queer Eye, and has been the host ...more
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Orville Redenbacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: Dec. at 88 (1907-1995)

Birthplace: Brazil, Indiana

Orville Clarence Redenbacher (July 16, 1907 – September 19, 1995) was an American businessman most often associated with the brand of popcorn that bears his name. The New York Times described ...more
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Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Professor, Astronaut, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

Birthplace: Ohio, United States of America

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, ...more

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George Peppard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 66 (1928-1994)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

George Peppard Jr. (; October 1, 1928 – May 8, 1994) was an American film and television actor. Peppard secured a major role when he starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's ...more

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Edmund O. Schweitzer, II... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois

Edmund O. Schweitzer III (born 1947, Evanston, Illinois) is an electrical engineer, inventor, and founder of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL). Schweitzer launched SEL in 1982 in ...more
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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut

Age: 70

Birthplace: Rock Island, Illinois

Colonel Gary Eugene Payton, USAF, (born June 20, 1948) is an American astronaut, and worked as a payload specialist for NASA. Payton flew on the STS-51-C mission aboard the Space Shuttle ...more
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Games Slayter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 68 (1896-1964)

Games Slayter (9 December 1896 – 15 October 1964) 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
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Robert C. Baker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Inventor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 85 (1921-2006)

Robert C. Baker (December 29, 1921 – March 13, 2006) was an inventor and Cornell University professor. He invented the chicken nugget as well as many other poultry-related inventions. Due to his ...more
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Loren Shriver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 74

Birthplace: Jefferson, Iowa

Loren James Shriver (born September 23, 1944) 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

Age: Dec. at 41 (1926-1967)

Birthplace: Mitchell, Indiana, United States of America

Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was one of the seven original National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Project Mercury astronauts, and the first of ...more

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Guy Gardner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 71

Birthplace: Altavista, Virginia

Guy Spence Gardner (born January 6, 1948) 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 ...more
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Andrew J. Feustel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Geophysicist, Astronaut

Age: 53

Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Andrew Jay "Drew" Feustel (; born August 25, 1965) is an American/Canadian NASA astronaut and Geophysicist. Following several years working as a geophysicist, Feustel was selected as ...more
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Jerry L. Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Flight engineer, Astronaut

Age: 71

Birthplace: Crown Point, Indiana

Jerry Lynn Ross (born January 20, 1948, Crown Point, Indiana) is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions, making ...more
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John Casper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 75

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina

John Howard Casper (born July 9, 1943) 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

Age: 62

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

David Alexander Wolf (born August 23, 1956) is an American astronaut, medical doctor and electrical engineer. Wolf has been to space four times. Three of his spaceflights were short-duration ...more
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Charles D. Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer

Age: 70

Birthplace: Bedford, Shawswick Township, Indiana

Charles David "Charlie" Walker (born August 29, 1948) is an American engineer who flew on three Space Shuttle missions in 1984 and 1985 as a Payload Specialist for the McDonnell ...more
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Ray Ewry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 64 (1873-1937)

Birthplace: Lafayette, Fairfield Township, Indiana

Raymond "Ray" Clarence Ewry (October 14, 1873 – September 29, 1937) was an American track and field athlete who won eight gold medals at the Olympic Games and two gold medals at the ...more
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Matt Hamill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Mixed Martial Artist

Age: 42

Birthplace: Loveland, Ohio, United States of America

Matthew Stanley Hamill (born October 5, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist and wrestler who has competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC. He is a three-time NCAA Division III ...more
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William Afflis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor, American football player

Age: Dec. at 62 (1929-1991)

Birthplace: USA, Indiana, Delphi

William Fritz Afflis (June 27, 1929 – November 10, 1991) was an American professional wrestler and football player, better known by his ring name, Dick the Bruiser.
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Brian Lamb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Lafayette, Fairfield Township, Indiana, United States of America

Brian Patrick Lamb (; born October 9, 1941) 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 ...more
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Toby Moskowitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Purdue University Alumni
Economist

Age: 48

Birthplace: West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Indiana

Tobias Jacob "Toby" Moskowitz (born February 3, 1971) is an American financial economist and a professor at the Yale School of Management. He was the winner of the 2007 American ...more