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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