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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Howard Hughes and Lance Berkman.

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

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Peggy Whitson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Biochemist, Astronaut, Biomedical sciences Peggy Annette Whitson is an American biochemistry researcher, NASA astronaut, and former NASA Chief Astronaut. Her first space mission was in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International ...more

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James H. Newman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Physicist, Astronaut James Hansen Newman is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut who flew on four Space Shuttle missions.

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John Doerr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Venture capitalist John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. He’s optimistic, enthusiastic and energetic. John joined KPCB in 1980, and with KPCB’s partners backed many of America’s best ...more

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Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Literary critic Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short ...more

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Takao Doi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer Takao Doi is a Japanese astronaut and a veteran of two NASA space shuttle missions. Doi holds a doctorate from the University of Tokyo in aerospace engineering, and has studied and published in ...more

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Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Pilot, Investor, Entrepreneur Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was an American business tycoon, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist. During his lifetime, he was one of the wealthiest people ...more

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Shannon Walker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Physicist, Flight engineer, Astronaut Shannon Walker is an American scientist and a NASA astronaut, whose first space mission was Expedition 24 on the International Space Station with take-off on 15 June 2010. She is married to a ...more

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Tamara E. Jernigan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist Tamara Elizabeth "Tammy" Jernigan, Ph.D. is an American scientist and former NASA astronaut and a veteran of five shuttle missions.

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Robert Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Astronomer Robert Woodrow Wilson is an American astronomer, 1978 Nobel laureate in physics, who with Arno Allan Penzias discovered in 1964 the cosmic microwave background radiation. The award purse was ...more

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George Chang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Chemical engineer, Politician, Film Producer George F.H. Chang is a film producer.

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Fred C. Koch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Chemical engineer, Businessperson, Industrialist Fred Chase Koch was an American chemical engineer and entrepreneur who founded the oil refinery firm that later became Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United

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James E. Gunn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Astrophysicist James Edward Gunn is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy at Princeton University. Gunn's early theoretical work in astronomy has helped establish the current understanding of how galaxies ...more

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Steve Sailer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Journalist Steven Ernest Sailer is an American journalist and movie critic for The American Conservative, a blogger, a Taki's Magazine and VDARE.com columnist, and a former correspondent for UPI. He writes ...more

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Candace Bushnell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Candace Bushnell is an American novelist and television producer. She wrote a column for The New York Observer that was adapted into the bestselling Sex and the City anthology. The book was the ...more

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Kevin Harvey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Venture capitalist Kevin Harvey is a founding member of and general partner at Benchmark, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He was ranked No. 27 on the 2011 Forbes Midas List and was No. 59 in 2012.

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George Foreman III is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Business executive, Television producer, Professional Boxer George Edward "Monk" Foreman III is an American boxer, business executive, and television personality. He is the son of former two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman.

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Annise Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Politician Annise Danette Parker is an American politician, who has been elected Houston Mayor three times, serving since January 2, 2010. She also served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council ...more

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Randa Duncan Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Businessperson Randa Duncan Williams was elected a Director of the general partner of Enterprise GP Holdings, L.P. in May 2007. Ms. Williams is a Director, President and CEO of EPCO, Inc., the majority owner ...more

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Carlton M. Caves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Physicist Carlton "Carl" Morris Caves holds the position of Distinguished Professor in Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico. He is notable for his work in the areas of physics ...more

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David Aardsma is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Baseball player David Allan Aardsma is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He has played in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, ...more

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John D. Olivas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer John Daniel "Danny" Olivas is an American engineer of Mexican descent and a former NASA astronaut. Olivas has flown on two space shuttle missions, STS-117 and STS-128. He performed ...more

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Jeffrey A. Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Astrophysicist, Professor, Astronaut Jeffrey Alan Hoffman, Ph.D. is an American former NASA astronaut and currently a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. Hoffman made five flights as a space shuttle astronaut, ...more

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Forest Baskett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Venture capitalist Forest joined NEA in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004. Forest focuses on information technology investments. Present board memberships include Aeluros, Aprius, Arch ...more

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George P. Bush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Politician, Real estate entrepreneur, Military Officer George Prescott Bush is an attorney, U.S. Navy Reserve officer, real estate investor, and politician who serves as the Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. He is the eldest child of ...more

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Bruce Dunlevie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Venture capitalist Bruce is a seasoned veteran of venture capital with more than 15 years experience in high-tech investing. Prior to Benchmark, Bruce spent six years as a general partner with Merrill, Pickard, ...more

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Morris Almond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Basketball player Morris Almond is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He last played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.

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Wayne Hale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Engineer N. Wayne Hale Jr. is a former NASA engineer. Previously a flight director and space shuttle program manager, Hale served as NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator for Strategic Partnerships prior ...more

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Larry McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Larry Jeff McMurtry is an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work is predominantly set in either the old West or in contemporary Texas. He is known for his 1975 novel ...more

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Robert Curl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Chemist Robert Floyd Curl, Jr. is an emeritus professor of chemistry at Rice University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of the nanomaterial buckminsterfullerene, ...more

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Robert Garland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Venture capitalist Robert joined NEA in December 2003 as a Principal and became a Partner in 2007. He invests in biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. Robert is a director of Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals. Prior to ...more

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Pete Olson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
United States Naval Aviator, Lawyer Peter Graham "Pete" Olson is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes much of ...more

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Alberto Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Alberto R. Gonzales was the 80th United States Attorney General, appointed in February 2005 by President George W. Bush, becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic in executive government to date. He ...more

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Eliot Shapleigh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Eliot Shapleigh is a politician from the state of Texas, who represented the state's 29th Senatorial District, which comprises the majority of El Paso County, from 1997 to 2011. He announced on ...more

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Dave Hyatt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Programmer Dave Hyatt is an American Software Engineer employed by Apple Inc., where he is part of the development team responsible for the Safari web browser and WebKit framework. Hyatt was part of the ...more

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Hector de J. Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Hector de J. Ruiz Hector de Jesus Ruiz is the chairman and CEO of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc. and former CEO & executive chairman of semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.. Ruiz is the ...more

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William Luther Pierce is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Physicist William Luther Pierce III was a prominent American white nationalist and political activist. He was one of the most influential ideologues of the white nationalist movement for some 30 years ...more

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John G. Cramer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Physicist, Science writer John G. Cramer is a professor of physics at the University of Washington in Seattle, the United States. When not teaching, he works with the STAR detector at the new Relativistic Heavy Ion ...more

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John S. Bull is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Astronaut, Navy pilot John Sumter Bull, Ph.D., was an American naval officer and aviator, fighter pilot, test pilot, mechanical and aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut.

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E. Fay Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Industrial designer, Architect Euine Fay Jones was an American architect and designer. He was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. Jones is also the only one of Wright's disciples to have received the AIA Gold Medal, the ...more

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William Broyles Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Screenwriter William Dodson "Bill" Broyles, Jr. is an American screenwriter, who has worked on the television series China Beach, and the films Apollo 13, Cast Away, Entrapment, Planet of the Apes, ...more

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Henry M. Morris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Professor, Writer, Engineer Henry Madison Morris was an American young earth creationist, Christian apologist, and engineer. He was one of the founders of the Creation Research Society and the Institute for Creation ...more

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John F Bookout III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Businessperson John F. Bookout III was elected to Tesoros Board of Directors in 2006. He is a Director of McKinsey Company in their Houston office where he was, until recently, responsible for their global ...more

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William Reynolds Archer, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Politician William Reynolds “Bill” Archer, Jr. is a retired American lawyer and politician. Archer served two terms, from 1967 to 1971, in the Texas House of Representatives — changing from the Democratic ...more

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Albert Richard Thomas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Politician Albert Richard Thomas was a Democratic Congressman from Houston, Texas for 29 years and was responsible for bringing the Johnson Space Center to Houston.

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Warren Redlich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Warren Redlich is a lawyer and politician from Guilderland, New York. In 2004 and 2006, Redlich ran for US Congress for the 21st District of New York State as a Republican. In 2005, he briefly ...more

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Elizabeth Moon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Soldier, Novelist, Author Elizabeth Moon is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. Her novel The Speed of Dark won the 2003 Nebula Award.

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George Piranian is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Mathematician George Piranian, born in Thalwil outside Zürich, Switzerland, was a Swiss-American mathematician of Swiss and Armenian descent. Piranian was internationally known for his research in ...more

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Jeff Niemann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Baseball player Jeffrey Warren Niemann is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008-2012.

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Ariel Backenroth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni

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Ken Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Rice University Alumni
Computer scientist, Engineer Ken Kennedy was an American computer scientist and professor at Rice University. He was the founding chairman of Rice's Computer Science Department. Kennedy directed the construction of several ...more