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

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

Items include everything from Barbara Ehrenreich to David Baltimore.

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

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Seth Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Seth Lloyd Professor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer Seth Lloyd is a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He refers to himself as a "quantum mechanic". His research area is the interplay of ...more

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Barbara Ehrenreich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Barbara Ehrenreich Journalist, Historian, Author Barbara Ehrenreich is an American author and political activist who describes herself as "a myth buster by trade", and has been called "a veteran muckraker" by The New ...more

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David Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
David Baltimore Biologist, Professor, Scientist David Baltimore is an American biologist, university administrator, and Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine. He served as president of the California Institute of Technology from 1997 to ...more

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Daniel W. Stroock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Daniel W. Stroock Mathematician Daniel Wyler Stroock is an American mathematician, a probabilist.

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Eric H. Davidson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Eric H. Davidson Science writer Eric H. Davidson is a developmental biologist at the California Institute of Technology. Davidson is best known for his pioneering work on the role of gene regulation in evolution, on embryonic ...more

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Nina Fedoroff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Nina Fedoroff Professor Nina Vsevolod Fedoroff is an American professor known for her research in life sciences and biotechnology, especially transposable elements or jumping genes and plant stress response. In 2007, ...more

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Lewis Joel Greene is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Lewis Joel Greene Chemist, Scientist Lewis Joel Greene is an American Brazilian biochemist, scientist, university professor and editor of the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research. Greene received a BA in liberal ...more

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Peter Walter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Peter Walter Peter Walter is a German-American molecular biologist and biochemist and Professor at UCSF.

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Robert Sapolsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Robert Sapolsky Biologist, Professor, Neuroendocrinologist Robert Maurice Sapolsky is an American neuroendocrinologist, professor of biology, neuroscience, and neurosurgery at Stanford University, researcher and author. He is currently a Professor of ...more

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Bertil Hille is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Bertil Hille Bertil Hille is a professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington. He is particularly well known for his research and expertise on cell signalling by ion ...more

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Anthony Cerami is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Anthony Cerami Scientist Anthony Cerami is an American entrepreneur and award-winning research scientist.

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Erich Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Erich Jarvis Scientist Erich Jarvis is an associate professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center. He leads a team of researchers who study the neurobiology of vocal learning, a critical behavioral ...more

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Leslie B. Vosshall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Leslie B. Vosshall Leslie Birgit Vosshall, Ph.D., is an American neurobiologist who is well known for her contributions in the field of olfaction, particularly for the discovery and subsequent characterization of ...more

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Lawrence C. Fritz, Ph.D. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Lawrence C. Fritz, Ph.D. Lawrence C. Fritz joined Anadys as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors on November 20, 2006. Previously, he founded and developed several successful ...more

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Olaf Sporns is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Olaf Sporns Olaf Sporns is Provost Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. Dr. Sporns received his degree from Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in Tübingen, West ...more

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Jonathan Lear is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Jonathan Lear Philosopher Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago.

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Peter Gray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Peter Gray Professor, Psychologist Peter Gray is an American psychologist who currently occupies the position of research professor of psychology at Boston College. He is the author of a widely used introductory psychology ...more

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Michael E. Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Michael E. Greenberg Michael Greenberg is an American neuroscientist who specializes in neurobiology at the molecular level.

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Amos Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Amos Smith Chemist Amos B. Smith III is an American chemist. He is most notable for his research in the total synthesis of complex natural product, as well as the chemistry of mammalian pheromones and chemical ...more

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Bruce McEwen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Bruce McEwen Scientist Bruce Sherman McEwen is the Alfred E. Mirsky professor of neuroscience and runs the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University.

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Tomas Lindahl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Tomas Lindahl Tomas Robert Lindahl FRS FMedSci is a Swedish scientist specialising in cancer research.

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David J. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
David J. Anderson David J. Anderson is an American neurobiologist. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. His lab is located at the California Institute of Technology, where he current holds the ...more

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Harvey Lodish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Harvey Lodish Professor Harvey F. Lodish is a molecular and cell biologist, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and lead author of ...more

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Peter Hotez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Peter Hotez Dr. Peter J. Hotez is a scientist, pediatrician, and leading advocate and expert in the fields of global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical disease control. He serves as founding dean ...more

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Erich Traub is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Erich Traub Scientist Erich Traub was a German veterinarian and scientist/virologist who specialized in foot-and-mouth disease, Rinderpest and Newcastle disease. Traub was a member of the National Socialist Motor ...more

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Charles F. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Charles F. Stevens Charles F. "Chuck" Stevens is an American neurobiologist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. He is currently the Vincent J. Coates Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies ...more

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James L. Gould is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
James L. Gould James L. Gould is an American ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and popular science writer. He has served as a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University since ...more

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Christopher T. Walsh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Christopher T. Walsh Christopher T. Walsh is a Hamilton Kuhn professor of biological chemistry and pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on enzymes and enzyme inhibition, and most recently he ...more

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M. R. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
M. R. C. Greenwood Mary Rita Cooke Greenwood was the President of the University of Hawaiʻi until 2013. She also holds an appointment as a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Nutrition and Internal Medicine at the ...more

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Caleb Finch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Caleb Finch Professor, Author Caleb 'Tuck' Finch is a professor at the University of Southern California's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology who studies aging in humans, with expertise in cell biology and Alzheimer's ...more

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Sam Gandy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Rockefeller University Alumni
Sam Gandy Professor, Researcher Dr. Samuel E. Gandy is an international expert in the metabolism of the sticky substance called amyloid that clogs the brain in patients with Alzheimer's.