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

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

List is made up of graduates like Marie Curie and Charles Boyer.

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

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Marie Curie Physicist, Chemist, Scientist Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first ...more

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Vera Wang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Vera Wang Fashion designer, Designer Vera Ellen Wang is an American fashion designer based in New York City and former figure skater. She is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, ...more

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Christian Lacroix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Christian Lacroix Fashion designer, Designer Christian Marie Marc Lacroix is a French fashion designer. The name may also refer to the company he founded.

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Roland Barthes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Roland Barthes Writer, Philosopher Roland Gérard Barthes was a French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician. Barthes' ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development ...more

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Charles Boyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Charles Boyer Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Charles Boyer was a French actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. After receiving an education in drama, Boyer started on the stage, but he found his success in American ...more

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Pierre Curie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Pierre Curie Physicist, Chemist Pierre Curie was a French physicist, a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity. In 1903 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Marie ...more

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Gilles Deleuze is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Gilles Deleuze Philosopher Gilles Deleuze was a French philosopher who, from the early 1960s until his death, wrote influentially on philosophy, literature, film, and fine art. His most popular works were the two volumes ...more

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Kutluğ Ataman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Kutluğ Ataman Film Producer, Screenwriter, Filmmaker Kutluğ Ataman is a filmmaker and contemporary artist. He resides in London, England.

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Monique Wittig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Monique Wittig Writer Monique Wittig was a French author and feminist theorist who wrote about overcoming socially enforced gender roles and who coined the phrase "heterosexual contract". She published her ...more

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Issei Sagawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Issei Sagawa Writer Issei Sagawa is a Japanese man who in 1981, while in Paris, murdered and cannibalized a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt. After his release, he became a minor celebrity in Japan and made ...more

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Painter, Poet, Essayist Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art ...more

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Odysseas Elytis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Odysseas Elytis Poet Odysseas Elytis was regarded as a major exponent of romantic modernism in Greece and the world. In 1979 the Nobel Prize in Literature was bestowed on him, making him the only Nobel laureate born ...more

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Léopold Sédar Senghor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Léopold Sédar Senghor Poet, Politician, Author Léopold Sédar Senghor was a Senegalese poet, politician, and cultural theorist who for two decades served as the first president of Senegal. Senghor was the first African elected ...more

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Barbet Schroeder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Barbet Schroeder Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Barbet Schroeder is a Swiss-born French film director and producer who started his career in French cinema in the 1960s, working together with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques ...more

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Corinne Calvet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Corinne Calvet Actor Corinne Calvet, born Corinne Dibos, was a French actress who appeared mostly in American films.

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Claude Lévi-Strauss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Claude Lévi-Strauss Anthropologist, Philosopher, Ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss was a French anthropologist and ethnologist whose work was key in the development of the theory of structuralism and structural anthropology. He held the Chair of ...more

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Gisèle Freund is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Gisèle Freund Photographer Gisèle Freund was a German-born French photographer and photojournalist, famous for her documentary photography and portraits of writers and artists. Her best-known book is Photographie ...more

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Romare Bearden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Romare Bearden Writer, Artist Romare Bearden was an American artist and writer who depicted African-American life. He has worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils and collages. Born in Charlotte, North ...more

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William Klein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
William Klein Painter, Soldier, Screenwriter William Klein is an American-born French photographer and filmmaker noted for his ironic approach to both media and his extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context of ...more

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Robert Fate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Robert Fate Writer Robert Fate is an American author, best known for the Baby Shark series of mystery novels. Born in 1935 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Fate joined the US Marine Corps after High School. He used his ...more

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John Cairncross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
John Cairncross John Cairncross was a British civil servant who became an intelligence officer and spy during World War II. As a Soviet double agent, he passed to the Soviet Union the raw Tunny decrypts that ...more

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Sarah Biasini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Sarah Biasini Actor Sarah Magdalena Biasini is a French actress, the daughter of actress Romy Schneider and her second husband and former private secretary Daniel Biasini .

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Etel Adnan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Etel Adnan Etel Adnan is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist. In 2003 MELUS, the journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, called Adnan ...more

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Joseph Abboud is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Joseph Abboud Fashion designer, Designer Joseph Abboud is an American menswear fashion designer and author.

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Kathleen Widdoes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Kathleen Widdoes Actor Kathleen Effie Widdoes is an American actress.

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Raymond Queneau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Raymond Queneau Poet, Novelist, Writer Raymond Queneau was a French novelist, poet, and co-founder of Ouvroir de littérature potentielle, notable for his wit and his cynical humour.

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Karl Llewellyn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Karl Llewellyn Karl Nickerson Llewellyn was a prominent American jurisprudential scholar associated with the school of legal realism. The Journal of Legal Studies has identified Llewellyn as one of the twenty ...more

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Nedim Gürsel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Nedim Gürsel Nedim Gürsel is a Turkish writer. In the late 1960s, he published novellas and essays in Turkish magazines. After graduating from Galatasaray High School in 1970, he studied at the ...more

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Brion Gysin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Brion Gysin Painter, Poet, Writer Brion Gysin was a painter, writer, sound poet, and performance artist born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire. He is best known for his discovery of the cut-up technique, used by his friend, the ...more

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Jean Schopfer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Jean Schopfer Jean Schopfer was a tennis player competing for France, and a writer, known under the pseudonym of Claude Anet. He reached two singles finals at the Amateur French Championships, winning in 1892 ...more

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Claire Huchet Bishop is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Claire Huchet Bishop Librarian, Novelist Claire Huchet Bishop was a children's writer and librarian, winner of the Newbery Honor for Pancakes-Paris and All Alone and the Josette Frank Award for Twenty and Ten. The Five Chinese Brothers ...more

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Maria Ley-Piscator is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Maria Ley-Piscator Maria Ley-Piscator is best known as the wife of Erwin Piscator, Germany's famous left-wing theater director. Born on 1 August 1898 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, Maria Ley sought to create a ...more

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Frank McEwen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Frank McEwen Francis Jack "Frank" McEwen, OBE was an English artist, teacher, and museum administrator. He is best remembered today for his efforts to bring attention to the work of Shona artists ...more

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Rachid Boudjedra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Rachid Boudjedra Writer Rashid Boudjedra is an Algerian poet, novelist, playwright and critic. Boudjedra wrote in French from 1965 to 1981, at which point he switched to writing in Arabic, often translating his own ...more

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Nadji Tehrani is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Nadji Tehrani Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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Judith Cabaud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Judith Cabaud Judith Cabaud is an American-born French writer and musicologist. She was born into a Jewish family of Polish and Russian heritage. After studying science at New York University, she went to ...more

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George Whitman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
George Whitman George Whitman was the proprietor of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris, which continues to be a popular tourist attraction. He was a contemporary of such Beat poets as Jack Kerouac ...more

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Ralph Oman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Ralph Oman Ralph Oman was born in 1940 in Huntington, New York. He studied at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1960-61 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Hamilton College in 1962. From 1962 to ...more

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Douglas Cooper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Douglas Cooper Douglas Cooper, who also published as Douglas Lord was a British art historian, art critic and art collector. He mainly collected Cubist works.

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John Gunther Dean is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
John Gunther Dean Diplomat John Gunther Dean is a distinguished career United States diplomat. From 1974-1988, Dean served as the United States Ambassador to five different nations under four different U.S. Presidents.

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Sylvère Lotringer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Sylvère Lotringer Writer Sylvère Lotringer is a literary critic and cultural theorist. A younger contemporary of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio and Michel Foucault, he is ...more

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Liliane Lijn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Liliane Lijn Liliane Lijn, is an American-born artist who was the first woman artist to work with kinetic text, exploring both light and text as early as 1962. She has lived in London since 1966. Utilising ...more

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Alexander M. Schenker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Alexander M. Schenker Alexander M. Schenker is an American Slavist, professor emeritus of Slavic linguistics at Yale University, and the winner of the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Slavic Studies for his ...more

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Max Beauvoir is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Sorbonne Alumni
Max Beauvoir Max Gesner Beauvoir is a Haitian biochemist and houngan.