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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including Sally Ride and Stephen Lang.

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

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Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Sally Ride Physicist, Astronaut

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Alice Stokes Paul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni

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Richard Pillard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Richard Pillard Physician

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Christian B. Anfinsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni

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Howard Martin Temin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni

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Jonathan Franzen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Jonathan Franzen Novelist, Essayist, Writer

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David Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
David Lewis Physician, Philosopher

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Steven Gilborn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Steven Gilborn Actor, Teacher

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Diane di Prima is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Diane di Prima Poet, Writer

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Ben Brantley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Ben Brantley Journalist, Writer, Critic

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Beth Littleford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Beth Littleford Comedian, Actor, Presenter

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Helen Magill White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni

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James Hormel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni

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Edward C. Prescott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Edward C. Prescott Professor, Economist

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Rudy Rucker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Rudy Rucker Novelist, Computer scientist, Author

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Gerard K. O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Gerard K. O'Neill Journalist, Physicist, Author

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John C. Mather is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
John C. Mather Physicist, Astronomer

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Robert Zoellick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Robert Zoellick Politician

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Martin Felix Krafft is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Martin Felix Krafft Programmer

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Christopher Edley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni

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Michael Dukakis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Michael Dukakis Politician, Lawyer, Teacher

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William Foote Whyte is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
William Foote Whyte Anthropologist

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John Hopfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
John Hopfield Biologist, Physicist, Professor

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Malcolm Browne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Malcolm Browne Editor, Journalist, Science writer

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Carol Gilligan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Carol Gilligan Psychologist, Author

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Eben Moglen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Eben Moglen Professor, Law professor, Lawyer

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Stephen Lang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Stephen Lang Actor, Playwright

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David D. Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
David D. Clark Computer scientist

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Mary M. Schroeder is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Mary M. Schroeder Judge, Lawyer

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Ralph Linton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Ralph Linton Anthropologist

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David Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
David Baltimore Biologist, Professor, Scientist

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Frances Wilson Grayson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni

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A. Mitchell Palmer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
A. Mitchell Palmer Statesman, Lawyer

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Peter Deutsch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Peter Deutsch Politician

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Joseph Ruff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni

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Robert Putnam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Robert Putnam Educator, Author

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James H. Scheuer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
James H. Scheuer Politician

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Peter J. Weinberger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Peter J. Weinberger Computer scientist, Scientist

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Robert P. George is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Robert P. George Professor, Law professor, Philosopher

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Adam Haslett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Adam Haslett Author, Writer

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Frank H. Easterbrook is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Frank H. Easterbrook Judge, Lawyer

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Jeffrey A. Hart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Jeffrey A. Hart Political Science

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Clark Kerr is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni

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Brendan Nyhan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Brendan Nyhan Writer, Political Science

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Carl Levin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Carl Levin Politician, Author, Lawyer

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P.D.Q. Bach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
P.D.Q. Bach Composer

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Eugene Galanter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Eugene Galanter Psychologist

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Antoinette Sayeh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Antoinette Sayeh Politician, Economist

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A. Ross Eckler, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
A. Ross Eckler, Jr. Statistician

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Peter Berkowitz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Swarthmore College Alumni
Peter Berkowitz Political scientist