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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Misha Collins and Ed Asner.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Chicago?” and “Which celebrities are University of Chicago alumni?”
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Robin Harper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Robin Harper
In her initial years at Linden Lab, Robin led the emergence of the Second Life brand, including naming, positioning and the other marketing efforts supporting introduction of this life-changing ...more
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Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison is an American programmer, internet entrepreneur, adventurer, businessman and philanthropist. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the software company ...more
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Harvey Levin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Television producer
Harvey Robert Levin is an American television producer, lawyer, legal analyst and a celebrity reporter. He is the founder of celebrity gossip website TMZ.com and producer of Famous in 12, a 2014 ...more
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Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Film critic, Journalist, Television producer
Roger Joseph Ebert was an American film critic, journalist, and screenwriter. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1975, Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize ...more
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David Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Statesman, Businessperson, Banker
David Rockefeller (June 12, 1915 – March 20, 2017) was an American banker who was chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He was the oldest living member of third generation ...more
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Harry Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Salesperson, Television director, Actor
Harry Morgan was a prolific American actor and director whose television and film career spanned six decades. Morgan's major roles included Pete Porter in both December Bride and Pete and ...more
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Will Geer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Actor, Singer, Botanist
William Aughe Ghere, known as Will Geer, was an American actor and social activist, known for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in the 1970s TV series The Waltons.
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Paul Goodman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Writer
Paul Goodman was an American novelist, playwright, poet and psychotherapist, although now best known as a social critic, anarchist philosopher, and public intellectual. Though often thought of ...more
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Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was an American writer. His works, such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions, blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen, he ...more
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Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Edward "Ed" Asner is an American film, television, and stage actor, voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his Emmy Award-winning ...more
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Nicholas Ray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
Nicholas Ray was an American film director best known for the movie Rebel Without a Cause. Ray is also appreciated by a smaller audience of cinephiles for a large number of narrative features ...more
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Mary Anne Mohanraj is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Writer
Mary Anne Amirthi Mohanraj is an American writer, editor, and academic of Sri Lankan birth.
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John Dewey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Psychologist, Philosopher
John Dewey, FAA was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one of the primary figures ...more
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Patricia Roberts Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Diplomat
Patricia Roberts Harris served in the American administration of President Jimmy Carter as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and United States Secretary of Health, ...more
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Harvey Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Physicist, Inventor
Harvey Fletcher was an American physicist. Known as the "father of stereophonic sound". He is credited with the invention of the audiometer and the first electronic hearing aid. He is ...more
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Carter G. Woodson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Journalist, Historian, Author
Carter Godwin Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first ...more
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Calvin Souther Fuller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Chemist, Inventor
Calvin Souther Fuller was a physical chemist at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked for 37 years from 1930 to 1967. Fuller was part of a team in basic research that found answers to ...more
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Henry Cecil McBay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Chemist, Inventor
Henry Ransom Cecil McBay was an African - American chemist and a teacher.
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Robert Weitbrecht is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Inventor
Robert Haig Weitbrecht was an engineer at SRI International and later the spin-off company Weitbrecht Communications who invented the teleprinter and the modem.
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Lloyd Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Chemist, Inventor
Lloyd Augustus Hall was an African American chemist who contributed to the science of food preservation. By the end of his career, Hall had amassed 59 United States patents, and a number of his ...more
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Jeb Stuart Magruder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Jeb Stuart Magruder was an American Presbyterian minister, businessman, civil servant and author. A Deputy Director of Richard Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President, he pleaded guilty to ...more
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William Thetford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
William Thetford was trained as a psychologist and remained professionally active in this field throughout his life. Thetford worked in a collaborative venture with Helen Schucman in writing and ...more
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Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Physicist, Novelist, Scientist
Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.
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Susan Sontag is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Cultural critic, Novelist, Screenwriter
Susan Sontag was an American writer and filmmaker, teacher and political activist, publishing her first major work, the essay "Notes on 'Camp'", in 1964. Her best known works include ...more
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Edwin Hubble is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Physicist, Astronomer
Edwin Powell Hubble was an American astronomer who played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy and is generally regarded as one of the most important observational ...more