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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Meena and Shivrajkumar.

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

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Politician, Professor, Philosopher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967. One of India's most distinguished ...more

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Meena is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Television Show Host, Model, Actor Meena is an actress.

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Srinivasa Ramanujan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Mathematician, Scientist Srinivasa Ramanujan FRS was an Indian mathematician and autodidact who, with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number ...more

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Preetha Reddy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Preetha Reddy Businessperson Preetha Reddy, managing director of Apollo Hospitals, is the largest healthcare conglomerates of India, is one of the pioneer businesswomen of India in the segment of healthcare industry. In ...more

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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, FRS, was an Indian American astrophysicist born in Lahore, Punjab. Chandrasekhar was awarded, along with William A. Fowler, the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics, with ...more

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G. V. Loganathan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Journalist, Civil engineer, Scientist Gobichettipalayam Vasudevan "G. V." Loganathan was an Indian-born American professor, whose most recent position was a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental ...more

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Jayalalithaa Jayaram is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Politician, Actor, Playback singer Jayalalithaa Jayaram, commonly referred to as Jayalalithaa or Amma, is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1991 to 1996, briefly in 2001, from 2002 to 2006 and from ...more

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Chander Raman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Professor Chander Raman (b. 1961), Associate Professor of Medicine, received his B.Sc. degree in Zoology from Madras University, India (1980). He subsequently received his M.S. degree in Microbiology from ...more

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C. K. Prahalad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Professor, Manager, Author Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad was the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in the University of Michigan, ...more

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Ram Shriram is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Businessperson, Investor Ram Shriram started Sherpalo in January, 2000, with the goal of applying his wealth of operating and company building experience to promising early stage ventures. As a technology industry ...more

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KR Sridhar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Venture capitalist K. R. Sridhar கே.ர. ஸ்ரீதர் is the founder and CEO of Bloom Energy.

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Cho Ramaswamy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Politician Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy called as Cho Ramaswamy is a comedian, editor, political satirist, playwright and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. He is the founder and editor of the Tamil magazine, Thuglak. His ...more

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C. V. Raman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, FRS was an Indian physicist, born in the former Madras Province, whose ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for ...more

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E. C. George Sudarshan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan is an Indian theoretical physicist and a professor at the University of Texas. Sudarshan has been credited with numerous contributions to the field of ...more

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P. Chidambaram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Palaniappan Chidambaram is an Indian politician affiliated with the Indian National Congress and a former Union Minister of Finance of India. Chidambaram is a corporate lawyer and an important ...more

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K. Veeramani is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Politician, Social Worker, Lawyer Krishnasamy Veeramani was born on December 2, 1933 in Cuddalore, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu. He is referred as Aasiriyar K.Veeramani. He is the Chancellor of Periyar Maniammai University. He ...more

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Sarojini Naidu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Poet, Politician, Writer Sarojini Naidu, also known by the sobriquet as The Nightingale of India, was an Indian independence activist and poet. Naidu served as the first governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh ...more

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Shivrajkumar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Actor Shiva Rajkumar is an Indian film actor, producer, playback singer, philanthropist and television presenter best known for his work in Kannada cinema. He is the eldest son of actor Rajkumar. ...more

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S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Mathematician, Professor Sathamangalam Ranga Iyengar Srinivasa Varadhan FRS is an Indian American mathematician who is known for his fundamental contributions to probability theory and in particular for creating a ...more

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Raman Parimala is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Mathematician Raman Parimala is an Indian mathematician known for her contributions to algebra. She is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of mathematics at Emory University. For many years, she was a professor ...more

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Ram Appalaraju is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
With more than 23 years of information technology related experience and a proven track record of delivering on company promises with customers, Ram Appalaraju has been named Vice President of ...more

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Udupi Ramachandra Rao is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Physicist Udupi Ramachandra Rao, popularly known as U. R. Rao is a space scientist and former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation. Presently he is the Chairman of the Governing Council of ...more

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Y. Venugopal Reddy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Banker Dr. Yaga Venugopal Reddy, better known as Y. V. Reddy, is an Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1964 batch who served as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 6 September 2003 ...more

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R. Venkataraman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Lawyer Ramaswamy Venkataraman was an Indian lawyer, Indian independence activist and politician who served as a Union minister and as the eighth President of India. Venkataraman was born in Rajamadam ...more

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Chinmayananda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Philosopher Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati was a Hindu spiritual leader and teacher who inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organisation, to spread the knowledge of Advaita ...more

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Cyril Ponnamperuma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Dr. Cyril Andrew Ponnamperuma was a Sri Lankan scientist in the fields of chemical evolution and the origin of life.

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Mokshagundam Visvesvaray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, KCIE was a notable Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. He is a recipient of the Indian Republic's highest honour, the ...more

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Raja Rao is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Novelist, Writer Raja Rao was an Indian writer of English language novels and short stories, whose works are deeply rooted in Hinduism. The Serpent and the Rope, a semi-autobiographical novel recounting a search ...more

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T. Madhava Rao is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Lawyer Raja Sir Tanjore Madhava Rao, KCSI, also known as Sir Madhava Rao Thanjavurkar, was an Indian civil servant, administrator and politician who served as the Diwan of Travancore from 1857 to 1872, ...more

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C. Rangarajan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Economist, Civil servant, Banker C. Rangarajan or Chakravarthi Rangarajan is an Indian economist and a distinguished former Member of Parliament and Ex-Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He is the former Chairman of the ...more

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Rajagopala Chidambaram is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Scientist Rajagopala Chidambaram, popularly known as R. Chidambaram is an Indian condensed matter physicist and nuclear scientist, currently serving as the principal scientific adviser to the federal ...more

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P. Unni Krishnan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Playback singer P. Unnikrishnan is a Carnatic vocalist and a national award winning playback singer.

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K. S. Chandrasekharan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
K. S. Chandrasekharan Mathematician Komaravolu S. Chandrashekhar is a professor emeritus at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. and a founding faculty member of School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of ...more

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T. N. Seshagopalan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Singer Madurai Thirumalai Nambi Seshagopalan is a noted Carnatic singer, musician and composer. As well as being a master of the veena and harmonium, he is an exponent of harikatha. He was conferred ...more

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G. N. Ramachandran is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Gopalasamudram Narayana Iyer Ramachandran, or G.N. Ramachandran, was an Indian physicist who was known for his work that led to his creation of the Ramachandran plot for understanding peptide ...more

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Kamala Markandaya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Journalist, Writer Kamala Markandaya was a pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist. A native of Mysore, India, Markandaya was a graduate of Madras University, and afterwards ...more

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Verghese Kurien is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Writer, Engineer Verghese Kurien was a renowned Indian social entrepreneur and is best known as the "Father of the White Revolution", for his 'billion-litre idea' – the world's largest agricultural ...more

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Narayanan Vaghul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Narayanan Vaghul Banker Narayanan Vaghul is a Philanthropist and an ex banker professional from India. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in the Trade and Industry category in 2010 by the Government of India. Born in a ...more

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Olagunsoye Oyinlola is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Politician Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla, alias Omoba, became governor of Osun State in Nigeria in May 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party. On 26 November 2010 a ...more

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Bapu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Painter, Designer, Cartoonist Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana, known professionally as Bapu, was an Indian film director, and screenwriter known for his works in Telugu cinema. He is a music artist, painter, illustrator, ...more

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W. Lawrence S. Prabhakar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
W. Lawrence S. Prabhakar Dr. W. Lawrence S. Prabhakar, M.A, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Strategic Studies and International Relations in the department of Political Science at Madras Christian College, India and ...more

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David Davidar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer David Davidar is an Indian novelist and publisher. He is the author of three published novels, The House of Blue Mangoes, The Solitude of Emperors and Ithaca. In parallel to his writing career, ...more

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T. V. Seshagiri Iyer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
T. V. Seshagiri Iyer Politician, Lawyer Tiruchendurai Vaidyanatha Seshagiri Iyer was an Indian lawyer and politician who served as a judge of the Madras High Court and represented the University of Madras in the Madras Legislative ...more

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James Vasanthan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Film Score Composer, Newsreader, Composer James Vasanthan is a popular Indian television anchor and a film music composer. For more than a decade, he has worked as an anchor in popular Tamil satellite television channels like Sun TV, ...more

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Anita Rau Badami is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Novelist, Writer Anita Rau Badami is a writer of South Asian descent living in Canada. Born in Rourkela, Odisha, India, she was educated at the University of Madras and Sophia Polytechnic in Bombay. She ...more

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K. Subrahmanyam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Journalist Krishnaswamy Subrahmanyam was a prominent international strategic affairs analyst, journalist and former Indian civil servant. Considered a proponent of Realpolitik, Subrahmanyam has long been ...more

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A. Seshayya Sastri is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Lawyer Sir Amaravati Seshayya Sastri KCSI, or Sashiah Sastri, was an Indian administrator who served as the Diwan of Travancore from May 1872 to 4 May 1877 and as the Diwan of Pudukkottai from 1878 to ...more

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Shankarrao Chavan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Shankarrao Chavan Politician Shankarrao Bhavrao Chavan was an Indian politician who served twice as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1975 until 1977 and from 13 March 1986 until 24 June 1988. He was Finance Minister of ...more

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Sunalini Menon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
Sunalini Menon Sunalini N Menon is Asia's first woman professional in the field of coffee tasting or coffee cupping.

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C. Livingstone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Madras Alumni
C. Livingstone Chrispus Livingstone, often referred as Livi, is an Indian research scientist, botanist, educator and multifaceted person. He was instrumental in upgrading the department of Botany to one of the ...more