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Famous University Of Rochester Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to University of Rochester and be of some renown.

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

This list includes Robert Forster, Shirley Jackson and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Rochester?” and “Which celebrities are University of Rochester alumni?”
  • 1
    Leland Clark

    Leland Clark

    Chemist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 87 (1918-2005)

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Leland C. Clark Jr. (December 4, 1918 – September 25, 2005) was an American biochemist born in... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Edward Gibson

    Edward Gibson

    Physicist, Astronaut


    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    Edward George Gibson (born November 8, 1936) is a former NASA astronaut, pilot, engineer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    William Harkness

    William Harkness

    Inventor, Surgeon

    AgeDec. at 66 (1837-1903)

    BirthplaceEcclefechan, United Kingdom

    William Harkness (December 17, 1837 – February 28, 1903) was an astronomer. He was born at... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    George B. Selden

    George B. Selden

    Businessperson, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 76 (1846-1922)

    BirthplaceClarkson, New York

    George Baldwin Selden (September 14, 1846 in Clarkson, New York – January 17, 1922 in... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Gary L. Francione

    Gary L. Francione

    Professor, Philosopher


    Gary Lawrence Francione (born May 1954) is an American legal scholar. He is the Distinguished... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    N. Katherine Hayles
    N. (Nancy) Katherine Hayles (born 16 December 1943) is a postmodern literary critic, most... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Michael O'Donoghue

    Michael O'Donoghue

    Editor, Songwriter

    AgeDec. at 54 (1940-1994)

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Sauquot

    Michael O'Donoghue (January 5, 1940 – November 8, 1994) was an American writer and performer.... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Robert Forster

    Robert Forster

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceRochester, New York, USA

    Robert Wallace Forster Jr. (born July 13, 1941) is an American actor, known for his roles as... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Renée Richards

    Renée Richards

    Tennis player, Physician


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Renée Richards (born August 19, 1934) is an American ophthalmologist and former tennis player... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Galway Kinnell

    Galway Kinnell

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    Galway Mills Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014) was an American poet. He won the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Joan Roughgarden

    Joan Roughgarden

    Biologist, Science writer


    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey

    Joan Roughgarden (born on 13 March 1946) is an American ecologist and evolutionary biologist.... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Cary Nelson

    Cary Nelson

    Professor, Writer


    Cary Nelson (1946), is an American professor emeritus of English and Jubilee Professor of... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Peter van Inwagen

    Physician, Philosopher


    Peter van Inwagen (; born September 21, 1942) is an American analytic philosopher and the John... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Daniel M. Kimmel

    Film critic, Educator


    Daniel M. Kimmel (born 1955) is an American film critic and author.In September 2014, he... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    AgeDec. at 94 (1904-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Mary Steichen Calderone (July 1, 1904 – October 24, 1998) was an American physician and a... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Bill Kauffman

    Bill Kauffman

    Journalist, Author


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bill Kauffman (born November 15, 1959) is an American political writer generally aligned with... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Samuel S. Stratton

    AgeDec. at 74 (1916-1990)

    BirthplaceYonkers, New York, United States of America

    Samuel Studdiford Stratton (September 27, 1916 – September 13, 1990) was a Democratic... more on Wikipedia
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    David McCurdy Baird

    David McCurdy Baird

    Science writer, Geologist


    BirthplaceFredericton, Canada

    David McCurdy Baird, (born July 28, 1920) is a Canadian geologist, photographer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Steven Chu

    Steven Chu

    Physicist, Professor


    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Steven Chu (Chinese: 朱棣文; pinyin: Zhū Dìwén, born February 28, 1948) is an American physicist... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Annie Le
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    Susan Hockfield

    Susan Hockfield

    Educator, Neuroscientist


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Susan Hockfield (born March 24, 1951) is an American neuroscientist who from December 2004... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    David Allan Bromley

    David Allan Bromley

    Physicist, Educator

    AgeDec. at 79 (1926-2005)

    BirthplaceWhitewater Region, Canada

    David Allan Bromley (May 4, 1926 – February 10, 2005) was a Canadian-American physicist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Bruce Schneier

    Bruce Schneier

    Technologist, Author


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bruce Schneier (; born January 15, 1963) is an American cryptographer, computer security... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    John C. Slater

    Physicist, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 76 (1900-1976)

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois

    John Clarke Slater (December 22, 1900 – July 25, 1976) was a noted American physicist who made... more on Wikipedia