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Famous University Of Rochester Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 9.1k views257 items

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

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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?”
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    Leland Clark

    Chemist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 86 (1918-2005)

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Leland C. Clark Jr. (December 4, 1918 – September 25, 2005) was an American biochemist born in Rochester, New York. He is most well known as the inventor of the Clark electrode, a device used for...  more
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    Edward Gibson

    Physicist, Astronaut

    Age84

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    Edward George Gibson (born November 8, 1936) is a former NASA astronaut, pilot, engineer, and physicist. Before becoming an astronaut, Gibson graduated from the University of Rochester and the...  more
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    William Harkness

    Inventor, Surgeon

    AgeDec. at 65 (1837-1903)

    BirthplaceEcclefechan, United Kingdom

    William Harkness (December 17, 1837 – February 28, 1903) was an astronomer. He was born at Ecclefechan, Scotland, a son of James (1803–78) and Jane (née Wield) Harkness. His father was a pastor and...  more
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    George B. Selden

    Businessperson, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 75 (1846-1922)

    BirthplaceClarkson, New York

    George Baldwin Selden (September 14, 1846 in Clarkson, New York – January 17, 1922 in Rochester, New York) was a patent lawyer and inventor who was granted a U.S. patent for an automobile in 1895....  more
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    Gary L. Francione

    Professor, Philosopher

    Age67

    Gary Lawrence Francione (born May 1954) is an American legal scholar. He is the Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy at Rutgers School of...  more
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    N. (Nancy) Katherine Hayles (born 16 December 1943) is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for her contribution to the fields of literature and science, electronic literature, and American...  more
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    Michael O'Donoghue

    Editor, Songwriter

    AgeDec. at 54 (1940-1994)

    BirthplaceSauquot, New York, United States of America

    Michael O'Donoghue (January 5, 1940 – November 8, 1994) was an American writer and performer. He was known for his dark and destructive style of comedy and humor, was a major contributor to National...  more
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    Robert Forster

    Film Producer, Actor

    AgeDec. at 78 (1941-2019)

    BirthplaceRochester, New York, United States of America

    Robert Wallace Forster Jr. (born July 13, 1941) is an American actor, known for his roles as John Cassellis in Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool (1969), Lebanese terrorist Abdul Rafai in The Delta Force...  more
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    Renée Richards

    Tennis player, Physician

    Age87

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Renée Richards (born August 19, 1934) is an American ophthalmologist and former tennis player who had some success on the professional circuit in the 1970s, and became widely known following...  more

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    Galway Kinnell

    Poet, Novelist

    Age94

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    Galway Mills Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014) was an American poet. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1982 collection, Selected Poems and split the National Book Award for...  more
  • 11

    Joan Roughgarden

    Biologist, Science writer

    Age75

    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey

    Joan Roughgarden (born on 13 March 1946) is an American ecologist and evolutionary biologist. She is well known for her theistic evolutionism and critical studies on Charles Darwin's theory of...  more
  • 12

    Cary Nelson

    Professor, Writer

    Age75

    Cary Nelson (1946), is an American professor emeritus of English and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was president of the American...  more
  • 13

    Peter van Inwagen

    Physician, Philosopher

    Age79

    Peter van Inwagen (; born September 21, 1942) is an American analytic philosopher and the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a Research...  more
  • 14

    Daniel M. Kimmel

    Film critic, Educator

    Age66

    Daniel M. Kimmel (born 1955) is an American film critic and author.In September 2014, he became editor of The Jewish Advocate where he served through December 2015. He received a B.A. from the...  more
  • 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 public health advocate for sexual education. Her most notable feat was overturning the American Medical...  more
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    Bill Kauffman

    Journalist, Author

    Age61

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bill Kauffman (born November 15, 1959) is an American political writer generally aligned with the localist movement. He was born in Batavia, New York, and currently resides in Elba, New York, with...  more
  • 17

    AgeDec. at 73 (1916-1990)

    BirthplaceYonkers, New York, United States of America

    Samuel Studdiford Stratton (September 27, 1916 – September 13, 1990) was a Democratic political figure in Upstate New York. He is notable for his service as Mayor of Schenectady, and his 30-year...  more
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    David McCurdy Baird

    Science writer, Geologist

    Age101

    BirthplaceFredericton, Canada

    David McCurdy Baird, (born July 28, 1920) is a Canadian geologist, photographer, and academic. He is the older brother to Dr. Kenneth Baird....  more
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    Steven Chu

    Physicist, Professor

    Age73

    BirthplaceArea code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America

    Steven Chu (Chinese: 朱棣文; pinyin: Zhū Dìwén, born February 28, 1948) is an American physicist and a former government official. He is known for his research at the University of California at...  more
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    Susan Hockfield

    Educator, Neuroscientist

    Age70

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Susan Hockfield (born March 24, 1951) is an American neuroscientist who from December 2004 through June 2012 served as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hockfield...  more
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    David Allan Bromley

    Physicist, Educator

    AgeDec. at 78 (1926-2005)

    BirthplaceWhitewater Region, Canada

    David Allan Bromley (May 4, 1926 – February 10, 2005) was a Canadian-American physicist, academic administrator and Science Advisor to American president George H. W. Bush. His field of research was...  more
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    Bruce Schneier

    Technologist, Author

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bruce Schneier (; born January 15, 1963) is an American cryptographer, computer security professional, privacy specialist and writer. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society...  more
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    John C. Slater

    Physicist, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 75 (1900-1976)

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois

    John Clarke Slater (December 22, 1900 – July 25, 1976) was a noted American physicist who made major contributions to the theory of the electronic structure of atoms, molecules and solids. This work...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of Rochester and be of some renown.