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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different graduates, including Albert Einstein and Rosa Luxemburg.

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

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Albert Einstein Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

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Rosa Luxemburg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Rosa Luxemburg Economist, Philosopher Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen. She was, successively, a member of the ...more

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Psychiatrist, Author Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, where she first discussed her theory ...more

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Muammer Aksoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Muammer Aksoy Politician, Journalist Muammer Aksoy was a Turkish academic of law, politician, columnist and intellectual, who was assassinated by unknown murderers.

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Albert Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Albert Hofmann Chemist, Scientist Albert Hofmann was a Swiss scientist known best for being the first person to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide. Hofmann was also the first ...more

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Marie-Louise von Franz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Marie-Louise von Franz Psychologist, Scientist Marie-Louise von Franz was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar, renowned for her psychological interpretations of fairy tales and of alchemical manuscripts.

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Wilhelm Röntgen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Wilhelm Röntgen Physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was a German physicist, who, on 8 November 1895, produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range known as X-rays or Röntgen rays, an ...more

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Guerino Mazzola is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Guerino Mazzola Jazz Pianist, Mathematician, Musicologist Guerino Mazzola is a Swiss mathematician, musicologist, jazz pianist as well as book writer. He graduated at the University of Zürich in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and Crystallography ...more

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Eugene W. Hilgard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Eugene W. Hilgard Geologist Eugene Woldemar Hilgard was a German-American expert on pedology. An authority on soil chemistry and reclamation of alkali soils, he is considered the father of modern soil science in the United ...more

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Carl Jung is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Carl Jung Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung, often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also ...more

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Adolf Meyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Adolf Meyer Psychiatrist, Physician, Science writer Adolf Meyer, was a psychiatrist who rose to prominence as the first psychiatrist-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was president of the American Psychiatric Association in 1927-28 and ...more

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Walther Nernst is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Walther Nernst Physicist, Chemist Walther Hermann Nernst, ForMemRS was a German physicist who is known for his theories behind the calculation of chemical affinity as embodied in the third law of thermodynamics, for which he won ...more

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Georg Joachim Rheticus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Georg Joachim Rheticus Mathematician, Astrologer Georg Joachim de Porris, also known as Rheticus, was a mathematician, cartographer, navigational-instrument maker, medical practitioner, and teacher. He is perhaps best known for his ...more

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Max Frisch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Max Frisch Novelist, Architect, Writer Max Rudolf Frisch was a Swiss playwright and novelist. Frisch's works focused on problems of identity, individuality, responsibility, morality, and political commitment. His use of irony is a ...more

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Mileva Marić is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Mileva Marić Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist Mileva Marić was a Serbian physicist. She was the only woman among Albert Einstein's fellow students at the Zurich Polytechnic. They developed a relationship and had a daughter before their ...more

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Alfred Werner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Alfred Werner Chemist Alfred Werner was a Swiss chemist who was a student at ETH Zurich and a professor at the University of Zurich. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1913 for proposing the octahedral ...more

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Friedrich Dürrenmatt Painter, Novelist, Author Friedrich Dürrenmatt was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author's work ...more

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John Bates Clark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
John Bates Clark Economist John Bates Clark was an American neoclassical economist. He was one of the pioneers of the marginalist revolution and opponent to the Institutionalist school of economics, and spent most of his ...more

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Josef Müller-Brockmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Josef Müller-Brockmann Graphic Designer Josef Müller-Brockmann, was a Swiss graphic designer and teacher. He studied architecture, design and history of art at both the University and Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich. In 1936 he ...more

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Henry Fuseli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Henry Fuseli Curator, Artist Henry Fuseli was a Swiss painter, draughtsman and writer on art who spent much of his life in Britain. Many of his works, such as The Nightmare deal with supernatural subject-matter. He painted ...more

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Marc Faber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Marc Faber Businessperson, Investor, Author Marc Faber is a Swiss investor based in Thailand. Faber is publisher of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report newsletter and is the director of Marc Faber Ltd which acts as an investment advisor and ...more

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Paul Karrer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Paul Karrer Chemist Paul Karrer was a Swiss organic chemist best known for his research on vitamins. He and Walter Haworth won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1937.

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Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf Politician, Lawyer Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf is a Swiss lawyer, politician, and member of the Swiss Federal Council since 2008. She is the head of the Federal Department of Finance. She served as President of the ...more

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Alfred Kleiner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Alfred Kleiner Physicist Alfred Kleiner was a Swiss physicist and Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Zurich. He was Albert Einstein's doctoral advisor or Doktorvater. Initially Einstein's advisor was ...more

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Georg Büchner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Georg Büchner Writer, Playwright Karl Georg Büchner was a German dramatist and writer of poetry and prose. He was also a revolutionary, a natural scientist, and the brother of physician and philosopher Ludwig Büchner. ...more

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Marcel Grossmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Marcel Grossmann Mathematician, Scientist Marcel Grossmann was a mathematician and a friend and classmate of Albert Einstein. Grossmann was a member of an old Swiss family from Zurich. His father managed a textile factory. He became a ...more

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Ueli Steiger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Ueli Steiger Cinematographer Ueli Steiger is a film cinematographer.

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Walter Rudolf Hess is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Walter Rudolf Hess Walter Rudolf Hess was a Swiss physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1949 for mapping the areas of the brain involved in the control of internal organs. He shared the ...more

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Anatoly Lunacharsky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Anatoly Lunacharsky Politician, Journalist Anatoly Vasilyevich Lunacharsky was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and the first Soviet People's Commissar of Education responsible for culture and education. He was active as an art critic and ...more

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Arnold Theiler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Arnold Theiler Veterinarian Sir Arnold Theiler Pour le Mérite is considered to be the father of veterinary science in South Africa. He was born in Frick, Canton Aargau, Switzerland. He received his higher education, ...more

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Simon Schwendener is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Simon Schwendener Botanist Simon Schwendener was a Swiss botanist who was a native of Buchs in the Canton of St. Gallen. In 1856 he received his doctorate at the University of Zurich, where afterwards he was an assistant ...more

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Rudolf Wolf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Rudolf Wolf Johann Rudolf Wolf was a Swiss astronomer and mathematician best known for his research on sunspots. Wolf was born in Fällanden, near Zurich. He studied at the universities of Zurich, ...more

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Erich Gamma is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Erich Gamma Software Engineer, Writer Erich Gamma is a Swiss computer scientist and co-author of the influential software engineering textbook, Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software. He co-wrote the JUnit ...more

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Leo Loeb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Leo Loeb Physician Leo Loeb, was an American physician, educator, and experimental pathologist.

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Augusto Gansser-Biaggi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Augusto Gansser-Biaggi Geologist Augusto Gansser-Biaggi was a Swiss geologist who specialised in the geology of the Himalayas. He was born in Milan.

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August Bischler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
August Bischler Chemist August Bischler was a Russian Empire-born ethnic Crimea German chemist who later emigrated to Switzerland. Together with Bernard Napieralski he discovered the Bischler-Napieralski reaction.

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Sandra Hess is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Sandra Hess Actor Sandra Hess is a Swiss actress. She is best known for her role as Sonya Blade in the film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and Lieutenant Alexandra 'Ice' Jensen in the television series Pensacola: ...more

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Claus Westermann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Claus Westermann Claus Westermann was a German Protestant Old Testament scholar. He taught at the University of Heidelberg from 1958 to 1978. Born to African missionaries, he finished his studies in 1933 he ...more

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Hermann Rorschach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Hermann Rorschach Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach was a Swiss Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, best known for developing a projective test known as the Rorschach inkblot test. This test was reportedly designed to ...more

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Jakob Kellenberger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Jakob Kellenberger Jakob Kellenberger is a former Swiss diplomat and former president of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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M. Carey Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
M. Carey Thomas Martha Carey Thomas was an American educator, suffragist, linguist, and second President of Bryn Mawr College.

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Florence Kelley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Florence Kelley Florence Kelley was a social and political reformer. Her work against sweatshops and for the minimum wage, eight-hour workdays, and children's rights is widely regarded today. From its founding ...more

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Philipp Gonon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Philipp Gonon Philipp C. Gonon is a Swiss educationist with his main focus on vocational education and training studies and continuing education.

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Susan Dimock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Susan Dimock Physician Susan Dimock M.D. was a pioneer in American Medicine who received her qualification as a doctor from the University of Zurich in 1871 and was subsequently appointed resident physician of the New ...more

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Chen Yinke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Chen Yinke Historian Chen Yinke was a sinologist and a fellow of Academia Sinica, considered one of the most original and creative historians in 20th century China. His representative works are Draft essays on the ...more

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Yoko Tawada is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Yoko Tawada Writer Yōko Tawada is a Japanese writer currently living in Berlin, Germany. She writes in both Japanese and German. Tawada was born in Tokyo, received her undergraduate education at Waseda University ...more

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James Hillman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
James Hillman Psychologist James Hillman appeared in the 2007 film The 11th Hour.

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Nicholas Kemmer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Nicholas Kemmer Physicist Nicholas Kemmer, FRS, was a Russian-born British nuclear physicist who played an integral and leading edge role in United Kingdom's nuclear programme, and was known as a mentor of Abdus Salam – ...more

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Jean Piaget is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Jean Piaget Psychologist, Philosopher Jean Piaget was a Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher known for his epistemological studies with children. His theory of cognitive development and epistemological view are together ...more

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Robert Tobler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Zurich Alumni
Robert Tobler Politician, Lawyer Robert Tobler was a Swiss far right politician. Born in Zürich, he followed his father by studying law at University of Zurich and working as a lawyer. Initially attracted to liberalism, he ...more