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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Worcester Polytechnic Institute and be of some renown.

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

This list contains graduates like Todd Akin and Dean Kamen.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Worcester Polytechnic Institute?” and “Which celebrities are Worcester Polytechnic Institute alumni?”
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Dean Kamen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor

Age: 67

Birthplace: Rockville Centre, New York, United States of America

Dean Lawrence Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. He is known for his invention of the Segway, as well as founding the non-profit organization FIRST ...more
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Elwood Haynes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Business magnate, Businessperson, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 68 (1857-1925)

Birthplace: Portland, Indiana

Elwood Haynes (October 14, 1857 – April 13, 1925) was an American inventor, metallurgist, automotive pioneer, entrepreneur and industrialist. He invented the metal alloys stellite and ...more
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Robert H. Goddard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Physicist, Professor, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)

Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts

Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945) was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first ...more

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Robert Stempel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni

Age: Dec. at 78 (1933-2011)

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey

Robert Carl Stempel (July 15, 1933 – May 7, 2011) was a Chairman and CEO of General Motors (GM). He joined GM in 1958 as a design engineer at Oldsmobile and was key in the development of the ...more
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Levi L. Conant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Mathematician

Age: Dec. at 59 (1857-1916)

Levi Leonard Conant (March 3, 1857, Littleton, Massachusetts – October 11, 1916, Worcester, Massachusetts) was an American mathematician specializing in trigonometry.
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Bruce Maccabee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Ufologists, Physicist, Ufologist

Age: 76

Birthplace: Rutland City, Vermont

Bruce Maccabee (May 6, 1942) is an American optical physicist formerly employed by the U.S. Navy, and a leading ufologist.
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Harold Stephen Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Electrical engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 85 (1898-1983)

Birthplace: Leominster, Massachusetts

Harold Stephen Black (April 14, 1898 – December 11, 1983) was an American electrical engineer, who revolutionized the field of applied electronics by discovering the negative feedback amplifier ...more
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John Mandile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Venture capitalist
John joined Sigma in 1996. With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, a business unit manager, and an investor, John uses motivation, enthusiasm, and his own technology and operational ...more
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C. Chapin Cutler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 88 (1914-2002)

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

Cassius Chapin Cutler (December 16, 1914 – December 1, 2002) was an American electrical engineer at Bell Labs. His notable achievements include the invention of the corrugated waveguide and ...more
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Todd Akin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Politician

Age: 71

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

William Todd Akin (born July 5, 1947) is an American politician and businessman who is a former U.S. Representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district, serving from 2001 to 2013. He is a ...more
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Arthur E. Martell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Chemist

Age: Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

Arthur E. Martell (October 18, 1916 in Natick, Massachusetts – October 15, 2003 in College Station, Texas) was a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University and ...more
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J. Geils is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Singer

Age: 73

Birthplace: New York City, New York

John Warren Geils Jr. () (February 20, 1946 – April 11, 2017), known professionally as J. Geils or Jay Geils, was an American guitarist. He was known as the leader of The J. Geils Band.Growing ...more
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Richard T. Whitcomb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Aerospace Engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 88 (1921-2009)

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois

Richard Travis Whitcomb (February 21, 1921 – October 13, 2009) was an American aeronautical engineer who was noted for his contributions to the science of aerodynamics.
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John William Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
John William Kendrick

Age: Dec. at 71 (1853-1924)

Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts

John William Kendrick (October 14, 1853 – February 16, 1924) was chief engineer, general manager and vice-president of the Northern Pacific Railway and later vice-chairman of the board of the ...more
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Louis Nashelsky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Electrical engineer, Engineer
Louis Nashelsky, is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Technology at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is also Chairman of the Department of ...more
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Nancy Pimental is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 53

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nancy Marie Pimental (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and film and television writer.
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James Pierpont is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Mathematician

Age: Dec. at 72 (1866-1938)

Birthplace: Connecticut

James P. Pierpont (June 16, 1866 – December 9, 1938) was a Connecticut-born American mathematician. His father Cornelius Pierpont was a wealthy New Haven businessman. He did undergraduate ...more
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Don Millard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni

Age: 63

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Don Millard (born November 28, 1955) is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to joining NSF, he was a faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the ...more
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William Lafayette Darlin... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
William Lafayette Darling Civil engineer

Age: Dec. at 82 (1856-1938)

Birthplace: Oxford, Massachusetts

William Lafayette Darling (1856-1938), was a consulting engineer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Educated at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Bachelor of Science, 1877), he lettered in baseball and ...more
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Michael J. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Mr. Dolan joined Mobil Oil Corporation in 1980 at the Paulsboro, New Jersey, research laboratory. Over the next 13 years, he worked in a variety of engineering and managerial positions ...more
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Charles G. Washburn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni

Age: Dec. at 71 (1857-1928)

Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

Charles Grenfill Washburn (January 28, 1857 – May 25, 1928) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.
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Patrick Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Patrick Delahanty

Age: 45

Birthplace: Lewiston, Maine

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Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Musician

Age: 73

Birthplace: New London, Connecticut

Richard Salwitz (born May 13, 1945), known as Magic Dick, is an American musician, noted for playing the harmonica for the J. Geils Band. In addition to the harmonica, Salwitz plays the trumpet ...more
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David F. Emery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
David F. Emery Politician

Age: 70

Birthplace: Rockland, Maine, United States of America

David Farnham Emery (born September 1, 1948) is an American politician from Maine. A former Republican U.S. Representative , Emery grew up in Rockland before attending college at Worcester ...more
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Eric Hahn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Eric Hahn Businessperson
Eric Hahn (born March 19, 1960) is an American serial entrepreneur and computer software programmer who founded an early e-mail-based groupware company called Collabra Software in 1992. Netscape ...more