Amherst College Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Amherst College. The list includes people like Calvin Coolidge, David Foster Wallace, Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Emily Dickinson & Charles R. Drew. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as intellectuals & academics, writers, scientists, leaders and physicians etc.
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Dan Brown
(Novelist)
Dan Brown
12
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Exeter, New Hampshire, United States

Dan Brown is an American author best known for writing a series of Robert Langdon novels; three such novels, namely The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno, have been made into films, with Tom Hanks portraying Robert Langdon in all three movies. Also known for his charity work, Dan Brown donates money to several charitable causes.

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Calvin Coolidge
(30th President of the United States (1923–1929))
Calvin Coolidge
29
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 4, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plymouth, Vermont, United States
Died: January 5, 1933

The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge started his career as a lawyer before becoming an influential American politician. A man of few words with a dry sense of humor, Calvin Coolidge represented the middle class, which worked in his favor. Despite being a reclusive politician, Coolidge gave 520 press conferences, making himself available to reporters quite often.

 3 
Albert II, Prince of Monaco
(Prince of Monaco)
Albert II, Prince of Monaco
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Monaco
Albert II, Prince of Monaco, one of the world’s richest royals, is the son of Rainier III and famed actor Grace Kelly. Albert is a former Olympic bobsleigh finalist and an avid environmentalist who works for ocean conservation. He is also associated with many philanthropic organizations, such as Orphans International.
 4 
Jeffrey Wright
20
Birthdate: December 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Jeffrey Wright is a popular American actor. A self-made man, Jeffrey Wright overcame many childhood problems, including the demise of his father, to become an award-winning actor. Jeffrey Wright serves as an inspiration to many black Americans. In 2011, he established a gold exploration company called Taia Lion Resources, which provided employment to several Americans.

 5 
Teller
(Magician and Illusionist Best Known as One-Half of the Comedy Magic Duo ‘Penn & Teller’)
Teller
17
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

American magician and illusionist Teller is most noted for his performance with Penn Jillette as half of the famous comedy magic duo Penn & Teller. Works of Teller also includes featuring in the series Penn & Teller: Bullshit! with Jillette; co-directing and incorporating stage magic techniques in the plays Macbeth and The Tempest; and directing the documentary film Tim's Vermeer. 

 6 
John Michael Higgins
(Actor)
John Michael Higgins
11
Birthdate: February 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 7 
David O. Russell
(Director)
David O. Russell
2
Birthdate: August 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 8 
Hamish Linklater
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Matthew Kimble’ in the TV Series ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’)
Hamish Linklater
4
Birthdate: July 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States

Hamish Linklater is an American actor known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Crazy Ones, and Legion. The son of Kristin Linklater, Hamish Linklater followed in the footsteps of his mother to establish himself in the entertainment industry.

 9 
Drew Pinsky
(Radio personality, Addiction medicine specialist)
Drew Pinsky
3
Birthdate: September 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Uhuru Kenyatta
(President of Kenya)
Uhuru Kenyatta
23
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi

The incumbent Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta is the leader of the Jubilee Party of Kenya. Son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, he was dragged into a controversy after sweeping the 2017 re-elections by winning 98% of the total votes. However, a Supreme Court ruling dismissed all charges against him.

 11 
Stephen Collins
(Actor)
Stephen Collins
8
Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 12 
Rob Cohen
(Director)
Rob Cohen
1
Birthdate: March 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cornwall, New York, USA
 13 
Ken Howard
(Actor)
Ken Howard
3
Birthdate: March 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Centro, California, United States
Died: March 23, 2016
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 14 
David Foster Wallace
49
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States
Died: September 12, 2008

David Foster Wallace was an American author who is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential writers of the past 20 years. His best-known work, Infinite Jest, was named one of the best English-language novels between 1923 and 2005 by Time magazine. Wallace continues to serve as an inspiration to writers like Darin Strauss and George Saunders.

 15 
Clarence Birdseye
(Inventor, Engineer)
Clarence Birdseye
0
Birthdate: December 9, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 7, 1956
 16 
Larry Miller
(Comedian)
Larry Miller
2
Birthdate: October 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 17 
Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Economist & Author)
Joseph E. Stiglitz
5
Birthdate: February 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gary

Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz is best known for his work on the theory of markets with asymmetric information. The MIT alumnus has taught at prestigious institutes such as Harvard and Stanford and currently teaches at Columbia University, He has been an economic advisor to the U.S. government, too.

 18 
David Eisenhower
(Writer and Grandson of Former American President Dwight D. Eisenhower)
David Eisenhower
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States

Author, academic, and public policy fellow David Eisenhower teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted book Eisenhower at War: 1943-1945, he is the grandson of former U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower and the son of John Eisenhower. He is also the son-in-law of Richard Nixon.

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Jim Steinman
(Composer)
Jim Steinman
5
Birthdate: November 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 20 
Harlan Coben
(Writer)
Harlan Coben
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
 21 
Daniel Goleman
(Writer)
Daniel Goleman
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockton, California, U.S.
 22 
John S. Middleton
(American Businessperson)
John S. Middleton
0
Listed In: Philanthropists
Birthplace: United States
 23 
Julie Powell
(Writer)
Julie Powell
1
Birthdate: April 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
 24 
Eric Schneiderman
(Lawyer)
Eric Schneiderman
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
 25 
Harlan F. Stone
(Lawyer)
Harlan F. Stone
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 11, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chesterfield, New Hampshire, United States
Died: April 22, 1946
 26 
William Hedgcock Webster
(Judge)
William Hedgcock Webster
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
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Thomas Francis Eagleton
(Politician)
Thomas Francis Eagleton
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Missouri, US
Died: March 4, 2007
 28 
Rob Brown
(Actor)
Rob Brown
1
Birthdate: March 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, U.S.
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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John Bates Clark
(Economist)
John Bates Clark
0
Birthdate: January 26, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: March 21, 1938
 30 
Aatish Taseer
(Writer, Journalist)
Aatish Taseer
1
Birthdate: November 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
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Chris Coons
(Politician)
Chris Coons
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut Greenwich, Connecticut, United States U.S.
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James Merrill
(American Poet)
James Merrill
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 6, 1995
 33 
Antonis Samaras
(Former Prime Minister of Greece)
Antonis Samaras
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Athens

Former Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras was born into an affluent family and had even won the Greek Teen Tennis Championship at 17. He boasts of a Harvard MBA and, as a New Democracy party member, has held several ministerial positions. He had founded the short-lived political party Political Spring.

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Harold E. Varmus
(American Scientist Who Won Nobel Prize in Medicine for Discovery of the Cellular Origin of Retroviral Oncogenes)
Harold E. Varmus
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oceanside, New York, United States

Harold E. Varmus is an American scientist who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with J. Michael Bishop for their discovery of the retroviral oncogenes' cellular origin. From 1993 to 1999, he served as the director of the National Institutes of Health. From 2010 to 2015, he served as the director of the National Cancer Institute.

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John M. Deutch
(United States Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1995)
John M. Deutch
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 27, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

John M. Deutch is an American civil servant and physical chemist. He is best known for his service as the Director of Central Intelligence from 10 May 1995 to 15 December 1996. John M. Deutch also served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1995.

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John J. McCloy
(Diplomat)
John J. McCloy
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 31, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 11, 1989
 37 
P. D. Eastman
(Writer, Illustrator)
P. D. Eastman
0
Birthdate: November 25, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 7, 1986
 38 
Matt Besser
(Actor)
Matt Besser
5
Birthdate: September 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Charles E. Merrill
(Philanthropist)
Charles E. Merrill
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 19, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States
Died: October 6, 1956
 40 
Stephen Cole Kleene
(Mathematician, Computer scientist, Philosopher, University teacher)
Stephen Cole Kleene
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 5, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hartford
Died: January 25, 1994
 41 
Richard Wilbur
(Poet)
Richard Wilbur
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 14, 2017
 42 
George Papandreou
(Former Prime Minister of Greece (2009 - 2011))
George Papandreou
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

George Papandreou is a Greek politician who is currently serving as the President of the Socialist International (SI). From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Prime Minister of Greece. He has also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions.

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Robert Lansing
(United States Secretary of State)
Robert Lansing
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Watertown, New York, United States
Died: October 30, 1928
 44 
Kingman Brewster, Jr.
(Educator)
Kingman Brewster, Jr.
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Longmeadow, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 8, 1988
 45 
Robert S. Woodworth
(Psychologist)
Robert S. Woodworth
0
Birthdate: October 17, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belchertown, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 4, 1962
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William S. Clark
(Professor)
William S. Clark
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 31, 1826
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 9, 1886
 47 
Bruce Fairchild Barton
(American author)
Bruce Fairchild Barton
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 5, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Robbins, Tennessee
Died: July 5, 1967
 48 
Charles E. Mitchell
(Banker)
Charles E. Mitchell
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 6, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 14, 1955
 49 
Dwight Morrow
(Businessman)
Dwight Morrow
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 11, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia, United States
Died: October 5, 1931
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Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor
(Photojournalist)
Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor
1
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: October 28, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: February 4, 1966
The famous Amherst College, situated in the state of Massachusetts, is one of the best places to study liberal arts in the whole of United States. This college, which started way back in 1821, was a men’s only institution, but became co-educational quite recently, in 1975 to be precise. An online source says that more than 8000 students had applied for an admission in this notable institution, but just over a thousand students were finally accepted by the college. Such is the demand for an admission in this college. The American media company ‘U.S News & World Report’ had mentioned ‘Amherst College’ as the best institution in the United States on ten occasions. The college has also made waves over the years for its notable alumni, some of whom are famous worldwide for their outstanding accomplishments. The most notable of these was the legendary political leader Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. His journey from being a small time politician to the first man of the United States is simply remarkable. A few other eminent personalities who were once students at Amherst College are acclaimed writer Dan Brown, former American politician Harlan F Stone, Monarch Albert II, the Prince of Monaco and actor Rob Brown. Dan Brown is considered a gem of modern literature and has penned several bestsellers such as ‘Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels & Demons’. Both these books were adapted for celluloid and went on to become blockbusters. We have enlisted a few notable alumni who have made Amherst College proud with their remarkable achievements.