Cornell University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Cornell University. The list includes people like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Coulter, Ratan Tata, Bill Nye & Bill Maher. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, scientists, intellectuals & academics, media personalities and film & theater personalities etc.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg
152
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Chief Executive Officer of Facebook
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 2 Bill Nye

Bill Nye
7
Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 3 Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut
7
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: April 11, 2007

 4 Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata
27
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 5 Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
10
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: August 5, 2019

 6 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
11
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Associate Justice of US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 2020

 7 Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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 8 Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve
18
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 10, 2004
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 9 E. B. White

E. B. White
3
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Died: October 1, 1985

 10 Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 11 Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 12 Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First African American Woman To Travel To Space
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 13 Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis
4
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 14 Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks
0
Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Goshen, Indiana, United States
Died: December 26, 1977

 15 Tsai Ing-wen

Tsai Ing-wen
3
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Taiwan (Since 2016)
Birthdate: August 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 16 Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: May 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glen Cove

 17 Gabrielle Giffords

Gabrielle Giffords
2
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona

 18 Andrea Savage

Andrea Savage
0
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 19 Catherine Hicks

Catherine Hicks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 6, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 20 Vikas Khanna

Vikas Khanna
0
Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amritsar, India
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 21 Pearl Buck

Pearl Buck
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: American writer
Birthdate: June 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hillsboro
Died: March 6, 1973

 22 Frank Morgan

Frank Morgan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 1, 1890
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 18, 1949
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 23 S. E. Cupp

S. E. Cupp
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: February 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oceanside, California, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 24 Vera Rubin

Vera Rubin
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: July 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: December 25, 2016

 25 Paul Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician, Economist, Banker
Birthdate: December 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ithaca

 26 Franchot Tone

Franchot Tone
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 1968
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 27 Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow
0
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: May 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 28 Cheryl Crane

Cheryl Crane
1
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Real estate broker
Birthdate: July 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 29 Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Fukuyama is known for his book The End of History and the Last Man
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 30 Harold Gould

Harold Gould
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, USA
Died: September 11, 2010
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 31 Kate Snow

Kate Snow
2
Famous As: TV Journalist
Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bangor, Maine
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 32 Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Garden City, Long Island, New York, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 33 Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 34 Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz
0
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 35 Ming Tsai

Ming Tsai
0
Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: Restaurateur, Squash player, Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport Beach

 36 Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: June 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 24, 2018
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 37 Reggie Fils-Aimé

Reggie Fils-Aimé
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: March 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 38 Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White
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Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist
Birthdate: June 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 27, 1971

 39 Richard Meier

Richard Meier
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect & Abstract Artist
Birthdate: October 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

 40 Robert Smigel

Robert Smigel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 41 Bajrakitiyabha

Bajrakitiyabha
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: December 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, Bangkok, Thailand

 42 Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom
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Famous As: Most famous literary critic in the English-speaking world 2017
Birthdate: July 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 14, 2019

 43 Gad Saad

Gad Saad
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Birthdate: October 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beirut

 44 Sister Souljah

Sister Souljah
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, United States

 45 Ed Marinaro

Ed Marinaro
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 46 Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, USA

 47 Norbert Wiener

Norbert Wiener
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Famous As: Father of Cybernetics
Birthdate: November 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, United States
Died: March 18, 1964

 48 Henry Heimlich

Henry Heimlich
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Physician, University teacher
Birthdate: February 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wilmington
Died: December 17, 2016

 49 Joyce Brothers

Joyce Brothers
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Famous As: American psychologist
Birthdate: October 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: May 13, 2013

 50 Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock
0
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 2, 1992
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