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.
Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg
15 March 1933, American
Associate Justice of US Supreme Court
Ratan Tata Ratan Tata
28 December 1937, Indian
Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons

Bill NyeBill Nye
27 November 1955, American
 

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922, American
American writer

Bill MaherBill Maher
20 January 1956, American
Talk Show Host
Huey LewisHuey Lewis
05 July 1950, American
 

Mae JemisonMae Jemison
17 October 1956, American
First African American Woman To Travel To Space

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961, American
 
Jimmy SmitsJimmy Smits
09 July 1955, American
Actor

Jane Lynch (Jane Marie Lynch) Jane Lynch
14 July 1960, American
Actress
Abraham MaslowAbraham Maslow
01 April 1908, American
 

Harry ChapinHarry Chapin
07 December 1942, American
Singer

Janet RenoJanet Reno
21 July 1938, American
78th Attorney General of the United States

Catherine HicksCatherine Hicks
06 August 1951, American
Actress

Howard HawksHoward Hawks
30 May 1896, American
Director
Gabrielle GiffordsGabrielle Giffords
08 June 1970, American
Political Leader

Kate SnowKate Snow
10 May 1969, American
TV Journalist

Franchot ToneFranchot Tone
27 February 1905, American
Actor

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
26 November 1894, American
Father of Cybernetics
Alan KeyesAlan Keyes
07 August 1950, American
Activist

Barbara McClintockBarbara McClintock
16 June 1902, American
Scientist
Steven WeinbergSteven Weinberg
03 May 1933, American
 

Joyce BrothersJoyce Brothers
20 October 1927, American
American psychologist

Allen FuntAllen Funt
16 September 1914, American
Television Host
Richard Alan Meier Richard Meier
12 October 1934, American
Architect & Abstract Artist

Isidor Isaac Rabi Isidor Isaac Rabi
29 July 1898, American
Physicist
Robert W HolleyRobert W. Holley
28 January 1922, American
Biochemist

Pearl BuckPearl Buck
26 June 1892, American
American writer

Nora Stanton Blatch BarneyNora Stanton Blatch Barney
30 September 1883, American
Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights
Olive DennisOlive Dennis
20 November 1885, American
Civil Engineer

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Kate GleasonKate Gleason
25 November 1865, American
Mechanical Engineer
Cristina Greeven CuomoCristina Greeven Cuomo
21 January 1970, Brazilian
Wife of Chris Cuomo

Gillian Leigh AndersonGillian Anderson
09 August 1968, American
Actress

Vikas KhannaVikas Khanna
14 November 1971, Indian, American
Chef

Freeman DysonFreeman Dyson
15 December 1923, British, American
Mathematician, Theoretical physicist, Nuclear
Thomas PynchonThomas Pynchon
08 May 1937, American
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Science fiction writer
Ari MelberAri Melber
31 March 1980, American
Journalist

Andrea SavageAndrea Savage
20 February 1973, American
Actress

Ethan PhillipsEthan Phillips
08 February 1955, American
Actor

Edward BernaysEdward Bernays
22 November 1891, American
Public relations consultant
Frank MorganFrank Morgan
01 June 1890, American
Actor

Keith OlbermannKeith Olbermann
27 January 1959, American
Television presenter, Writer, Journalist

Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
27 October 1952, American
Writer, Political scientist, Blogger, Economist

Peter YarrowPeter Yarrow
31 May 1938, American
Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter,

Harold BloomHarold Bloom
11 July 1930, American
Literary historian, Writer, Professor, Literary
Ricky JayRicky Jay
26 June 1946, American
Magician

Thelma SchoonmakerThelma Schoonmaker
03 January 1940, American
Film editor
Pearl S. BuckPearl S. Buck
26 June 1892, American
American writer

Ed MarinaroEd Marinaro
31 March 1950
Actor

Jim BridenstineJim Bridenstine
15 June 1975, American
Politician
Andrew Ross SorkinAndrew Ross Sorkin
19 February 1977, American
Journalist

Michael GregerMichael Greger
25 October 1972, American
General Practitioner
Edmund MuskieEdmund Muskie
28 March 1914, American
Politician

Harold GouldHarold Gould
10 December 1923, American
Actor

Karl Patterson SchmidtKarl Patterson Schmidt
19 June 1890, American
American zoologist

Ronald D. MooreRonald D. Moore
05 July 1964, American
Screenwriter

Gary BettmanGary Bettman
02 June 1952, American
Lawyer
Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakGayatri Chakravorty Spivak
24 February 1942, Indian
Writer, Philosopher, University teacher,

Sandra FlukeSandra Fluke
17 April 1981, American
Lawyer

Ming TsaiMing Tsai
29 March 1964, American
Restaurateur, Squash player, Actor

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
22 December 1943, American
Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician,
Vera RubinVera Rubin
23 July 1928, American
Astronomer

Lee Teng-huiLee Teng-hui
15 January 1923, Taiwanese
Agricultural economist, Politician
Gad SaadGad Saad
13 October 1964, Canadian
 

Lauren WeisbergerLauren Weisberger
28 March 1977, American
Novelists

Thomas NagelThomas Nagel
04 July 1937, American
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer
Mark KirkMark Kirk
15 September 1959, American
Politician

Margaret Bourke-WhiteMargaret Bourke-White
14 June 1904, American
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,
Pop WarnerPop Warner
05 April 1871, American
Football coach

Robert MoogRobert Moog
23 May 1934, American
Inventor, Engineer, University teacher

Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
08 November 1965, American
Computer scientist, Scientist, Professor
Michael SchwernerMichael Schwerner
06 November 1939, American
Social Reformer

Adepero OduyeAdepero Oduye
11 January 1978, Nigerian, American
Actress
Gene SaksGene Saks
08 November 1921, American
Film director

Sister SouljahSister Souljah
28 January 1964, American
Writer

Henry HeimlichHenry Heimlich
03 February 1920, American
Physician, University teacher

Urie BronfenbrennerUrie Bronfenbrenner
29 April 1917, American
Psychologist, Academic, University teacher, Writer
Willis CarrierWillis Carrier
26 November 1876, American
Engineer, Inventor
James AltucherJames Altucher
23 January 1968, American
Entrepreneur

Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein
18 March 1969, American
Mathematician, Astronomer, Non-fiction writer

Hu ShihHu Shih
17 December 1891, Taiwanese
Diplomat, Professor, Journalist

Alan KruegerAlan Krueger
17 September 1960, American
Economist, University teacher
Bryan ColangeloBryan Colangelo
01 June 1965, American
Basketball player

André BalazsAndré Balazs
31 January 1957, American
 

Arthur LaurentsArthur Laurents
14 July 1917, American
Screenwriter, Librettist, Playwright, Writer

Eve Kosofsky SedgwickEve Kosofsky Sedgwick
02 May 1950, American
Academic Scholar

Václav KlausVáclav Klaus
19 June 1941, Czech
Politician, Economist, Educationist
Florence KelleyFlorence Kelley
12 September 1859, American
Social Reformer

Peter EisenmanPeter Eisenman
11 August 1932, American
Architect, University teacher
Dane ClarkDane Clark
26 February 1912, American
Actor

Sandy BergerSandy Berger
28 October 1945, American
Political Consultant
Douglas H. GinsburgDouglas H. Ginsburg
25 May 1946, American
Judge
Richard PipesRichard Pipes
11 July 1923, Polish, American
Historian, Writer, University teacher

Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell University is a private Ivy League and federal land-grant doctoral university. Being one of three private land-grant universities in the United States and the only one in New York, the beautiful campus sprawls over a wide area of more than 4300 acres, including Cornell Botanic Gardens. One of the main features that make Cornell University stand a class apart is its non-sectarian approach to education, which has created an atmosphere where diversity thrives like never before. Hailing from over 120 countries, the student body comprises of over 21,000 students. Cornell University was deemed 16th in the QS World University Rankings and 19th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the year 2016-17. Essentially being a research university, it is also ranked fourth in the world for individuals who pursue PhDs in engineering and natural sciences at American establishments. The university enjoys a prestigious list of alumni’s who have made it huge, in different walks of life. With 34 Marshall Scholars, 29 Rhodes Scholars, 29 Truman Scholars and 7 Gates Scholars, the numbers speak louder than words about Cornell’s quality of education. Richard Baker, John B. Bell and Lou Abin are some of the prominent alumni’s of the university, who have contributed immensely to various fields of study. Here is a list of notable alumni’s of Cornell University who have been a source of inspiration in their respective areas of expertise.