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
Bill NyeBill Nye
27 November 1955, American
 

Ratan Tata Ratan Tata
28 December 1937, Indian
Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922, American
American writer

Bill MaherBill Maher
20 January 1956, American
Talk Show Host

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961, American
 
Jane Lynch (Jane Marie Lynch) Jane Lynch
14 July 1960, American
Actress

Jimmy SmitsJimmy Smits
09 July 1955, American
Actor

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
American novelist

Mae JemisonMae Jemison
17 October 1956, American
First African American Woman To Travel To Space
Abraham MaslowAbraham Maslow
01 April 1908, American
 

Huey LewisHuey Lewis
05 July 1950, American
 
Janet RenoJanet Reno
21 July 1938, American
78th Attorney General of the United States

Harry ChapinHarry Chapin
07 December 1942, American
Singer

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

Barbara McClintockBarbara McClintock
16 June 1902, American
Scientist

Steven WeinbergSteven Weinberg
03 May 1933, American
 
Alan KeyesAlan Keyes
07 August 1950, American
Activist

Joyce BrothersJoyce Brothers
20 October 1927, American
American psychologist
Richard Alan Meier Richard Meier
12 October 1934, American
Architect & Abstract Artist

Allen FuntAllen Funt
16 September 1914, American
Television Host

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

Kate GleasonKate Gleason
25 November 1865, American
Mechanical Engineer

Cristina Greeven CuomoCristina Greeven Cuomo
21 January 1970, Brazilian
Wife of Chris Cuomo
Alan KruegerAlan Krueger
17 September 1960, American
Economist, University teacher

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

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

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Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
27 October 1952, American
Writer, Political scientist, Blogger, Economist
Peter YarrowPeter Yarrow
31 May 1938, American
Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter,

Pearl S. BuckPearl S. Buck
26 June 1892, American
American writer
Harold BloomHarold Bloom
11 July 1930, American
Literary historian, Writer, Professor, Literary

Gad SaadGad Saad
13 October 1964, Canadian
 

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
22 December 1943, American
Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician,
Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakGayatri Chakravorty Spivak
24 February 1942, Indian
Writer, Philosopher, University teacher,

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
26 November 1894, American
Mathematician, Autobiographer, University teacher,
Willis CarrierWillis Carrier
26 November 1876, American
Engineer, Inventor

Thomas NagelThomas Nagel
04 July 1937, American
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer

Bryan ColangeloBryan Colangelo
01 June 1965, American
Basketball player

Margaret Bourke-WhiteMargaret Bourke-White
14 June 1904, American
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,

Robert MoogRobert Moog
23 May 1934, American
Inventor, Engineer, University teacher
Lee Teng-huiLee Teng-hui
15 January 1923, Taiwanese
Agricultural economist, Politician

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

Michael SchwernerMichael Schwerner
06 November 1939, American
Social Reformer

Urie BronfenbrennerUrie Bronfenbrenner
29 April 1917, American
Psychologist, Academic, University teacher, Writer
Ming TsaiMing Tsai
29 March 1964, American
Restaurateur, Squash player, Actor

Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
08 November 1965, American
Computer scientist, Scientist, Professor
Václav KlausVáclav Klaus
19 June 1941, Czech
Politician, Economist, Educationist

André BalazsAndré Balazs
31 January 1957, American
 

Thelma SchoonmakerThelma Schoonmaker
03 January 1940, American
Film editor
Peter RevsonPeter Revson
27 February 1939, American
Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar

Peter EisenmanPeter Eisenman
11 August 1932, American
Architect, University teacher
Hu ShihHu Shih
17 December 1891, Taiwanese
Diplomat, Professor, Journalist

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

Ken BlanchardKen Blanchard
06 May 1939, American
Author, Entrepreneur, Writer, Motivational
Douglas H. GinsburgDouglas H. Ginsburg
25 May 1946, American
Judge

Rick EliceRick Elice
17 November 1956, American
Actor, Stage actor
Richard PipesRichard Pipes
11 July 1923, Polish, American
Historian, Writer, University teacher

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

Sandra FlukeSandra Fluke
17 April 1981, American
Lawyer

Frank RosenblattFrank Rosenblatt
11 July 1928, American
Psychologist, Computer scientist
David Starr JordanDavid Starr Jordan
19 January 1851, American
Botanist, Peace activist, Zoologist,
Val A. BrowningVal A. Browning
20 August 1895, American
Businessperson

Hubert ReevesHubert Reeves
13 July 1932, Canadian
Popularizer of science, Astrophysicist, Science

Diane AckermanDiane Ackerman
07 October 1948, American
Poet, Author, Writer

Jack W. SzostakJack W. Szostak
09 November 1952, Canadian, Polish, British, American
Biologist, Molecular biologist, Geneticist,
Lawrence HalprinLawrence Halprin
01 July 1916, American
Architect

Tom DeMarcoTom DeMarco
20 August 1940, American
Writer, Engineer, Computer scientist

Robert F. EngleRobert F. Engle
10 November 1942, American
Economist, Statistician, University teacher

Margaret Floy WashburnMargaret Floy Washburn
25 July 1871, American
Psychologist

Bruce AmesBruce Ames
16 December 1928, American
Biochemist, University teacher, Chemist
Pietro BelluschiPietro Belluschi
18 August 1899, Italian, American
Architect

Hendrik Willem van LoonHendrik Willem van Loon
14 January 1882, American
Writer, Historian, Journalist, Children's writer
Wilson GreatbatchWilson Greatbatch
06 September 1919, British, American
Engineer, Inventor

Julian StewardJulian Steward
31 January 1902, American
Anthropologist

George Jean NathanGeorge Jean Nathan
14 February 1882, American
Journalist, Film critic, Writer
Joseph Emilio AbayaJoseph Emilio Abaya
28 May 1966, Filipino
Politician

Alexander MeiklejohnAlexander Meiklejohn
01 February 1872, American
Philosopher
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.