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 
Bill Nye
(Best Known as the Host of the Science TV Show ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’)

Bill Nye
15
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: November 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 2 
Kurt Vonnegut
(Writer Known For His Satirical and Darkly Humorous Novels)

Kurt Vonnegut
12
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: April 11, 2007

 3 
Toni Morrison
(Novelist)

Toni Morrison
26
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: August 5, 2019

 4 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Associate Justice of US Supreme Court)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
34
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 2020

 5 
Ratan Tata
(Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons)

Ratan Tata
35
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 6 
Christopher Reeve
(Best Known for Playing The Lead in 'Superman' (1978) & Its First Three Sequels)

Christopher Reeve
20
Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 10, 2004
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 7 
Harry Chapin
(Singer Best Known for His Folk Rock & Pop Rock Songs)

Harry Chapin
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York, United States
Died: July 16, 1981
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 8 
Jane Lynch
(Actress)

Jane Lynch
11
Birthdate: July 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 9 

Jimmy Smits
5
Birthdate: July 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 10 
Mae Jemison
(First African American Woman To Travel To Space)

Mae Jemison
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 11 
Huey Lewis
(Songwriter, Actor & Lead Singer for the Band 'Huey Lewis and the News')

Huey Lewis
9
Birthdate: July 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 12 
Tsai Ing-wen
(President of Taiwan (Since 2016))

Tsai Ing-wen
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 13 
Howard Hawks
(Director)

Howard Hawks
2
Birthdate: May 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Goshen, Indiana, United States
Died: December 26, 1977

 14 
Gabrielle Giffords
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 8th district (2007-12))

Gabrielle Giffords
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

 15 

Brian Hallisay
3
Birthdate: October 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 16 
Thomas Pynchon
(Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Science fiction writer)

Thomas Pynchon
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glen Cove

 17 
Andrea Savage
(Actress)

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

 18 

Catherine Hicks
0
Birthdate: August 6, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 19 

Frank Morgan
3
Birthdate: June 1, 1890
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 18, 1949
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 20 
Pearl Buck
(American writer)

Pearl Buck
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hillsboro
Died: March 6, 1973

 21 
Janet Reno
(United States Attorney General (1993-2001))

Janet Reno
8
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: November 7, 2016

 22 
Peter Yarrow
(Singer-songwriter who found fame with the 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary)

Peter Yarrow
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 23 
Freeman Dyson
(Mathematician)

Freeman Dyson
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Crowthorne, England
Died: February 28, 2020

 24 
Ming Tsai
(Restaurateur, Squash player, Actor)

Ming Tsai
0
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport Beach

 25 

Herb Edelman
1
Birthdate: November 5, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 21, 1996
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 26 
Dan Duryea
(Actor)

Dan Duryea
2
Birthdate: January 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Died: June 7, 1968
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 27 

Robert Smigel
2
Birthdate: February 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 28 

William Sadler
1
Birthdate: April 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 29 
Vera Rubin
(Astronomer)

Vera Rubin
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: December 25, 2016

 30 
Andrew Ross Sorkin
(Journalist)

Andrew Ross Sorkin
0
Birthdate: February 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 31 

Franchot Tone
2
Birthdate: February 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 1968
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 32 
S. E. Cupp
(Television presenter)

S. E. Cupp
3
Birthdate: February 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oceanside, California, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 33 

Ato Essandoh
0
Birthdate: July 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 34 
Cheryl Crane
(Real estate broker)

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

 35 

Harold Gould
1
Birthdate: December 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: September 11, 2010
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 36 

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

 37 
Kate Snow
(TV Journalist)

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

 38 
Carla Gallo
(Actress)

Carla Gallo
3
Birthdate: June 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 39 
Junot Díaz
(Best Known for His Novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.")

Junot Díaz
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 40 
Richard Meier
(Architect & Abstract Artist)

Richard Meier
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: October 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

 41 
Margaret Bourke-White
(Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist)

Margaret Bourke-White
2
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: June 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 27, 1971

 42 

Sister Souljah
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, United States

 43 
Edmund S. Muskie
(United States Secretary of State)

Edmund S. Muskie
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rumford, Maine, United States
Died: March 26, 1996

 44 

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

 45 
Norbert Wiener
(Father of Cybernetics)

Norbert Wiener
0
Birthdate: November 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, United States
Died: March 18, 1964

 46 
Gad Saad
(Professor of marketing at Concordia University 1994 - 2020)

Gad Saad
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 47 
Henry Heimlich
(Physician, University teacher)

Henry Heimlich
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wilmington
Died: December 17, 2016

 48 
Ricky Jay
(Magician)

Ricky Jay
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 24, 2018
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

Steven Weinberg
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, USA
Died: July 23, 2021

 50 
Joyce Brothers
(American psychologist)

Joyce Brothers
2
Birthdate: October 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: May 13, 2013
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