Indiana University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Indiana University. The list includes people like Dan Quayle, John Mellencamp, James Watson, Victor Oladipo & Jane Pauley. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, intellectuals & academics, media personalities, scientists and activists etc.
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Venus Williams
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time)
Venus Williams
67
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States

Regarded as one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, Venus Williams is credited with introducing never seen before power and athleticism to women's tennis along with her sister Serena. She is also credited with changing the long-standing practice of paying male tennis players more than their female counterparts as she won the fight for equal prize money.

 2 
Kevin Kline
(Academy Award-Winning Actor, Who Has Also Appeared in Several Productions of Shakespeare's Plays)
Kevin Kline
24
Birthdate: October 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline initially studied the piano and even wished to major in music, before he switched to acting. Known for his stellar performances in films such as A Fish Called Wanda, Silverado, and French Kiss. He has also voiced characters in movies such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

 3 
Halston
(Fashion Designer)
Halston
13
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: March 26, 1990

Designer Halston began his career designing hats for American milliner Lilly Daché. He is primarily remembered for pioneering cashmere, or Ultrasued, in the mid-1970s. Known for his party-loving personality, he popularized the halter dress for women. He was also known for his homosexual relationship with Victor Hugo.

 4 
James Watson
(Molecular Biologist Who Co-discovered the Double Helix Structure of DNA With Francis Crick)
James Watson
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

James Watson is a geneticist, molecular biologist, and zoologist. He is credited with co-authoring the academic paper that propounded the double helix structure of nucleic acids such as DNA for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962. In 1977, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1997, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.

 5 
Victor Oladipo
(American-Nigerian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Shooting Guard)
Victor Oladipo
27
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Professional basketball player Victor Oladipo currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He started playing basketball in high school and went to Indiana University Bloomington, where he played for the Indiana Hoosiers. He began his professional playing career in 2013 and has been going strong since then. He is also a singer.

 6 
Jamie Hyneman
(American Television Host and Special Effects Expert)
Jamie Hyneman
8
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marshall

Jamie Hyneman is an American television host and special effects expert. He achieved popularity as the co-host of the popular TV series MythBusters. He is also credited with inventing an unmanned firefighting robotic vehicle called Sentry. Jamie Hyneman also co-designed Wavecam, an aerial cable robotic camera system used in entertainment and sports events.

 7 
Dan Quayle
(Former Vice President of the United States)
Dan Quayle
27
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis

The 44th vice president of the US, Dan Quayle officially visited 47 countries, establishing strong international ties with most countries, during his vice presidency. In 1999, he joined a private-equity firm named Cerberus Capital Management and continues to play an important role as the chairman of its Global Investments division.

 8 
Suzanne Collins
(Television writer)
Suzanne Collins
14
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hartford
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 9 
Avery Brooks
7
Birthdate: October 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 10 
Robert M. Gates
(Politician)
Robert M. Gates
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
 11 
Colin Donnell
(Actor)
Colin Donnell
8
Birthdate: October 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 12 
John Wesley Shipp
(Actor)
John Wesley Shipp
3
Birthdate: January 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 13 
Jean Shepherd
(American Storyteller, Writer, Radio and TV Personality)
Jean Shepherd
0
Birthdate: July 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 16, 1999

Jean Shepherd was a writer, storyteller, humorist, and radio and TV personality. In a long and productive career that spanned nearly five decades, he gave live performances, wrote scripts and stories, hosted radio shows, and even worked in a few films. He was posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was known to be a private person.

 14 
Ryan Murphy
(Screenwriter)
Ryan Murphy
8
Birthdate: November 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 15 
Howard Ashman
(Playwright, Lyricist & Stage Director)
Howard Ashman
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 14, 1991
 16 
Andreas Katsulas
7
Birthdate: May 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: February 13, 2006
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 17 
Sloane Stephens
(Tennis Player)
Sloane Stephens
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plantation, Florida, United States

The daughter of swimmer Sybil Smith and football player John Stephens, Sloane Stephens was first introduced to tennis by her mother at age 9. The 2017 US Open champion has 6 singles titles in her kitty. Through the Sloane Stephens Foundation, she supports the needs of disadvantaged tennis players.

 18 
Dick Enberg
(Sportscaster)
Dick Enberg
2
Birthdate: January 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States
Died: December 21, 2017
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 19 
Booker T. Jones
(Musician)
Booker T. Jones
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
 20 
Aishah Hasnie
(Journalist)
Aishah Hasnie
3
Birthdate: October 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
Height: 3'3" (99 cm)
 21 
Tavis Smiley
(Talk Show Host)
Tavis Smiley
4
Birthdate: September 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gulfport
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 22 
Jamal Khashoggi
(Journalist)
Jamal Khashoggi
22
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: October 2, 2018
 23 
Todd Young
(Politician)
Todd Young
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
 24 
Chris Botti
(Jazz trumpeter who won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, for the album Impressions)
Chris Botti
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 25 
Ben Higgins
(Reality TV Personality)
Ben Higgins
2
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Warsaw, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 26 
Meg Cabot
(American author)
Meg Cabot
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bloomington
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 27 
Gary Snyder
(American man of letters)
Gary Snyder
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 28 
René Girard
(French Polymath, Historian and Philosopher of Social Science)
René Girard
5
Birthdate: December 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Avignon, France
Died: November 4, 2015

René Girard was a French philosopher of social science, literary critic, and historian. Over the years, Girard's work has had an influence on disciplines like philosophy, anthropology, psychology, mythology, theology, economics, sociology, and cultural studies among other important disciplines. In 2006, René Girard was honored by the University of Tübingen with the prestigious Dr. Leopold Lucas Prize.

 29 
Rob Wiethoff
(Actor)
Rob Wiethoff
1
Birthdate: September 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seymour, Indiana, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 30 
Max Robinson
(Broadcaster)
Max Robinson
0
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 20, 1988
 31 
Del Harris
(Basketball coach)
Del Harris
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plainfield, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 32 
Garo Yepremian
(Former Cypriot-Armenian American Football Placekicker)
Garo Yepremian
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Larnaca, Cyprus
Died: May 15, 2015
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 33 
Lewis Terman
(Psychologist, University teacher)
Lewis Terman
1
Birthdate: January 15, 1877
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johnson County
Died: December 21, 1956
 34 
Chris Lytle
(American Retired Mixed Martial Artist)
Chris Lytle
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 35 
Randy Brecker
(Trumpeter, Composer)
Randy Brecker
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, United States
 36 
Eriq Zavaleta
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Center-Back)
Eriq Zavaleta
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westfield, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 37 
Gary Hall Sr.
(American Former Competition Swimmer and Olympic Medalist)
Gary Hall Sr.
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 38 
David Starr Jordan
(Botanist, Peace activist, Zoologist, Autobiographer, Ichthyologist)
David Starr Jordan
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 19, 1851
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gainesville (village), New York
Died: September 19, 1931

Remembered as the first president of the Leland Stanford Junior University, now known as Stanford University, David Starr Jordan was a reputed ichthyologist. An anti-war activist, too, who opposed America’s participation in World War I, he spent his later years as the chief director of the World Peace Foundation.

 39 
George Lakoff
(American Philosopher and Cognitive Linguist)
George Lakoff
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
 40 
Hastings Banda
(President)
Hastings Banda
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kasungu, Malawi
Died: November 25, 1997
 41 
Cam Cameron
(American football coach)
Cam Cameron
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
 42 
Phil Crane
(Politician)
Phil Crane
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 8, 2014
 43 
Dane Fife
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Dane Fife
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Clarkston, Michigan, United States
 44 
Tan Kheng Hua
(Actress)
Tan Kheng Hua
3
Birthdate: January 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 45 
Charlie Hickcox
(American Swimmer and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Charlie Hickcox
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Died: June 15, 2010
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 46 
Robin Lakoff
(American Linguist, Author, and Educator)
Robin Lakoff
1
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 47 
Pamela Bryant
(Actress, Model)
Pamela Bryant
1
Birthdate: February 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: December 4, 2010
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 48 
Kenneth Sitzberger
(American Competitive Diver and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Kenneth Sitzberger
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Died: January 2, 1984
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 49 
Bob Jenkins
(Sports announcer)
Bob Jenkins
0
Birthdate: September 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Indiana, United States
Died: August 9, 2021
 50 
Dave Niehaus
(Sportscaster)
Dave Niehaus
1
Birthdate: February 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Princeton, Indiana, United States
Died: November 10, 2010
One of the most famous public universities in United States is called the, ‘Indiana University’. With over 110,436 students graduating from this college is every students dream. Apart from the two core universities, it has seven smaller other sub units. The most popular among the seven are, ‘Indiana University East’ and ‘Indiana University Northwest’. This reputed institution is basically a brand name only churning out the best brains in the world. Some of the popular alumni of this university are making a mark or themselves and upholding the name of their institution in various professional fields. From business to sports to politics most of the students of the ‘Indiana University have made sure that they give their best on whatever they put their hands on. Some of the notable alumni of this university are the famous composer, Hoagy Carmichael or the popular businessman Mark Cuban or the smiling talk show host, Tavis Smiley. These are some names among the many other people who have made not only themselves but also the entire university proud of their achievements. They are setting higher standards of excellence with every passing day only to become idols for the youth of today. ‘Indiana University’ has been out rightly one of the most strongest force behind most of the successful people in the world.