Purdue University Notable Alumni

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Discover the notable alumni of Purdue University. The list includes people like Neil Armstrong, Drew Brees, Gus Grissom, C. N. R. Rao & Elizabeth Shatner. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as miscellaneous, sportspersons, scientists, engineers and leaders etc.
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 1 
Neil Armstrong
(The First Person to Walk on the Moon)
Neil Armstrong
62
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: August 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States
Died: August 25, 2012
 2 
Drew Brees
(Former American Football Quarterback)
Drew Brees
27
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 3 
George Peppard
3
Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 8, 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 4 
Gus Grissom
(Fighter Pilot, Test Pilot and Astronaut)
Gus Grissom
21
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mitchell, Indiana, United States
Died: January 27, 1967
 5 
John Wooden
(Basketball coach)
John Wooden
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hall, Indiana, United States
Died: June 4, 2010
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 6 
Rod Woodson
(Former American football player)
Rod Woodson
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 7 
Kenneth Choi
0
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 8 
Ted Allen
(TV Personality)
Ted Allen
11
Birthdate: May 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 9 
Len Dawson
(American Football Player)
Len Dawson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alliance, Ohio, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Glenn Robinson
(Basketball player)
Glenn Robinson
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 11 
Kevin Sumlin
(American football head coach and general manager)
Kevin Sumlin
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brewton, Alabama, United States
 12 
Mike Alstott
(Football player)
Mike Alstott
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 13 
Chesley Sullenberger
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 14 
Bob Griese
(American Football Players)
Bob Griese
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 15 
Herman Cain
(American Businessman and Conservative Politician)
Herman Cain
20
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 30, 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 16 
Matt Hamill
(Light heavyweight mixed martial artist who won silver in Greco-Roman Wrestling and a gold at the 2001 Summer Deaflympics)
Matt Hamill
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Loveland
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 17 
Eugene Cernan
(Former Astronaut who became the eleventh man to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission)
Eugene Cernan
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 16, 2017
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 18 
Caleb Swanigan
(Basketball player)
Caleb Swanigan
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 19 
Dulquer Salmaan
(Indian Actor Who Predominantly Works in Malayalam Language Films)
Dulquer Salmaan
15
Birthdate: July 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kochi, Kerala, India
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Stephen McKinley Henderson
0
Birthdate: August 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, USA
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 21 
Matt Mitrione
(Mixed martial artist)
Matt Mitrione
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 22 
C. N. R. Rao
(Chemist)
C. N. R. Rao
12
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
 23 
Orville Redenbacher
(Businessman)
Orville Redenbacher
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brazil, Indiana, United States
Died: September 19, 1995
 24 
Carsen Edwards
(Basketball player)
Carsen Edwards
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 12, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 25 
Roger B. Chaffee
(Officer, Aviator, Astronaut)
Roger B. Chaffee
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
Died: January 27, 1967
 26 
Stephan Bonnar
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Stephan Bonnar
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hammond, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 27 
David Blough
(American football player)
David Blough
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 31, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carrollton, Texas, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 28 
Daniel Von Bargen
5
Birthdate: June 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: March 1, 2015
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 29 
Raheem Mostert
(American football player)
Raheem Mostert
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 30 
Kyle Orton
(American footballer)
Kyle Orton
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Altoona, Iowa, USA
 31 
Gary Danielson
(American Football Player)
Gary Danielson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 32 
Jeff George
(Football Player)
Jeff George
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 33 
Ward Cunningham
(Programmer, Computer scientist)
Ward Cunningham
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States of America
 34 
Jim Everett
(American Footballer)
Jim Everett
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Emporia, Kansas, USA
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 35 
Dick the Bruiser
(American Professional Wrestler)
Dick the Bruiser
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Delphi, Indiana, United States
Died: November 10, 1991
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 36 
Ian Murdock
(Software engineer, known for being the founder of the Debian project and Progeny Linux Systems)
Ian Murdock
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Konstanz, Germany
Died: December 28, 2015
 37 
David Boudia
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 38 
Matt Painter
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)
Matt Painter
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
 39 
James Samuel Coleman
1
Birthdate: May 12, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bedford, Indiana, United States
Died: March 25, 1995
 40 
Callie Khouri
(Screenwriter)
Callie Khouri
0
Birthdate: November 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
 41 
Brad Miller
(Basketball player)
Brad Miller
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kendallville, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
 42 
Shaun Phillips
(American football player)
Shaun Phillips
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 43 
Andrea Drews
(Volleyball player)
Andrea Drews
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 25, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Indiana, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 44 
Ryan Kerrigan
(American football player)
Ryan Kerrigan
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Muncie, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 45 
Rob Ninkovich
(American football player)
Rob Ninkovich
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blue Island, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 46 
Ray Ewry
(Athlete)
Ray Ewry
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Died: September 29, 1937
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 47 
Ryan Russell
(American football player)
Ryan Russell
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Carrollton, Texas, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 48 
Rondale Moore
(American Football Player)
Rondale Moore
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Albany, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 49 
Charles Sweeney
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 16, 2004
 50 
E'Twaun Moore
(Basketball Player)
E'Twaun Moore
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Founded in 1869, Purdue University is a public research university located in Indiana. Offering over 211 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in various fields of study, Purdue University is positioned on a vast campus that augments every student’s life with its ultramodern facilities. It offers various programs in the areas of Education, Liberal Arts, Health, Management, Pharmacy, Science and Aviation. It is in fact very well-known and highly influential in the country’s aviation history, being the first university to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree in aviation and for having started the first university airport in the United States. The university has produced prominent astronauts such as Neil Armstrong, Gus Grissom and Eugene Cernan. Other than aviation, Purdue University enjoys a great list of alumni achievers in the areas of engineering and science. With tons of students dreaming to graduate in these prestigious programs from the university, only a handful of select students get admission to the university, based purely on skill, hard work and merit. Purdue University has also been declared the 20th best public university in the United States and the 90th best globally, by the U.S. News & World Report as per the 2017 edition. The university has come a long way in making a name for itself globally since its inception, by warranting abundant professional and personal development among the students through various leadership organizations. The alumni’s of Purdue University are truly inspirational; here is a list of some notable entities that pursued their education here.