University Of Chicago Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Chicago. The list includes people like Bernie Sanders, Bob Newhart, Satya Nadella, Larry Ellison & James Watson. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as intellectuals & academics, scientists, writers, media personalities and miscellaneous 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 
Carl Sagan
(Astronomer, Astrophysicist)

Carl Sagan
12
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: December 20, 1996

 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 
Thomas Sowell
(Economist)

Thomas Sowell
8
Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina

 4 
Milton Friedman
(American economist and statistician who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history.)

Milton Friedman
9
Birthdate: July 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 16, 2006
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)

 5 

David Rockefeller
13
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 20, 2017

 6 
John Dewey
(Philosopher)

John Dewey
8
Birthdate: October 20, 1859
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, United States
Died: June 1, 1952
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 7 
James Watson
(Molecular Biologist Who Co-discovered the Double Helix Structure of DNA With Francis Crick)

James Watson
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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 8 
Philip Roth
(Novelist)

Philip Roth
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 22, 2018

 9 
Satya Nadella
(Chairman & CEO of Microsoft)

Satya Nadella
16
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

 10 
Ed Asner
(Actor, played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and gained prominence as a political activist.)

Ed Asner
10
Birthdate: November 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: August 29, 2021
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 11 
Bernie Sanders
(United States Senator from Vermont (SInce 2007))

Bernie Sanders
37
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 12 
Philip Glass
(Founder of the Philip Glass Ensemble)

Philip Glass
2
Birthdate: January 31, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 13 
Susan Sontag
(Writer and Filmmaker, Best Known for her Essay 'Notes on 'Camp')

Susan Sontag
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 28, 2004

 14 
Anna Chlumsky
(Actress)

Anna Chlumsky
5
Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 15 
Eliot Ness
(Special Agent)

Eliot Ness
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 19, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 16, 1957

 16 

Misha Collins
3
Birthdate: August 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 17 
Roger Ebert
(Film critic)

Roger Ebert
7
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, United States
Died: April 4, 2013

 18 
Katharine Graham
(Publisher)

Katharine Graham
2
Birthdate: June 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 17, 2001

 19 
Harry Morgan
(Prolific Character Actor Who Starred in More Than 100 Films)

Harry Morgan
9
Birthdate: April 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: December 7, 2011
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 20 
Marilu Henner
(Actress)

Marilu Henner
5
Birthdate: April 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 21 
Don Shirley
(Composer)

Don Shirley
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Died: April 6, 2013

 22 
Mike Nichols
(Director, Producer, Actor)

Mike Nichols
3
Birthdate: November 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: November 19, 2014

 23 
William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Former Prime Minister of Canada)

William Lyon Mackenzie King
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 22, 1950

 24 
Will Geer
(Actor)

Will Geer
4
Birthdate: March 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfort, Indiana, United States
Died: April 22, 1978
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 25 

Lynn Margulis
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 22, 2011

 26 
Paul Samuelson
(Economist)

Paul Samuelson
1
Birthdate: May 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: December 13, 2009

 27 
Adam Silver
(Lawyers)

Adam Silver
6
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rye, New York, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 28 
David Brooks
(Journalist)

David Brooks
5
Birthdate: August 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto

 29 
Tommy Douglas
(7th Premier of Saskatchewan (1944-61))

Tommy Douglas
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camelon, Falkirk, Scotland
Died: February 24, 1986

 30 
Elaine May
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright)

Elaine May
2
Birthdate: April 21, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 31 
Samuel Reshevsky
(Chess Player)

Samuel Reshevsky
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ozorków, Poland
Died: April 4, 1992

 32 
David Suzuki
(Academic, Enviromental Activist)

David Suzuki
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 33 
Katherine Dunham
(Dancer, Choreographer)

Katherine Dunham
2
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: June 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
Died: May 21, 2006

 34 
Gary Becker
(Economist)

Gary Becker
0
Birthdate: December 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pottsville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 3, 2014

 35 
Saul Alinsky
(Community Organizer)

Saul Alinsky
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: June 12, 1972

 36 
Mamie Till
(Activist)

Mamie Till
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: near Webb, Mississippi, USA
Died: January 6, 2003

 37 
Celeste Holm
(Actress)

Celeste Holm
5
Birthdate: April 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 15, 2012
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 38 
Richard Rorty
(Philosopher)

Richard Rorty
0
Birthdate: September 4, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 8, 2007

 39 

Brock Peters
2
Birthdate: July 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: August 23, 2005
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 40 
J. Allen Hynek
(Astronomer, Ufologist)

J. Allen Hynek
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: April 27, 1986

 41 
Stephen Leacock
(Canadian writer)

Stephen Leacock
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 30, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Swanmore, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Died: March 28, 1944

 42 
Seymour Hersh
(Journalist)

Seymour Hersh
1
Birthdate: April 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 43 
Lawrence Kohlberg
(Psychologist best known for his theory of stages of moral development)

Lawrence Kohlberg
1
Birthdate: October 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronxville, New York, United States
Died: January 19, 1987

 44 
James M. Buchanan
(Economist, University teacher)

James M. Buchanan
0
Birthdate: October 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Murfreesboro
Died: January 9, 2013

Samuel P. Huntington
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 24, 2008

 46 
Hyman Minsky
(Economist)

Hyman Minsky
0
Birthdate: September 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: October 24, 1996

 47 
Ernest Lawrence
(Physicist)

Ernest Lawrence
0
Birthdate: August 8, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canton, South Dakota, United States
Died: August 27, 1958

 48 
Nicholas Ray
(Director)

Nicholas Ray
1
Birthdate: August 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galesville, Wisconsin, USA
Died: June 16, 1979
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 49 
Joe J. Walsh
(Politician)

Joe J. Walsh
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North Barrington, Illinois, U.S.

 50 
Lewis Hine
(Sociologist)

Lewis Hine
0
Birthdate: September 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 3, 1940
The University of Chicago has often been ranked one of the best institutions in the world and is a favorite among many people around the world. Some of the world’s most preferred colleges have been affiliated to this famous university. This famous university started in 1890, thanks to a donation made by the billionaire business tycoon John D Rockefeller. These institutions are ‘Pritzker School Of Medicine’, ‘The Booth School of Business’ and ‘Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies’. According to a popular online source, more than 15,000 students join the university every year. Apart from its breathtaking campuses and providing great quality of education, the University is also known for its notable alumni. These personalities include scientists, politicians, writers, scholars, sportsmen and even artistes. Noted lawyer and current commissioner of the ‘National Basketball Association’, Adam Silver, is one such alumnus of this esteemed institution. Other famous ex-students of the University of Chicago are Katharine Graham, publisher of the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’, scientist James Watson, businessman David Rockefeller, as well as writer /filmmaker Susan Sontag. David Rockefeller, who is currently more than 100 years old, was the chairman of the multi-billion dollar financial enterprise ‘Chase Manhattan Corporation’. His net worth is estimated to be more than $ 1 Billion USD, if sources are to be believed. The list just doesn’t end here. There are many more noteworthy individuals who were once students of the ‘University Of Chicago’. Their success stories have been sources of inspiration for many youngsters of today.