University Of Illinois Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Illinois. The list includes people like Hugh Hefner, Larry Ellison, Roger Ebert, Jesse Jackson & Shel Silverstein. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as scientists, media personalities, writers, intellectuals & academics and business people 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 Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 10, 1999

 2 Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Founder of Oracle
Birthdate: August 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 3 Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner.
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Famous As: Founder of Playboy Magazine
Birthdate: April 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: September 27, 2017
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 4 Jawed Karim

Jawed Karim.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Co-Founder of YouTube
Birthdate: October 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Merseburg, East Germany

 5 Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: October 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenville
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 6 Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert.
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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
Died: April 4, 2013

 7 Ben Falcone

Ben Falcone
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Carbondale, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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 8 Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: August 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston

 9 Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day.
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Famous As: Journalist, Social Activist
Birthdate: November 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 1980

 10 Dick Butkus

Dick Butkus
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 11 Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers.
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Birthdate: March 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 12 Herbert Sobel

Herbert Sobel.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: U.S. Army Officer
Birthdate: January 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 30, 1987

 13 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lombard, Illinois
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 14 Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 16, 2007

 15 Jack Welch

Jack Welch.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric
Birthdate: November 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 16 Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 17 Steve Chen

Steve Chen.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taipei
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 18 Jack Kilby

Jack Kilby.
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Famous As: Inventor of integrated circuit
Birthdate: November 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jefferson City
Died: June 20, 2005

 19 Suze Orman

Suze Orman.
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Famous As: Author, Television Personality, Motivational Speaker
Birthdate: June 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 20 George Halas

George Halas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 2, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: October 31, 1983
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 21 Arden Cho

Arden Cho.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 22 Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: March 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Blue Island, Illinois, US
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 23 Rafael Correa

Rafael Correa.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guayaquil
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 24 César Pelli

César Pelli
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 12, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Miguel de Tucumán

 25 Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: politician, diplomat, prosecutor, lawyer
Birthdate: August 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago

 26 Ed Boon

Ed Boon
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Screenwriter, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago

 27 Max Levchin

Max Levchin
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Computer scientist, Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: July 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyiv

 28 Allan Sherman

Allan Sherman.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 20, 1973

 29 David Otunga

David Otunga
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Lawyer, Actor, Professional wrestler, Television actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elgin
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 30 Deron Williams

Deron Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 31 Iris Chang

Iris Chang
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 9, 2004

 32 John Chancellor

John Chancellor
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 12, 1996

 33 Sheila Johnson

Sheila Johnson
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: American businesswoman
Birthdate: January 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: McKeesport

 34 James R. Thompson

James R. Thompson.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: May 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 35 Richard Hamming

Richard Hamming
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician, Computer scientist, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: February 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 7, 1998

 36 Paul Hunt

Paul Hunt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnastics clown
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Illinois, United States

 37 Mark Van Doren

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Famous As: Poet, Autobiographer, Literary critic, University teacher, Professor, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vermilion County
Died: December 10, 1972

 38 Wallace Carothers

Wallace Carothers.
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Famous As: Inventor of Neoprene & Nylon
Birthdate: April 27, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Burlington, Iowa, United States
Died: April 29, 1937

 39 Donald Johanson

Donald Johanson
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian, Paleoanthropologist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago

 40 Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Medical Physicist
Birthdate: July 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: May 30, 2011

 41 George Crumb

George Crumb
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia, United States

 42 Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Sri Mulyani Indrawati
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Economist, Politician, University teacher
Birthdate: August 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bandarlampung

 43 Paul Halmos

Paul Halmos
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Statistician
Birthdate: March 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: October 2, 2006

 44 John Robert Schrieffer

John Robert Schrieffer.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: May 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, USA

 45 Jeff Monson

Jeff Monson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: January 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 46 Dorris Alexander Brown

Dorris Alexander Brown
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisiana, United States
Died: December 12, 2002

 47 Andrew Yao

Andrew Yao
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: December 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 48 George Carruthers

George Carruthers
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: December 20, 2020

 49 Arnold Orville Beckman

Arnold Orville Beckman.
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: April 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cullom
Died: May 18, 2004

 50 Beth Henley

Beth Henley
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jackson,Mississippi,United States
The University of Illinois is one of the top-ranked educational institutions in the world where students from different parts of the world come to pursue their higher education. Media sources like ‘Times Higher Education’, ‘U.S News & World Report’ and ‘Academic Ranking Of World Ranking’ have often published lists of top universities around the world and this institution has often appeared on these lists. The campus of this university is unbelievably huge and sprawls over more than 4500 acres. More than 600 buildings are situated on University of Illinois’ vast campus. The University has also been praised by media and masses alike for producing several noteworthy students, who are making waves all over the world for their incredible accomplishments. The notable alumni association of the University of Illinois includes names like film critic Roger Ebert, entrepreneur Marc Andreessen, businessman Steve Chan as well as author and motivational speaker Suze Orman. Roger Ebert has been extremely popular within Hollywood circles and cinema lovers not just for his impressive reviews, but also his books. One of his works ‘A Memoir, Scorcese By Ebert’ has been a favorite among several aspiring filmmakers. Scroll below to find a list of well-known personalities who studied at the University of Illinois. The names on the list speak volumes about the kind of students this renowned university has been producing over the years. Probably this is why this university receives applications from all parts of the world.