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Cornell's 2008 commencement ceremony at Schoellkopf Field

This list of Cornell University alumni includes notable graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Cornell University, an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York. Cornell counted 245,027 living alumni as of August 2008.[1] Its alumni constitute 31 Marshall Scholars and 28 Rhodes Scholars,[1][2] and Cornell is the only university with three female winners (Pearl S. Buck, Barbara McClintock, and Toni Morrison) of unshared Nobel Prizes among its graduates.[3][4] Many alumni maintain university ties through Homecoming's reunion weekend, through Cornell Magazine,[5] and through the Cornell Club of New York. In 2005, Cornell ranked #3 nationwide for gifts and bequests from alumni.[1] Alumni are known as Cornellians.

Cornellians are noted for their accomplishments in public, professional, and corporate life.[1][6] Lee Teng-hui was president of Taiwan,[7] Mario García Menocal was president of Cuba,[8] Jamshid Amuzegar ('50) was prime minister of Iran,[9] Hu Shih ('14) was a Chinese reformer and representative to the United Nations,[10] Janet Reno ('60) was the first female United States Attorney General,[11] and Ruth Bader Ginsburg ('54) serves on the Supreme Court.[12] Alumnus David Starr Jordan (1872) was the founding president of Stanford University,[13] and M. Carey Thomas (1877) founded Bryn Mawr College.[14] Additionally, alumnus Matt Urban ('41) holds the distinction as the most decorated serviceman in United States history.[15]

Cornellians in business include: Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill ('55),[16] Goldman Sachs Group Chairman Stephen Friedman ('59),[17] Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld ('75, '77, '80),[18] Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini ('84),[19] S.C. Johnson & Son CEO Fisk Johnson ('79, '80, '82, '84, '86),[20] Cargill Chairman Warren Staley ('67),[21] Chevron Chairman Kenneth T. Derr ('59),[22] Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse ('77),[23] Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam ('76),[24] Mastercard CEO Robert Selander ('72),[25] Coors Brewing Company CEO Adolph Coors ('37),[26] Burger King founder James McLamore ('47),[27] Loews Corporation Chairman Andrew Tisch ('71),[28] New York Private Bank & Trust Chairman Howard Milstein ('73),[29] Baupost Group founder Seth Klarman ('79),[30] Hotels.com founder David Litman ('79),[31] Palm founder Jeff Hawkins ('79),[32] PeopleSoft founder David Duffield ('62),[33] Priceline.com founder Jay Walker ('77),[34] Staples founder Myra Hart ('62),[35] Qualcomm founder Irwin M. Jacobs ('56),[36] Atlantic Philanthropies founder Chuck Feeney ('56),[37] Lubna Olayan CEO Olayan Financing Company, the holding entity for Olayan Group ('77),[38] and Tata Group CEO Ratan Tata ('62).[39]

In medicine, alumnus Robert Atkins ('55) developed the Atkins Diet,[40] Henry Heimlich ('47) developed the Heimlich maneuver,[41] Wilson Greatbatch ('50) invented the pacemaker,[42] James Maas ('66; also a faculty member) coined the term "power nap",[43] and C. Everett Koop ('41) served as Surgeon General of the United States.[44]

A number of Cornellians have been prominent innovators. Thomas Midgley, Jr. ('11) invented Freon,[45] Jon Rubinstein ('78) is credited with the development of the iPod,[46] and Robert Tappan Morris developed the first computer worm on the Internet. Eight Cornellians have served as NASA astronauts, Steve Squyres ('81) is the principal investigator on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission,[47] and Bill Nye ('77) is well known as "The Science Guy".[48]

The Cornell Club in New York City is a focal point for alumni.

In literature, Toni Morrison ('55; Nobel laureate) is well known for her novel Beloved, Pearl S. Buck ('25; Nobel laureate) authored The Good Earth,[49] and E. B. White ('21) authored Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little.[50] Thomas Pynchon ('59) won the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow. Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle, attended Cornell from 1940-1944 and was Assistant Managing Editor of the Cornell Daily Sun. Media personalities who have graduated from Cornell include conservative Ann Coulter ('84)[51] and liberals Bill Maher ('78) and Keith Olbermann ('79).[52]

Several Cornellians have also achieved critical acclaim in entertainment. Christopher Reeve ('74) played Superman,[16] Frank Morgan was The Wizard of Oz, Jimmy Smits ('82) was in Star Wars,[16] and Ronald D. Moore created the 2004 remake of Battlestar Galactica. On the architectural front, alumnus Richmond Shreve (1902) designed the Empire State Building,[53] and Raymond M. Kennedy ('15) designed Hollywood's famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre.[54]

In athletics, Cornell graduates include football legend Glenn "Pop" Warner (1894),[55] former head coach of the United States men's national soccer team Bruce Arena ('73),[56] National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman ('74),[57] six-time Stanley Cup winning hockey goalie Ken Dryden ('69)[58] and Toronto Raptors president Bryan Colangelo ('87).[59] Alumni also include Super Bowl champions Kevin Boothe and Ed Marinaro ('71).[60]

Fictional alumni have been portrayed in several films, television shows, and books. Characters include Andy Bernard of The Office,[61] Natalie Keener of Up in the Air,[62] and Christina Pagniacci (portrayed by Cameron Diaz) in Any Given Sunday.[63]

Nobel laureates[edit]

Chemistry

  • Eric Betzig (M.S. 1985; Ph.D. 1988, Applied and Engineering Physics) - Chemistry, 2014
  • William Moerner (Ph.D. 1982, Experimental Physics) - Chemistry, 2014

Physics

Peace, literature, or economics

Physiology or medicine

Government[edit]

Heads of State[edit]

U.S. Cabinet and cabinet-level ranks[edit]

U.S. Governors, Senators, and Supreme Court Justices[edit]

U.S. Congressmen[edit]

Diplomats[edit]

Judges and lawyers[edit]

Medal of Honor recipients[edit]

Other government[edit]

Business[edit]

Founders[edit]

Chairpersons, CEOs, executives[edit]

Natural sciences and related fields[edit]

Mathematics[edit]

Physics[edit]

Astronomy[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

Computer science and engineering[edit]

Industrial and labor relations[edit]

Biology, ecology, botany and nutrition[edit]

Medicine[edit]

NASA astronauts[edit]

Social sciences[edit]

Anthropology and sociology[edit]

Economics[edit]

Government[edit]

Psychology[edit]

Humanities[edit]

Philosophy[edit]

  • Francis Fukuyama (B.A.) – an American philosopher, political economist, and professor at Johns Hopkins University
  • Edmund Gettier – American philosopher and Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; owes his reputation to a single three-page paper published in 1963 called "Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?"
  • Sterling Harwood (J.D. 1983, M.A. 1986 & Ph.D. 1992) – American lawyer, professor and philosopher, author of "Eleven Objections to Utilitarianism"
  • Jessica Wilson - professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto
  • John Warwick Montgomery (A.B. 1952) American lawyer, professor, theologian and academic known for his work in the field of Christian Apologetics.[81]
  • Thomas Nagel (B.A. 1958) – Philosopher, author of What is it like to be a bat?
  • George Ashton Oldham (A.B. 1902) – Episcopal Bishop, peace activist, and writer
  • May Gorslin Preston Slosson (Ph.D. 1880) - Suffragist, first woman in the United States to get her Ph.D. in philosophy
  • Samuel Weber (Ph.D. 1960) – Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University, as well as a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland
  • Paul Ziff (B.F.A. 1949, Ph.D. 1951) – American artist and philosopher specializing in semantics and aesthetics

Literature[edit]

History[edit]

Music[edit]

Architecture and design[edit]

Fine arts and photography[edit]

Media[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Film, radio, television and theatre[edit]

Education[edit]

Athletics[edit]

American football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

Olympics[edit]

See also: Cornell Olympians

Other[edit]

Crime[edit]

Fictional Cornellians[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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