List of Duke University people
This list of Duke University people includes alumni, faculty, presidents, and major philanthropists of Duke University, which includes three undergraduate and ten graduate schools. The undergraduate schools include Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Pratt School of Engineering, and Sanford School of Public Policy. The university's graduate and professional schools include the Graduate School, the Pratt School of Engineering, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Fuqua School of Business, the School of Law, the Divinity School, and the Sanford School of Public Policy.
Famous alumni include U.S. President Richard Nixon, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, former cabinet member and former Senator Elizabeth Dole, philanthropist Melinda French Gates, and the chief executive officers of Apple (Tim Cook), Morgan Stanley (John J. Mack) and Pfizer (Edmund T. Pratt, Jr.) and former General Motors Corporation CEO (Rick Wagoner) as well as the first United States Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients. Notable alumni media personalities include Dan Abrams, the former General Manager of MSNBC, Jay Bilas, a commentator on ESPN, Sean McManus, the President of CBS News and CBS Sports, Charlie Rose, the host of Charlie Rose and a 60 Minutes contributor, and Judy Woodruff, an anchor at CNN. William DeVries (GME 1971–79), was the first doctor to perform a successful permanent artificial heart implantation, and appeared on the cover of Time in 1984.
Current notable faculty include Manny Azenberg, a Broadway producer whose productions have won 40 Tony Awards, Adrian Bejan, inventor of the constructal theory and namesake of the Bejan number, and David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times. Walter E. Dellinger III, formerly the United States Solicitor General, Assistant Attorney General, and head of the Office of Legal Counsel under Bill Clinton serves as a law professor. Ariel Dorfman, a novelist and playwright won the 1992 Laurence Olivier Award, while Peter Feaver was a member of the National Security Council under Clinton and George W. Bush. David Gergen served as an advisor to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. John Hope Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton, while William Raspberry, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. 19 Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the university, including one in virtually every one of the past several years.
- 1 Alumni
- 1.1 Nobel laureates
- 1.2 Government, law, and public policy
- 1.3 Business
- 1.4 Education
- 1.5 Medicine, science and technology
- 1.6 Literature
- 1.7 Fine arts
- 1.8 Entertainment
- 1.9 Fictional
- 1.10 Journalism and media
- 1.11 Athletics
- 2 Faculty
- 3 University Presidents
- 4 Major philanthropists
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Government, law, and public policy
Heads of State
Cabinet members and White House staff
Members of Congress
Medicine, science and technology
Journalism and media
- Robert J. Lefkowitz 2012 Nobel Laureate in chemistry
- Peter Agre 2003 Nobel Laureate in chemistry
- Brian Kobilka 2012 Nobel Laureate in chemistry
- Hans Bethe 1967 Nobel Laureate in physics
- Max Born 1954 Nobel Laureate in physics
- Hans Georg Dehmelt 1989 Nobel Laureate in physics
- Gertrude B. Elion 1988 Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine
- James Franck 1925 Nobel Laureate in physics
- August Krogh 1920 Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine
- Robert Coleman Richardson 1996 Nobel Laureate in physics
- Wole Soyinka 1986 Nobel Laureate in literature
- Craig Mello 2006 Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine
- Joseph E. Stiglitz 2001 Nobel Laureate in economics
- Eric F. Wieschaus 1995 Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine
- Kurt Wüthrich 2002 Nobel Laureate in chemistry
- George H. Hitchings 1988 Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine
- David Aers, James B. Duke Professor of English, expert on medieval and Renaissance literature and theology.
- Nancy Andrews, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the Duke University School of Medicine
- Srinivas Aravamudan, Professor of English, Literature and Romance Studies and Dean of Humanities, specialist in 18th-century and postcolonial literature.
- Nancy Armstrong, Gilbert, Louis and Edward Lehrman Professor of English, influential critic of 18th- and 19th-century novels and editor, Novel: A Forum on Fiction
- Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics, author of Predictably Irrational
- Owen Astrachan (M.S. 1989, Ph.D. 1992), distinguished computer scientist.
- Manny Azenberg, legendary producer of American theater who has won 40 Tony awards
- Adrian Bejan, mechanical engineering professor, inventor of constructal theory and namesake of the Bejan number
- Tim Bollerslev, economist, expert on Autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity
- Geoffrey Brennan, philosopher associated with rational actor theory
- David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times
- Caroline Bruzelius, art historian, expert on medieval architecture
- Al Buehler, chairman of the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation department; United States Olympic Track coach at the 1972, 1984, and 1988 Summer Olympics. Member of North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
- Rey Chow, postcolonial, cultural critic
- Miriam Cooke, literary critic
- Walter E. Dellinger III, law professor, former United States Solicitor General under President Bill Clinton
- Victor J. Dzau, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, pioneering translational research scientist.
- Ariel Dorfman, novelist, playwright, human rights activist, 1992 winner of the Laurence Olivier Award
- Fred Dretske, philosopher of mind, winner of the Jean Nicod Prize
- Sir Harold Evans, author, editor of The Times, exposed Soviet spies
- Owen Flanagan, philosopher of mind, Phi Beta Kappa Romanell lecturer
- Peter Feaver political scientist, served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
- Michael Ferejohn, expert on ancient philosophy
- John Hope Franklin, civil rights activist, historian, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton
- Ernestine Friedl, professor emerita in cultural anthropology, former president of both the American Ethnological Society and the American Anthropological Association, known for her work on gender roles, rural life in modern Greece, and the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin.
- Allan Friedman, neurosurgeon
- David Gergen, former Duke professor and current Duke Trustee. Adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton.
- David Goldstein, population geneticist
- Moo-Young Han, discoverer of the quark color charge
- Michael Hardt, literature professor and Marxist, co-author with Antonio Negri of Empire and Multitude
- Stanley Hauerwas, theologian and author
- Richard B. Hays, theologian
- Brigid Hogan, distinguished developmental biologist, known for her groundbreaking work on stem cell biology and transgenic technology and techniques. Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Jerry F. Hough, political scientist, author, and professor
- Reinhard Hütter, Catholic theologian
- Fredric Jameson, internationally renowned Marxist literary theorist and former Chair of the Literature Program
- Erich Jarvis, National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award recipient, Popular Science's Brilliant 10 of 2006 under the age of 45, Discover top 100 science discoveries of 2005 (avian brain nomenclature listed at #51), People's "Sexiest Brain Researcher" for 2006
- Abdul Sattar Jawad, literary theorist, fled Mustansiriya University after the 2003 Invasion of Iraq
- Bruce Jentleson, director of Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore
- Wu Jinglian, economist
- Claudia Koonz, feminist historian
- Sally Kornbluth, provost and James B. Duke Professor of pharmacology and cancer biology
- Pedro Lasch, artist and assistant research professor, Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
- Robert Lefkowitz, internationally renowned pioneer in cell recepter biology and biochemistry. Best known for his work with G protein-coupled receptors. Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- Frank Lentricchia, noted American literary critic.
- Nan Lin, sociologist
- Julian Lombardi, computer scientist, inventor
- Mark McCahill, creator of Internet Gopher, POP mail, and Croquet; coined the phrase "surfing the Web"
- Walter Mignolo, literary theorist
- Terrie Moffitt, pioneering researcher in the development of antisocial behavior
- Toril Moi, literary theorist associated with feminist theory
- V. Y. Mudimbe, philosopher associated with philosophy of language, phenomenology, and structuralism
- Lenhard Ng, world-renowned mathematician, child mathematical prodigy
- Miguel Nicolelis, internationally recognized pioneer of brain-machine interfaces
- Mohamed Noor, prominent evolutionary biologist known for experimentally demonstrating speciation by reinforcement. 2008 recipient of the prestigious Darwin-Wallace Medal.
- Jean Fox O'Barr, leading feminist teacher, scholar, and administrator; founded women's studies program at Duke
- Henry Petroski, Civil engineer and writer
- Arlie Petters, pioneer in the mathematical theory and mathematical physics of gravitational lensing, Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Business Administration
- Reynolds Price, renowned author and professor of literature
- Kathy Alexis Psomiades, associate professor of English, specializing in Victorian poetry and novel theory.
- Christian R. H. Raetz, professor of biochemistry and member of the National Academy of Sciences
- William Raspberry, Knight Professor of the Practice of Communications and Journalism, syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, Pulitzer Prize winner
- Olaf von Ramm, Thomas Lord Professor of Engineering, first patent on a 3-D ultrasound
- Paul Rehak, archaeologist
- Alexander Rosenberg, philosopher, winner of Lakatos Award in philosophy of science, Phi Beta Kappa Romanell lecturer
- Kathy Rudy, social constructionist
- David H. Sanford, philosopher
- Tad Schmaltz, editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy
- Barbara Ramsay Shaw, chemist, cancer researcher, expert on signal transduction
- Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, philosopher
- David Smith, invisibility cloak pioneer. Awarded the Descartes Prize in 2005.
- J. E. R. Staddon, behavioral psychologist
- Kristine Stiles, art historian
- John Terborgh, conservation biologist, awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992, and the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal of the National Academy of Sciences in 1996.
- Timothy Tyson, historian
- Geoffrey Wainwright, Methodist theologian
- E. Roy Weintraub, economist
- Huntington F. Willard, noted human geneticist, former President of American Society of Human Genetics, member of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Lauren Winner, author and journalist
- Judy Woodruff, news anchor, journalist
- Vanessa Woods internationally published Australian scientist, author and journalist.
- Anthony Zinni, decorated American general
- Wendy Ewald, American photographer, awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992.
- Raphael M. Bonelli, professor of neurology and psychiatry.
- Peter B. Bennett, founder and former president and CEO of the Divers Alert Network
- Orrin H. Pilkey, geologist
- Cathy Davidson, author
- Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., deputy Judge Advocate General
- N. Katherine Hayles, postmodern literary critic
- David F. Levi, eminent jurist
- Nicola Scafetta, physicist
- Srinivas Aravamudan, author
- Tuan Vo-Dinh, biophysicist
- Jay Golden, environmental engineer
- Achille Mbembe, philosopher and political scientist
- James A. Joseph, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa.
- Ebrahim Moosa, religious scholar.
- Paul Berliner, ethnomusicologist.
- Norman Myers, British environmentalist.
- Philip Bennett, former managing editor of the Washington Post.
- Harold G. Koenig, eminent psychiatrist.
- Campbell Harvey, world renowned economist.
- Timur Kuran, famous Turkish economist.
- Linwood Pendleton, former Chief Economist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Orin Starn, cultural anthropologist.
- Ingrid Daubechies, first woman president of the International Mathematical Union, recipient of several prestigious awards including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a NAS Award in Mathematics.
- Robert Calderbank, former vice president of AT&T, recipient of the prestigious Shannon Award in electrical engineering
- Paul L. Modrich, biochemist known for his pioneering research on DNA mismatch repair
- Robert Plonsey, biomedical engineer, member of the national academy of engineering
- Patrick Duddy, former American ambassador to Venezuela.
- Mark Goodacre, distinguished theologian.
- Mark Anthony Neal, author.
- Samuel Alito, associate justice of the US Supreme Court.
- Martin J. Lohse, German physician and pharmacologist doing research on G protein-coupled receptors.
- Sarah Cohen, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist.
- Samuel Katz, virologist, best known for the development of the measles vaccine.
- J. Lorand Matory, Chair of the department of African and African American Studies.
- Gordon Hammes, Biochemist, member of the National Academy of Sciences
- Philip J. Cook, Professor of public policy.
- Kelly D. Brownell, American scientist, professor, and internationally renowned expert on obesity. Named as one of "The World's 100 Most Influential People" by Time magazine in 2006.
- Cindy Lee Van Dover, Professor of biological oceanography.
- James Berger, statistician, member of the National Academy of Sciences, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
- Bruce Donald, computer scientist, fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEE, recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
- Carla Ellis, computer scientist, fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
- Lorena S. Beese, biochemist, fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Rachel Kranton, economist, fellow of the Econometric Society, recipient of the Blaise Pascal Chair.
- Thomas Carlos Mehen, American nuclear physicist.
- Rick Durrett, mathematician, fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.
- John Aldrich, political scientist, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- William Chafe, prominent American historian.
- Dan Heath, bestselling author of Made to Stick.
- Weitao Yang, prominent chemist.
- Mark Leary, prominent psychologist.
- Oscar Hijuelos, American novelist, first Hispanic to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Sandy Darity, Jr., Economist.
- Missy Cummings, professor of aeronautics, one of the US Navy's first female fighter pilots.
- Allen Buchanan, prominent philosopher.
- Wayne Norman, expert on political philosophy.
- Christopher H. Schroeder, former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy for the United States Department of Justice.
- James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law.
- Tommy Sowers, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
- John Reif, computer scientist, fellow of the AAAS, IEEE and ACM.
- Pankaj K. Agarwal, computer scientist, known for his research on computational geometry.
- Herbert Edelsbrunner, computer scientist, winner of the Alan T. Waterman Award.
- Geraldine Dawson, former Chief Science Officer of Autism Speaks.
- E.O. Wilson, biologist, considered to be the "father of sociobiology and biodiversity".
- Omid Safi, professor of Islamic Studies.
- Anne Firor Scott, prominent historian, recipient of the National Humanities Medal.
- Robert Bryant, Chairman of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, fellow of the American Mathematical Society, member of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Frank Asche, marine economist.
- Nathaniel Mackey, American poet and novelist, recipient of the 2015 Bollingen Prize and the 2014 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
- Robert Malkin, biomedical engineer, fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
- Kwame Anthony Appiah, philosopher, author of In My Father's House and The Ethics of Identity
- Katharine Banham, Associate Professor of Psychology, Emerita
- John Spencer Bassett, historian who initiated the Bassett Affair, an important victory for academic freedom
- Hans Bethe, winner of the 1967 Nobel Prize for Physics
- Helen Bevington, celebrated poet and author
- Utpal Bhattacharya, expert on business ethics
- Harry Binswanger, Objectivist philosopher and philosopher of mind
- Edgar Bowers, poet, For Louis Pasteur, Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1989, Guggenheim Fellowship twice
- David S. Broder, current Washington Post and former New York Times reporter
- H. Keith H. Brodie, psychiatrist, educator and eventual president of Duke
- Annie Leigh Hobson Broughton, advocate of women's education
- Hubie Brown, assistant men's basketball coach (1969–1972). NBA Coach and Commentator
- Tina Campt, Associate Professor Women's Studies and History and Director of Graduate Studies
- Erwin Chemerinsky, law professor, noted constitutional scholar
- Amy Chua, best selling author
- George Elliott Clarke, author, poet
- G. Wayne Clough, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Kalman J. Cohen, economist, pioneer of market micro-structure
- John Shelton Curtiss, historian. James B. Duke Professor
- Chuck Daly, assistant men's basketball coach (1963–1969). NBA Coach.
- Eleanor Lansing Dulles, politician involved in the affairs of post-World War II Germany, Bretton Woods Conference, US State Department
- Mike Duffy, television host
- Yussef El Guindi, playwright, Back of the Throat
- Gertrude Elion, 1988 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- Stanley Fish, former Chair of the English Department, deconstructionist literary critic
- Robert C. Frasure, American ambassador to Estonia
- Henry Louis Gates, Chair of African-American Studies at Harvard
- Yegor Gaider, Prime Minister of Russia, Soviet and Russian economist
- David Gergen, renowned political analyst, adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton.
- René Girard, philosopher, literary critic, and historian; member of the Académie française
- Peter J. Gomes, American preacher and theologian from Harvard University's Divinity School
- Julia Grout, Chair of the Women's Department of Health and Physical Education, 1924–1964
- Gerald Heard, philosopher, historian
- Charles Honorton, parapsychologist
- Sally Hughes-Schrader, zoologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Aldous Huxley, novelist, mystic
- Kristina M. Johnson, Under Secretary of Energy for the Obama Administration, former Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, former Director of Boston Scientific Corporation
- Edward E. Jones, social psychologist, developed fundamental attribution error
- Randall Kenan, author
- Robert Keohane, neoliberal International Relations scholar
- Juanita M. Kreps, United States Secretary of Commerce
- Anne O. Krueger, World Bank Chief Economist
- Weston La Barre, anthropologist, worked in ethnography
- Bernard Lefkowitz, sociologist, journalist, investigative reporter
- Raphael Lemkin, human rights activist; coined the word "genocide"
- Fritz London, physicist, won the Lorentz Medal
- Alasdair MacIntyre, philosopher, virtue ethicist
- William McDougall, psychologist, author of An Introduction to Social Psychology
- Karl Menger, mathematician
- Edwin Mims (1872–1959), Professor of English literature
- Thom Mount, film producer, President of the Producers Guild of America
- Francis Joseph Murray, mathematician and founder of functional analysis, winner of the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
- Lothar Wolfgang Nordheim, theoretical physicist
- Albert Outler, Methodist theologian
- G. B. Pegram, key administrator of Manhattan Project
- William Howell Pegram, chemist
- Anton Peterlin, physicist
- David Price, United States Representative
- James Rachels, philosopher and cultural relativist
- Joseph B. Rhine, psychologist and parapsychologist, recognized as founder of modern studies of psychical phenomena
- John Ridpath, intellectual historian
- Sócrates Rizzo, former mayor of Monterrey and former governor of Nuevo León
- E. P. Sanders, British Academy member and leading figure in the third Historical Jesus movement
- David Scheffer, United States diplomat
- Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, feminist theorist, literary theorist, expert in gender studies
- Barbara Herrnstein Smith, literary theorist
- Cordwainer Smith, author
- William Stern, psychologist, philosopher
- Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics
- Paul Tillich, theologian
- Sander Vanocur, ABC and NBC correspondent, The Washington Post television editor, The New York Times reporter
- Robert Ward, composer
- Kenny Williams, author, winner of the MidAmerica Award
- Mary Lou Williams, composer
- Patricia J. Williams, American legal scholar, awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000.
- William H. Willimon, Methodist theologian
- Kwasi Wiredu, philosopher
- Karl Zener, parapsychologist
- John Madey, developer of the free electron laser
- Ernest Mario, pharmaceutical industry executive
- Charles Nemeroff, American psychiatrist, best known for his work in treating depression.
- Brian Cantwell Smith, American scholar who conducts research in the fields of cognitive science, computer science, information studies, philosophy, and ontology.
- Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.
- Wallace Fowlie, author and poet, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947.
- Claudia Koonz, feminist historian.
- David Sabiston, renowned cardiac surgeon, one of the pioneers of coronary bypass surgery.
- Randolph Chitwood, first cardio-thoracic surgeon to perform robot assisted heart valve surgery in North America.
- Michael Byers, Canadian legal scholar and non fiction author.
- Upendra Baxi, legal scholar
- Bertram Fraser-Reid, world renowned organic chemist
- Daniel James, British historian
- Eugene A. Stead, medical educator, founder of the physician assistant profession.
- Lawrence C. Katz, American neurobiologist.
- Burton Drayer, American radiologist and nationally recognized authority on the use of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for diagnosing neurological disorders
- Norman B. Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association
- Ralph Snyderman, prominent biotech entrepreneur
- Roger Corless, theologian, made significant contributions to interfaith dialogue.
- Michael L. Littman, renowned computer scientist.
- Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, prominent figure in the field of comparative physiology, member of the national academy of science
- William M. Fairbank, American physicist known for his work on liquid helium, member of the national academy of science
- Erol Gelenbe, award winning computer scientist, best known for introducing the Random neural network and the eponymous G-networks
- Brian Kobilka, Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- Michael Scharf, lawyer, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
- Philip Handler, biochemist, two term president of the National Academy of Sciences, winner of the National Medal of Science
- Andrea Bertozzi, American mathematician.
- Charles Tanford, world renowned protein chemist, member of the National Academy of Sciences
- William H. Schlesinger, biogeochemist, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
- David Allan Bromley, nuclear physicist, scientific advisor to US President George H.W. Bush
- Alice Kaplan, author, chair of the French department at Yale.
- Ernest C. Pollard, professor of biophysics.
- Kenneth B. Storey, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.
- Hans Neurath, biochemist, leading researcher in the field of protein chemistry.
- Thomas LaBean, leading researcher in the field of DNA nanotechnology.
- George McLendon, biochemist, winner of several awards including the Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry and a Guggenheim fellowship.
- Guy Salvesen, biochemist, best known for his work in the field of apoptosis.
- Paul J. Kramer, biologist, member of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Joseph J. Spengler, economist, statistician, and historian of economic thought.
- Leonard Carlitz, prominent mathematician.
- Walter Gordy, physicist, member of the National Academy of Sciences.
- John Buettner-Janusch, anthropologist.
- Paul Magnus Gross, prominent chemist, former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Phillip Griffiths, world renowned mathematician, fellow of the American Mathematical Society, recipient of the Wolf Prize.
- Edward D. Thalmann, expert in hyperbaric medicine.
- Toshio Narahashi, internationally renowned pharmacologist, known as the "founding father of neurotoxicology".
- Kim Sung-Hou, structural biologist and biophysicist, member of the National Academy of Science.
- Sidarta Ribeiro, Brazilian neuroscientist.
- Paul Ebert, world renowned cardiovascular surgeon.
- Randy Jirtle, American biologist, best known for his contribution to the field of epigenetics.
- Robert Bates, Eaton Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University.
- Clay Armstrong, American physiologist, recipient of the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and the Gairdner Foundation International Award for contributions to medical science.
- James Bonk, American chemist.
- Ralph Boas, prominent mathematician, recipient of the Lester R. Ford Award.
- Mary L. Boas, mathematician.
- Mary Ellen Rudin, mathematician.
- John Jay Gergen, American mathematician.
- Lawrence Biedenharn, theoretical nuclear physicist.
Men's basketball head coaches
- 1981 to present: Mike Krzyzewski, four-time national champion men's basketball coach, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame
- 1975 to 1980: Bill Foster
- 1974: Neill McGeachy
- 1970 to 1973: Bucky Waters
- 1960 to 1969: Vic Bubas, member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
- 1951 to 1959: Harold Bradley
- 1943 to 1950: Gerry Gerard
- 1929 to 1942: Eddie Cameron, namesake of Cameron Indoor Stadium and member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
- 1925 to 1928: George Buchheit
- 1923 to 1924: J.S. Burbage
- 1922: James Baldwin
- 1921: Floyd Egan
- 1920: W.J. Rothensies
- 1919: H.P. Cole
- 1917 to 1918: Chick Doak
- 1916: Bob Doak
- 1914 to 1915: Noble Clay
- 1913: Joseph Brinn
- 1906 to 1912: W.W. Card
Football head coaches
- 2007 to present: David Cutcliffe
- 2003 to 2007: Ted Roof
- 1999 to 2003: Carl Franks
- 1994 to 1998: Fred Goldsmith
- 1990 to 1993: Barry Wilson
- 1987 to 1989: Steve Spurrier, ACC Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989.
- 1983 to 1986: Steve Sloan
- 1979 to 1982: Shirley "Red" Wilson
- 1971 to 1978: Mike McGee
- 1966 to 1970: Tom Harp
- 1951 to 1965: William D. "Bill" Murray
- 1946 to 1950: Wallace W. Wade (see below)
- 1942 to 1945: Eddie Cameron, namesake of Cameron Indoor Stadium and member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
- 1931 to 1941: Wallace W. Wade, namesake of Wallace Wade Stadium and member of the College Football Hall of Fame
- 1926 to 1930: James "Jimmy" DeHart
- 1925: James P. "Pat" Herron
- 1924: Howard H. Jones
- 1923: S.M. Alexander
- 1922: Herman Steiner
- 1921: James A. Baldwin
- 1920: Floyd J. Egan
- 1888 to 1889 : Dr. John F. Crowell
|William Trigg Gannaway*||1864–1865|
|*Appointed president pro tempore during the break in Craven's presidency|
|Marquis Lafayette Wood||1883–1886|
|John Franklin Crowell||1887–1894|
|John Carlisle Kilgo||1894–1910|
|William Preston Few||1910–1924|
|University officially established as Duke University in 1924|
|William Preston Few||1924–1940|
|Robert Lee Flowers||1941–1948|
|Arthur Hollis Edens||1949–1960|
|Julian Deryl Hart||1960–1963|
|H. Keith H. Brodie||1985–1993|
|Nannerl O. Keohane||1993–2004|
|Richard H. Brodhead||2004–present|
Donors who have contributed at least $20 million to the university or founding donors:
|The Duke Endowment||$1.5+ billion||1924–
|James B. Duke||$40 million
($458 million in 2006 dollars)
|1924||For endowment; established The Duke Endowment later that year|
|Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||$106.5+ million||2002–2007||$46.5 for AIDS research, $30 million for a new science facility and $5 million for student life initiatives, $15 million for DukeEngage, a civic engagement program, $9 million for undergraduate financial aid and $1 million for Fuqua students financial aid|
|Bruce and Martha Karsh||$85 million||2005–2011||For student financial aid|
|Anne and Robert Bass||$70 million||1996–2013||$20 million for the FOCUS program and various endowed chairs, $50 million for interdisciplinary research |
|J. Michael and Christine Pearson||$50+ million||2014||$30 million to the Pratt School of Engineering to advance engineering and science education, $15 million to the School of Nursing and $7.5 million to the Fuqua School of Business|
|David Rubenstein||$50 million||2002–2013||$13.6 million to Duke Libraries, $20.75 million to the Sanford School of Public Policy, $10 million to Duke athletics|
|Edmund T. Pratt, Jr.||$35 million||1999||To endow the School of Engineering|
|David H. Murdock||$35 million||2007||For "translational medicine" research by the Duke Medical School|
|Disque Deane||$20 million
($34 million in
|1986||To "establish a research institute on the human future"|
|Dr. Steven and Rebecca Scott||$30 million||2013||$20 million for Duke Sports Medicine, $10 million for Duke athletic facility|
|Michael J. and Patty Fitzpatrick||$25 million||2000||For a center for advanced photonics and communications|
|William and Sue Gross||$23 million||2005||$15 million for undergraduate scholarships, $5 million for medical students' scholarships, and $3 million to support faculty members of the Fuqua School of Business|
|Peter and Ginny Nicholas||$20+ million||1999–
|$20 million for the School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; $70 million pledged for the School of the Environment and $2 million pledged for Perkins library in 2003 still unpaid as of September 2010|
|Bill and Melinda Gates||$20 million||1998||For undergraduate scholarships|
($7.9 million in 2005 dollars)
|1892||For original endowment and construction|
|Julian S. Carr||N/A||1892||Donated site of East Campus|
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- Duke Endowment Gives Record $75 Million for Financial Aid
- Eaglin, Adam. Duke nets $46.5M for AIDS research. The Chronicle. August 25, 2006.
- Duke Receives $35 Million From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Duke News & Communication. May 9, 2002.
- DukeEngage launches. The Chronicle. February 13, 2007.
- Gates Give $10M for financial aid. The Chronicle. February 21, 2007.
- "Bruce and Martha Karsh Give $50 Million". December 5, 2011.
- "Duke given $20M to aid international students". January 30, 2008.
- $10 Million Gift for Undergrad Education
- New Initiative Prepares Students for Society’s Challenges.
- $30 Million Gift to Advance Engineering, Science Education at Duke
- Duke Libraries to receive $13.6M gift, largest in history
- Rubenstein donates $10 million to the Sanford School of Public Policy.
- The Pratt Gift. Pratt School of Engineering. Accessed on June 25, 2006.
- Murdock gives Duke $35M for study at Kannapolis campus. Triangle Business Journal. Accessed on September 26, 2007.
- Articles About Duke University. New York Times. December 12, 1986.
- The Fitzpatrick Gift. Pratt School of Engineering. Accessed on June 25, 2006.
- Sue and William Gross Donate $23 Million
- Largest Gift In Duke History Closes Campaign At Record $2.36 Billion. Duke News and Communication. January 8, 2004.