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Please use this page to develop the rewritten Alumni section of the Cornell University article. This allows everybody to do work in one place and avoid duplicate efforts. It also prevents intermediate, rough drafts from appearing on the main article. -mercuryboardtalk 05:02, 19 June 2006 (UTC)


Maybe we should elaborate a bit more on business and law. Then we can reference a few examples for literature and music. We should add Bruce Arena to athletics (i.e. World Cup Coach). These are just some ideas, in actuallity i really don't know where to start when it comes to editing this section. Maybe we should scrap what we have and start from scratch.User: Cornell010 08:37, 19 June 2006

How about this for the business section:
Cornell graduates have gone on to found numerous world renowned businesses. Among the more famous of these alumni are David Edgerton () who went on to found Burger King, Willis Haviland Carrier (M.E. 1901) who founded Carrier, Sanford I. Weill (B.A. 1955) who founded Citigroup, both Adolph (B.A. 1907) and Joseph (B. Chem. 1939, Chem. E. 1940) Coors who founded Coors, Frank E. Gannett (B.A. 1898) who founded Gannet, Leroy Grumman (M.E. 1916) who founded Grumman Aerospace Corporation, Jeff Hawkins (B.S. 1979) who founded Palm, David Duffield (B.E.E. 1962, M.B.A. 1964) who founded PeopleSoft, Jay S. Walker (B.S. 1977) who founded, Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs (B.E.E. 1954) who founded Qualcomm, Herbert F. Johnson (B.A. 1922) and Samuel Curtis Johnson (B.A. 1950) who both founded S.C. Johnson & Son and Myra Hart (B.A. 1962, M.B.A. 1981) who founded Staples. --Cornell010 01:45, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
Also, we should add a bit more diversity to the pictures (include literature people, sports, business, etc . . .) --Cornell010 02:37, 20 June 2006 (UTC)


Graduates of Cornell are known as "Cornellians." As of 2005, the university counted over 230,000 living Cornellians. Many continue to remain active through organizations and events including the annual Reunion Weekend and Homecoming, weekend festivities in Ithaca, and the International Spirit of Zinck's Night. In the 2003-2004 fiscal year, Cornell ranked second in gifts and bequests from alumni and third in total support from all sources (alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations) among U.S. colleges and universities reporting voluntary gift support.

Additionally, Cornellians are noted for their accomplishments in a variety of fields.[1][2][3] Former Iran Prime Minister Jamshid Amuzegar (1945, Ph.D. 1951), former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui (Ph.D. 1968), and Mario García Menocal (B.S. 1888), former President of Cuba, all graduated from Cornell. In the United States, numerous Cabinet members and Congressmen, and one Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (B.A. 1954), have been Cornellians.

After their Cornell educations, David Starr Jordan (M.S. 1872) went on to become the founding president of Stanford University and a president of Indiana University. M. Carey Thomas (B.A. 1877) founded Bryn Mawr College and was also its second president.

Cornellian-founded businesses include Burger King by David Edgerton, by Carrier (Willis Haviland Carrier (M.E. 1901), Citigroup by Sanford I. Weill (B.A. 1955), Coors Brewing Company by Adolph Coors (B.A. 1907), Gannett by Frank E. Gannett (B.A. 1898), Grumman Aerospace Corporation by Leroy Grumman (M.E. 1916), Palm by Jeff Hawkins (B.S. 1979), PeopleSoft by David Duffield (B.E.E. 1962, M.B.A. 1964), by Jay Walker (B.S. 1977), Qualcomm by Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs (B.E.E. 1954), and Staples by Myra Hart (B.A. 1962, M.B.A. 1981).

In medicine, Dr. Robert Atkins (M.D. 1955) developed the Atkins diet, Dr. Henry Heimlich (B.A. 1941, M.D. 1943) developed the Heimlich maneuver, and Wilson Greatbatch (B.E.E. 1950) invented the first successful pacemaker. Dr. James Maas (M.A., Ph.D.), also a current Cornell faculty member, coined the term "power nap." Cornellians also include medical personalities Dr. Spock and Joyce Brothers (B.S. 1947).

Thomas Midgley (M.E. 1911) is the inventor of Freon and Jeff Hawkins (B.S. 1979) invented the PalmPilot and subsequently founded Palm, Inc. Graduate Jon Rubinstein (B.S. 1978, M.Eng 1979)) is credited with the development of the iPod. William Higinbotham developed Tennis for Two in 1958, one of the earliest computer games and the precedecessor to Pong, and Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. developed the first computer worm on the Internet. The most direct evidence of dark matter has been given by Vera Rubin (M.A. 1951). Jill Tarter (B.S. 1965) is the current director of of SETI and Steven Squyres (B.S. 1978, Ph.D. 1981) is the principal investigator on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission. Eight Cornellians have served as NASA astronauts. Bill Nye (B.S. 1977, M.Eng. 1977) is best known as "The Science Guy."

Nobel Prize in Literature winner Toni Morrison (M.A. 1955) also won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, Beloved. A Nobel Prize in Literature was also awarded to Pearl S. Buck (M.A. 1926), author of The Good Earth. E.B. White (B.A. 1921), author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, is a Cornellian as well. Along with William Strunk Jr. (Ph.D. 1896), E.B. White wrote The Elements of Style, a widely-used writing guide. Other Cornellian works include Gentleman's Agreement by Laura Z. Hobson, Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (B.A. 1959)), and Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut.

Christopher Reeve (B.A. 1974) is best known for his role as Superman, while Frank Morgan is remembered as portraying The Wizard of Oz. Charlie Bucket was played by Cornellian Peter Ostrum and Robert Smigel is the puppeteer behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. Cornellians have won Academy Awards and been enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mack David wrote Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo from the 1950 film Cinderella. Robert Alexander Anderson (1916) wrote the Christmas song Mele Kalikimaka. Greg Graffin (Ph.D. 1991) of the band Bad Religion, Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News, and Peter Yarrow (B.A. 1959) of Peter, Paul and Mary all graduated from Cornell.

The Empire State Building was designed by Cornell architect Richard Shreve (B.Arch.), Grauman's Chinese Theatre was designed by Raymond M. Kennedy (B.Arch. 1915), and Edmund Bacon (B.Arch. 1932) is best known for reshaping Philadelphia in the mid 20th century.

In athletics, Cornellians have won Olympic gold medals, been inducted into sports halls of fame, and led numerous teams as GMs and coaches including Bruce Arena, current head coach of of the United States men's national soccer team.


  1. ^ "Famous Cornellians". Cornell Club of Boston. Retrieved 2006-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Cornell Class of 1991". Cornell University. Retrieved 2006-06-19. 
  3. ^ Altschuler, Glenn C.; Isaac Kramnick, R. Laurence Moore (2003). The 100 Most Notable Cornellians. Cornell University Press. ISBN 0801439582.