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The following is a partial list of notable Brown University people, known as Brunonians. It includes alumni, professors, and others associated with Brown University and Pembroke College (Brown University), the former women's college of Brown.

Notable alumni and leaders of Brown[edit]

Note: "Class of" is used to denote the graduation class of individuals who attended Brown, but did not or have not graduated. When just the graduation year is noted, it is because it has not yet been determined which degree the individual earned.

Academia[edit]

Science, technology and innovation[edit]

Government, law and public policy[edit]

Governors[edit]

Legislators[edit]

Framer of the founding documents of the United States of America[edit]
United States Senators[edit]
Members of the United States House of Representatives[edit]
State legislators[edit]

Mayors[edit]

Diplomats[edit]

Advisors[edit]

Activists[edit]

Jurists[edit]

Business[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Literature[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Varnum, painted posthumously in 1804 by Charles Willson Peale

Military[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Music[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Theater[edit]

Religion[edit]

The Rt. Reverend Bishop Griswold

Royalty[edit]

Visual arts[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Auto racing[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Football[edit]

Olympics[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Colonial Era Brown graduates (1769–1783)[edit]

Unclassified[edit]

Notable faculty (current and former)[edit]

  • Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic; author of Things Fall Apart, the most widely read book in modern African literature; David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies
  • Amanda Anderson, literary critic; Andrew W. Mellon Professor for the Humanities
  • Ama Ata Aidoo, Ghanaian novelist and playwright; Visiting Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts
  • Susan E. Alcock, archaeologist, MacArthur Award recipient; Professor of Classics, Director of the Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
  • Nancy Armstrong, literary critic and author of Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel; Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Comparative Literature, English, Modern Culture & Media, and Gender Studies
  • Nomy Arpaly, Assistant Professor of Philosophy specializing in questions of moral agency
  • Ariella Azoulay, comparative linguistics professor; Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media
  • Thomas Banchoff, mathematician specializing in geometry; known for his research in differential geometry in three and four dimensions; Professor of Mathematics
  • David Berson, discovered third photoreceptor in the eye (in addition to rods and cones); Professor of Medical Science, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
  • Sheila Blumstein, cognitive/linguistic scientist; Albert D. Mead Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
  • Eugene Charniak, computer scientist; University Professor of Computer Science
  • Forrest Gander, poet; The Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor and Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature
  • Lincoln Chafee (A.B. 1975), former Republican member of the United States Senate; Distinguished Visiting Fellow in International Relations
  • David F. Duncan, epidemiologist and addictionologist, author of Drugs and the Whole Person; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
  • David Estlund, philosopher; Lombardo Family Professor of the Humanities
  • Leela Gandhi, literary critic; John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English
  • Stuart Geman, mathematician; James Manning Professor of Applied Mathematics
  • Mary Louise Gill, philosopher and author of several books on Aristotle and Plato
  • Paul Guyer, philosopher; Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy
  • Dwight B. Heath, anthropologist, foremost anthropological researcher and scholar in field of alcohol studies; Research Professor of Anthropology
  • Evelyn Hu-DeHart, historian of Asian migration in Latin America and the Caribbean and theorist of diasporas and transnationalism; Professor of History and Professor of American Studies
  • Jaegwon Kim, philosopher of mind, action theorist, author of Mind in a Physical World; William Herbert Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy
  • Peter D. Kramer, author, Listening to Prozac, Against Depression; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
  • Hans Kurath, linguist; known for publishing the first linguistic atlas of the US Linguistic Atlas of New England, winning the Loubat Prize, and for being the first main editor of the Middle English Dictionary
  • George Lamming, Barbadian author, In the Castle of My Skin, Natives of My Person; Visiting Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts
  • David C. Lewis, addictions specialist and authority on drug policy; Donald G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction
  • Glenn Loury, once regarded as "one of the most prominent black conservatives in the nation;" now considered much more "progressive"; Professor of Economics
  • Catherine Lutz, anthropologist; :Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropolopgy and International Studies
  • James Morone, political scientist noted for his work on health politics, popular participation, morality in politics, and on political development
  • Ron Nelson, composer; Professor of Music (retired)
  • Otto Neugebauer, historian of mathematics; Professor of the History of Mathematics
  • Martha Nussbaum, philosopher, authored The Fragility of Goodness while teaching at Brown; Professor of Philosophy (1985~95)
Norwegian-born physicist who taught at Brown (1928–33); Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1968 awarded for Onsager reciprocal relations, produced while at Brown but was not tenured
conductor, composer, and world's leading scholar on the music of author Anthony Burgess
Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music
Professor of the History of Mathematics and of Classics, MacArthur Fellow (1981)
mathematician, co-founder of NTRU Cryptosystems, Inc., first director of ICERM
Professor of Mathematics
President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis (1998–present); served on Reagan's White House Council of Economic Advisors[121]
Herbert H. Goldberger Professor of Economics (1974–98)
Professor of Classics and History
historian
Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives and Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
mathematician
Ford Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics
mathematician
Professor and Chair of Applied Mathematics
President, Modern Language Association; author, The Rise and Fall of English; co-author, The Nature of Narrative
Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Modern Culture and Media
mathematician
Theodore B. Stowell University Professor of Applied Mathematics
author of well-known computer science book Algorithms; board of directors, Adobe Systems
Professor of Computer Science (1975~85)
computer scientist, best known for algorithmic research in combinatorial optimization and artificial intelligence
Nobel Prize in Economics, for developing empirical and scientific methods into economic research
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for discovering the genetic bases of immunological reactions
Teacher in Biology (1930~31)
  • Andries "Andy" van Dam, computer graphics and hypertext pioneer, and co-founder of ACM SICGRAPH, precursor to SIGGRAPH; Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education, Professor of Computer Science, former (and first) Vice President for Research
  • John E. Savage, theoretical computer science researcher; An Wang Professor of Computer Science, Jefferson Fellow
  • Peter van Dommelen, archeologist; Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology and Professor of Anthropology
  • Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, How I Learned to Drive; Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of English
  • Lai-Sheng Wang, chemist; Jesse H. and Louisa D. Sharpe Metcalf Professor
  • Takeo Watanabe, neuroscientist; Fred M. Seed Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences;
  • Peter Wegner, computer scientist; Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
  • Arnold Weinstein, literary critic; Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature
  • Darrell M. West, author of multiple books, including Digital Government and Cross Talk; developer of website www.InsidePolitics.org; vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution;[122] John Hazen White Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and director of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy

Presidents of Brown University[edit]

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