List of Indian Americans

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This is a list of notable Indian Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants. Note that unlike many countries, India does not allow dual citizenship.[1]

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Indian American or must have references showing they are Indian American and are notable.


Nobel Prize recipients[edit]

Deans and presidents[edit]


Manjul Bhargava, Professor of mathematics at Princeton University and winner of Fields Medal, 2014


Professors and scholars in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering[edit]

Professors and scholars in Other Disciplines[edit]

Activists, civil rights[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Kovid Gupta, listed on the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 list
M. Night Shyamalan, Hollywood director
Mira Nair, director and producer

Actors and actresses[edit]

Kal Penn, actor
Omi Vaidya, actor
Sheetal Sheth, actress


Russell Peters, comedian

Culinary arts[edit]

Fashion designers[edit]



Fareed Zakaria, journalist


Norah Jones, singer and winner of multiple Grammy Awards
Zubin Mehta, musician and receiver of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Business and industry[edit]

Business executives[edit]

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

Former business executives[edit]

Businesspersons and entrepreneurs[edit]


Kiran Desai, winner of the 2006 Man Booker Prize


Uday Singh Taunque, U.S. Army soldier of Indian descent who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom


Elected officials[edit]

Federal elected officials[edit]

Civil servants[edit]

Federal judges[edit]


Science and technology[edit]

Kalpana Chawla, NASA space shuttle astronaut, who died in space shuttle blast
Sunita Williams, NASA astronaut
Vinod Dham, designed the Intel Pentium Chip Processor


Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of U.S.; former Vice Admiral of U.S. Health Corps


Mohini Bhardwaj, 2004 Summer Olympics medalist in gymnastics


See also[edit]