List of Indian Americans

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This article is about Indian Americans, Americans with a background related to India. For U.S. American Indians, see List of Native Americans of the United States. For other American Indians, see List of indigenous people of the Americas.

This is a list of notable Indian Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants. It also includes those who excelled in their career while residing in U.S., but did not apply for American citizenship (ex. Raghuram Rajan [1]). Note that unlike many countries, India does not allow dual citizenship.[2]


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[edit]

Activists, civil rights[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

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]

Salman 'Sal' Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a free online education platform


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]

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
Deepak Chopra, public speaker


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


Mohini Bhardwaj, 2004 Summer Olympics medalist in gymnastics



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  2. ^ "Dual Nationality - New Delhi, India - Embassy of the United States". Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "12th President of Cooper Union". 
  4. ^ "A. D. Amar, PhD". Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "PBS How we get to the next article on Bhargav Gajjar". 
  6. ^ "MIT webpage bio". 
  7. ^ "Life - Lyan Institute of Fertility Research". Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Amit Sheth - - Wright State University". Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Jagdish Sheth". Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
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  11. ^ a b c d e "Barack Obama re-nominates 3 Indian-Americans for federal judgeship". timesofindia-economictimes. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "New Robotic Hands Let Deep-Sea Divers Grasp And Prod". 

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