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.

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.


Academics[edit]

Deans and presidents[edit]

Mathematicians[edit]

Scholars[edit]

Sugata Bose, Professor of History at Harvard University

Activists, civil rights[edit]

Arts, entertainment, performance[edit]

M. Night Shyamalan (right) and Bryce Dallas Howard at the Spanish premiere of The Village
Rohit Gupta, film director

Actors and actresses[edit]

Comedians[edit]

Culinary arts[edit]

Fashion designers[edit]

Models[edit]

Media[edit]

Fareed Zakaria at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Las Vegas, Nevada

Musicians[edit]

Tony Kanal of No Doubt (right) at the Grammy Awards

Business and industry[edit]

Business executives[edit]

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

Former[edit]

Literature[edit]

Military[edit]

Sgt. Balkrishna Dave, an India-born U.S. Army paratrooper, explains weapons-range safety procedures to Indian Army soldiers with the 99th Mountain Brigade before they fire American machine guns at Fort Bragg, NC.
  • Sudip Bose, attending emergency medicine physician, educator, entrepreneur; combat veteran who served as a physician on the front lines in Iraq for nearly 15 months which is one of the longest combat deployments by a physician since World War II
  • Ravi Chaudhary, former Air Force officer; completed 21 years of service at the Air Force District of Washington, Andrews AFB, Maryland; C-17 Pilot; served at the Pentagon as a speechwriter and strategic planner in the Secretary of the Air Force Executive Action Group and Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Force Strategic Plans and Programs[8]
  • Army SGT Balkrishna Dave, served with USASOC at Fort Bragg and participated in Yudh Abhyas 2013 with the Indian military[9]
  • Sunil Desai, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel; founder of the nonprofit Girl Rising; has served as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations[10][11][12]
  • Sikh Army Captain Kamaljeet S. Kalsi, doctor; with the help of the Sikh Coalition, filed an objection to the Inspector General and the Department of Defense to be allowed to continue to serve with his religious apparel intact[13]
  • Spc. Simranpreet Lamba, a Sikh whose articles of faith include having unshorn hair covered by a turban and keeping a beard; first enlisted Sikh soldier[14]
  • Army Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan, one of the first Sikh officers in the military since permission was granted to allow beards, long hair, and turbans on active duty[15]
  • Joe Roche, Iraq war veteran and conservative political commentator
  • Taj Sareen, Marine Corps Major; F/A-18 fighter pilot with the "Red Devils" squadron of VMFA-232; died in a crash at England in October 2015 as his squadron was returning to MCAS Miramar
  • Uday Singh Taunque, first Indian American to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Sunita Williams, astronaut and former Navy officer; graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1987; has logged more than 3000 flight hours in over 300 different aircraft types

Nobel Prize[edit]

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath, "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"

Politics[edit]

Elected officials[edit]

Civil servants[edit]

Religion[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Sports[edit]

Yoga[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "12th President of Cooper Union". 
  2. ^ "PBS How we get to the next article on Bhargav Gajjar". 
  3. ^ "MIT webpage bio". 
  4. ^ Lyan Institute of Fertility Research
  5. ^ Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio
  6. ^ Goizueta Business School of Emory University
  7. ^ http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/index.php/Who-we-are/Founder-s-Story.html
  8. ^ "Ravi Chaudhary – Executive Director for Regions and Center Operations". www.faa.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  9. ^ MacLeod, Sgt Michael J. (2013-05-03), English: Sgt. Balkrishna Dave, an India-born U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, explains weapons-range safety procedures to Indian Army soldiers with the 99th Mountain Brigade before they fire American machine guns May 4, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C. They are part of Yudh Abhyas 2013, the latest annual training event between the armies of India and the United States, sponsored by U.S. Army Pacific., retrieved 2016-01-17 
  10. ^ http://www.hotchkiss.org/news/detail.aspx?LinkId=8438&ModuleId=185
  11. ^ http://girlrising.com/blog/sunil-more-than-a-few-good-men/
  12. ^ http://www.bindiproject.org/about-us/our-team.html
  13. ^ "Sikhs want Army to waive dress and appearance regulations". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  14. ^ Kappler, Susanne (2010-11-15), English: Spc. Simranpreet Lamba joins 12 other Soldiers in a naturalization ceremony Wednesday morning at Fort Jackson. Lamba, a Sikh whose articles of faith include having unshorn hair covered by a turban and keeping a beard, is the first enlisted Sikh Soldier in at least 26 years who has been granted religious acco Photo Credit: Susanne Kappler, retrieved 2016-01-17 
  15. ^ Army, U. S. (2010-01-01), English: Army Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan, one of the first Sikh officers in the military since permission was granted to allow beards, long hair, and turbans on active duty. Photo at Officer training, 2010, retrieved 2016-01-17 
  16. ^ "PBS How we get to the next article on Bhargav Gajjar". 
  17. ^ "New Robotic Hands Let Deep-Sea Divers Grasp And Prod". 

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