List of Indian Americans

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This is a list of notable Indian Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained U.S. 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]


  • Urja Merchant, One of the youngest, most influential neuroscientists that has profoundly changed the research implications of Multiple Sclerosis


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


Ruchir Sharma, chief global strategist of asset management and emerging markets equity, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

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
Rohit Gupta, director, 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]

Ravinder Bhalla, elected the first turban-wearing Sikh U.S. mayor, of Hoboken, New Jersey

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


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]


  1. ^ "Dual Nationality - New Delhi, India - Embassy of the United States". Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "12th President of Cooper Union". 
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  4. ^ "Amit Sheth - - Wright State University". Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "PBS How we get to the next article on Bhargav Gajjar". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. 
  6. ^ "MIT webpage bio". 
  7. ^ "Jagdish Sheth". Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  9. ^ Sharon Otterman (November 8, 2017). "In a City of Firsts, Hoboken Elects a Sikh as Mayor". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  10. ^ Hefler, Jan. "Race-baiting ads backfired, says Sikh who broke barriers in South Jersey freeholder race", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 8, 2017. Accessed December 30, 2017.
  11. ^ Allison Pries and John Ensslin (December 2, 2016). "Bergen prosecutor talks computer crimes, heroin epidemic"., part of the USA TODAY network. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Barack Obama re-nominates 3 Indian-Americans for federal judgeship". timesofindia-economictimes. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "New Robotic Hands Let Deep-Sea Divers Grasp And Prod".