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List of Cornell University alumni

Cornell's 2008 commencement ceremony at Schoellkopf Field

This list of Cornell University alumni includes notable graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Cornell University, an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York. Cornell counted 245,027 living alumni as of August 2008.[1] Its alumni constitute 23 recipients of National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation combined, 29 MacArthur Fellows, 31 Marshall Scholars and 29 Rhodes Scholars,[1][2][3] and Cornell is the only university with three female winners (Pearl S. Buck, Barbara McClintock, and Toni Morrison) of unshared Nobel Prizes among its graduates.[4][5] Many alumni maintain university ties through Homecoming's reunion weekend, through Cornell Magazine,[6] and through the Cornell Club of New York. In 2005, Cornell ranked #3 nationwide for gifts and bequests from alumni.[1] Alumni are known as Cornellians.

Cornellians are noted for their accomplishments in public, professional, and corporate life.[1][7] Lee Teng-hui was president of Taiwan,[8] Mario García Menocal was president of Cuba,[9] Jamshid Amuzegar ('50) was prime minister of Iran,[10] Hu Shih ('14) was a Chinese reformer and representative to the United Nations,[11] Janet Reno ('60) was the first female United States Attorney General,[12] and Ruth Bader Ginsburg ('54) serves on the Supreme Court.[13] Alumnus David Starr Jordan (1872) was the founding president of Stanford University,[14] and M. Carey Thomas (1877) founded Bryn Mawr College.[15] Additionally, alumnus Matt Urban ('41) holds the distinction as the most decorated serviceman in United States history.[16]

Cornellians in business include: Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill ('55),[17] Goldman Sachs Group Chairman Stephen Friedman ('59),[18] Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld ('75, '77, '80),[19] Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini ('84),[20] S.C. Johnson & Son CEO Fisk Johnson ('79, '80, '82, '84, '86),[21] Cargill Chairman Warren Staley ('67),[22] Chevron Chairman Kenneth T. Derr ('59),[23] Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse ('77),[24] Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam ('76),[25] Mastercard CEO Robert Selander ('72),[26] Coors Brewing Company CEO Adolph Coors ('37),[27] Burger King founder James McLamore ('47),[28] Loews Corporation Chairman Andrew Tisch ('71),[29] New York Private Bank & Trust Chairman Howard Milstein ('73),[30] Baupost Group founder Seth Klarman ('79),[31] Hotels.com founder David Litman ('79),[32] Palm founder Jeff Hawkins ('79),[33] PeopleSoft founder David Duffield ('62),[34] Priceline.com founder Jay Walker ('77),[35] Staples founder Myra Hart ('62),[36] Qualcomm founder Irwin M. Jacobs ('56),[37] Atlantic Philanthropies founder Chuck Feeney ('56),[38] Lubna Olayan CEO Olayan Financing Company, the holding entity for Olayan Group ('77),[39] and Tata Group CEO Ratan Tata ('62).[40]

In medicine, alumnus Robert Atkins ('55) developed the Atkins Diet,[41] Henry Heimlich ('47) developed the Heimlich maneuver,[42] Wilson Greatbatch ('50) invented the pacemaker,[43] James Maas ('66; also a faculty member) coined the term "power nap",[44] and C. Everett Koop ('41) served as Surgeon General of the United States.[45]

A number of Cornellians have been prominent innovators. Thomas Midgley, Jr. ('11) invented Freon,[46] Jon Rubinstein ('78) is credited with the development of the iPod,[47] and Robert Tappan Morris developed the first computer worm on the Internet. Eight Cornellians have served as NASA astronauts, Steve Squyres ('81) is the principal investigator on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission,[48] and Bill Nye ('77) is well known as "The Science Guy".[49]

The Cornell Club in New York City is a focal point for alumni.

In literature, Toni Morrison ('55; Nobel laureate) is well known for her novel Beloved, Pearl S. Buck ('25; Nobel laureate) authored The Good Earth,[50] and E. B. White ('21) authored Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little.[51] Thomas Pynchon ('59) won the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow. Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle, attended Cornell from 1940-1944 and was Assistant Managing Editor of the Cornell Daily Sun. Media personalities who have graduated from Cornell include conservative Ann Coulter ('84)[52] and liberals Bill Maher ('78) and Keith Olbermann ('79).[53]

Several Cornellians have also achieved critical acclaim in entertainment. The Wizard of Oz, Jimmy Smits ('82) was in Star Wars,[17] and Ronald D. Moore created the 2004 remake of Battlestar Galactica. On the architectural front, alumnus Richmond Shreve (1902) designed the Empire State Building,[54] and Raymond M. Kennedy ('15) designed Hollywood's famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre.[55]

In athletics, Cornell graduates include football legend Glenn "Pop" Warner (1894),[56] former head coach of the United States men's national soccer team Bruce Arena ('73),[57] National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman ('74),[58] Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, six-time Stanley Cup winning hockey goalie Ken Dryden ('69),[59] William Larned who was one of the "Big Three of the U.S. men's (tennis) championship" and won the title seven times, and Toronto Raptors president Bryan Colangelo ('87).[60] Alumni also include Super Bowl champions Kevin Boothe and Ed Marinaro ('71).[61] Cornellians had won numerous Olympic medals.

Fictional alumni have been portrayed in several films, television shows, and books. Characters include Andy Bernard of The Office,[62] Natalie Keener of Up in the Air,[63] and Christina Pagniacci (portrayed by Cameron Diaz) in Any Given Sunday.[64]

Contents

  • Nobel laureates 1
  • Government 2
    • Heads of State 2.1
    • U.S. Supreme Court Justices 2.2
    • U.S. Cabinet and cabinet-level ranks 2.3
    • U.S. Governors 2.4
    • U.S. Senators 2.5
    • U.S. Congressmen 2.6
    • Diplomats 2.7
    • Judges and lawyers 2.8
    • Medal of Honor recipients 2.9
    • Other government 2.10
  • Business 3
    • Founders 3.1
    • Chairpersons, CEOs, executives 3.2
  • Natural sciences and related fields 4
    • Mathematics and Statistics 4.1
    • Physics 4.2
    • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Physics 4.3
    • Chemistry 4.4
    • Computer Science and Computer Engineering 4.5
    • Engineering, Material Science 4.6
    • Industrial and Labor Relations 4.7
    • Biological Sciences (Biology, Ecology, Botany, Nutrition, Biophysics, Biochemistry) 4.8
    • Medicine 4.9
    • NASA Astronauts 4.10
  • Social sciences 5
    • Anthropology and Sociology 5.1
    • Economics 5.2
    • Government 5.3
    • Psychology 5.4
  • Humanities 6
    • Philosophy 6.1
    • Literature 6.2
    • History 6.3
    • Music 6.4
    • Architecture and design 6.5
    • Fine arts and photography 6.6
  • Media 7
    • Journalism 7.1
    • Film, radio, television and theatre 7.2
  • Education 8
    • Founders and leaders of academic institutions 8.1
    • Educators and scholars 8.2
  • Athletics 9
    • American football 9.1
    • Baseball 9.2
    • Basketball 9.3
    • Ice hockey 9.4
    • Olympics 9.5
    • Other 9.6
  • Crime 10
  • Fictional Cornellians 11
  • See also 12
  • Notes 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15

Nobel laureates

Chemistry

  • Eric Betzig (M.S. 1985; Ph.D. 1988, Applied and Engineering Physics) - Chemistry, 2014
  • William Moerner (Ph.D. 1982, Experimental Physics) - Chemistry, 2014

Physics

Peace, literature, or economics

Physiology or medicine

Government

Heads of State

U.S. Supreme Court Justices

U.S. Cabinet and cabinet-level ranks

U.S. Governors

U.S. Senators

U.S. Congressmen

Diplomats

Judges and lawyers

Medal of Honor recipients

Other government

FlorenceKelley
Major General John Paxton Jr.

Business

Founders

Chairpersons, CEOs, executives

Natural sciences and related fields

Mathematics and Statistics

Physics

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Physics

Chemistry

Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Engineering, Material Science

Industrial and Labor Relations

Biological Sciences (Biology, Ecology, Botany, Nutrition, Biophysics, Biochemistry)

Medicine

NASA Astronauts

Social sciences

Anthropology and Sociology

Economics

Government

Psychology

Humanities

Philosophy

Literature

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History

Music

Architecture and design

Fine arts and photography

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Media

Journalism

Film, radio, television and theatre

Frank Morgan

Education

Founders and leaders of academic institutions

Educators and scholars

Athletics

American football

Baseball

Basketball

Ice hockey

Olympics

See also: Cornell Olympians

Other

Crime

Fictional Cornellians

See also

Notes

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External links

  • Cornell in Professional Sports
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