100 Notable alumni of
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is 17th in the world, 12th in North America, and 12th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Massachusetts Institute of Technology sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Noam Chomsky

    Noam Chomsky
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-.. (age 94)
    Occupations
    philosopherlinguistpolitical writeruniversity teacherpsychologist
    Biography

    Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historical essayist, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes called "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is a Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and an Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is the author of more than 150 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.

  2. John Forbes Nash

    John Forbes Nash
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-2015 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    mathematicianeconomistuniversity teacherassociation football player
    Biography

    John Forbes Nash Jr. was an American mathematician who made fundamental contributions to game theory, differential geometry, and the study of partial differential equations. Nash's work has provided insight into the factors that govern chance and decision-making inside complex systems found in everyday life.

  3. Benjamin Netanyahu

    Benjamin Netanyahu
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1972-1975 graduated with Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomatstatespersonmilitary personnelpolitical writer
    Biography

    Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is an Israeli politician who served as the ninth prime minister of Israel from 1996 to 1999 and from 2009 to 2021. Netanyahu currently serves as Leader of the Opposition and as the chairman of the Likud – National Liberal Movement. He served in office for a total of 15 years, making him the longest-serving Israeli prime minister in history. He was also the first prime minister to be born in Israel after its Declaration of Independence.

  4. Buzz Aldrin

    Buzz Aldrin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    air force officerfighter pilotastronautautobiographerscience fiction writer
    Biography

    Buzz Aldrin is an American former astronaut, engineer and fighter pilot. He made three spacewalks as pilot of the 1966 Gemini 12 mission, and, as Lunar Module Eagle pilot on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, he and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two people to land on the Moon.

  5. Richard Feynman

    Richard Feynman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-1988 (aged 70)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1939 graduated with bachelor's degree
    Occupations
    physicistquantum physicistinventorwriteruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Richard Phillips Feynman was an American theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as his work in particle physics for which he proposed the parton model. For contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 jointly with Julian Schwinger and Shin'ichirō Tomonaga.

  6. James Woods

    James Woods
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    actorpoker player
    Biography

    James Howard Woods is an American actor and producer. He is known for his work in various film, stage, and television productions. He started his career in minor roles on and off-Broadway. In 1972, he appeared in The Trial of the Catonsville Nine alongside Sam Waterston and Michael Moriarty on Broadway. In 1972 he won the Theatre World Award for his performance in Moonchildren. In 1978, Woods made his television breakthrough alongside Meryl Streep, playing her husband in the critically acclaimed four-part miniseries Holocaust. The series went on to receive the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series. After his film debut in Elia Kazan's The Visitors, he starred in supporting roles on films, including Sydney Pollack's The Way We Were and Arthur Penn's Night Moves (1975).

  7. Mario Draghi

    Mario Draghi
    Born in
    Italy Flag Italy
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1977 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    economistbankeruniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Mario Draghi is an Italian economist, banker, academic and civil servant who has been Prime Minister of Italy since 13 February 2021. He previously served as President of the European Central Bank (ECB) from 2011 until 2019. Draghi was also Chair of the Financial Stability Board from 2009 to 2011 and Governor of the Bank of Italy from 2006 to 2011.

  8. Kofi Annan

    Kofi Annan
    Born in
    Ghana Flag Ghana
    Years
    1938-2018 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    diplomateconomistpolitician
    Biography

    Kofi Atta Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) from 1997 to 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organisation founded by Nelson Mandela.

  9. Elaine Chao

    Elaine Chao
    Born in
    Taiwan Flag Taiwan
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomist
    Biography

    Elaine Lan Chao is an American businesswoman and former government official. A member of the Republican Party, she served as the 18th United States secretary of transportation in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2021, and as the 24th United States secretary of labor in the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2009. Chao was the first Asian American woman ever to serve in a presidential cabinet.

  10. Bridgit Mendler

    Bridgit Mendler
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1992-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    singeractorsongwriterfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Bridgit Mendler is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is the recipient of various accolades, including a Radio Disney Music Award, and nominations for a Young Artist Award, eight World Music Awards, and three Shorty Awards.

  11. Carly Fiorina

    Carly Fiorina
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Cara Carleton "Carly" Fiorina is an American businesswoman and politician, known primarily for her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP). As chief executive officer of HP from 1999 to 2005, Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Fortune Top-20 company.

  12. Claude Shannon

    Claude Shannon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1916-2001 (aged 85)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1936 studied electrical engineering
    Occupations
    mathematiciancryptographercomputer scientistinventorsport cyclist
    Biography

    Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as a "father of information theory".

  13. Shiva Ayyadurai

    Shiva Ayyadurai
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    businesspersoninventorscientist
    Biography

    V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai is an Indian-American engineer, politician, entrepreneur and anti-vaccine activist. He has become known for promoting conspiracy theories, pseudoscience and unfounded medical claims. Ayyadurai holds four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including a Ph.D. in biological engineering, and is a Fulbright grant recipient.

  14. Richard Stallman

    Richard Stallman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    programmerbloggerengineerinventoractivist
    Biography

    Richard Matthew Stallman, also known by his initials, rms, is an American free software movement activist and programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in such a manner that its users have the freedom to use, study, distribute, and modify that software. Software that ensures these freedoms is termed free software. Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation in October 1985, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License.

  15. Raghuram Rajan

    Raghuram Rajan
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    economistprofessorbanker
    Biography

    Raghuram Govindarajan is an Indian economist and the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Between 2003 and 2006 he was Chief Economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund. From September 2013 through September 2016 he was the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India; in 2015, during his tenure at the RBI, he became the Vice-Chairman of the Bank for International Settlements.

  16. Charles Koch

    Charles Koch
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1935-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Charles de Ganahl Koch is an American billionaire businessman. As of March 2022, he was ranked as the 20th richest person in the world on Bloomberg Billionaires Index, with an estimated net worth of $58 billion. Koch has been co-owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries since 1967, while his late brother David Koch served as executive vice president. Charles and David each owned 42% of the conglomerate. The brothers inherited the business from their father, Fred C. Koch, then expanded the business. Originally involved exclusively in oil refining and chemicals, Koch Industries now includes process and pollution control equipment and technologies, polymers and fibers, minerals, fertilizers, commodity trading and services, forest and consumer products, and ranching. The businesses produce a wide variety of well-known brands, such as Stainmaster carpet, the Lycra brand of spandex fiber, Quilted Northern tissue, and Dixie Cup.

  17. I. M. Pei

    I. M. Pei
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1917-2019 (aged 102)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduated with Bachelor of Architecture
    Occupations
    architect
    Biography

    Ieoh Ming Pei was a Chinese-American architect. Raised in Shanghai, Pei drew inspiration at an early age from the garden villas at Suzhou, the traditional retreat of the scholar-gentry to which his family belonged. In 1935, he moved to the United States and enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania's architecture school, but he quickly transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was unhappy with the focus at both schools on Beaux-Arts architecture, and spent his free time researching emerging architects, especially Le Corbusier. After graduating, he joined the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and became a friend of the Bauhaus architects Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. In 1948, Pei was recruited by New York City real estate magnate William Zeckendorf, for whom he worked for seven years before establishing an independent design firm in 1955, I. M. Pei & Associates. In 1966 that became I. M. Pei & Partners, and in 1989 became Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Pei retired from full-time practice in 1990. In his retirement, he worked as an architectural consultant primarily from his sons' architectural firm Pei Partnership Architects.

  18. Paul Krugman

    Paul Krugman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Studied in 1974-1977
    Occupations
    columnisteconomistessayistbloggeruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Paul Robin Krugman is an American economist and public intellectual, who is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a columnist for The New York Times. In 2008, Krugman was the winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography. The Prize Committee cited Krugman's work explaining the patterns of international trade and the geographic distribution of economic activity, by examining the effects of economies of scale and of consumer preferences for diverse goods and services.

  19. David H. Koch

    David H. Koch
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-2019 (aged 79)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1962 graduated with bachelor's degree in chemical engineering
    In 1963 graduated with master's degree in chemical engineering
    Occupations
    businesspersonengineerentrepreneurpoliticianmerchant
    Biography

    David Hamilton Koch was an American businessman, political activist, philanthropist, and chemical engineer. In 1970, he joined the family business: Koch Industries, the largest privately held company in the United States. He became president of the subsidiary Koch Engineering in 1979, and became a co-owner of Koch Industries (along with elder brother Charles) in 1983. Koch served as an executive vice president of Koch Industries until he retired due to health issues in 2018.

  20. Georges Llhbb

    Georges Llhbb
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1894-1966 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    cosmologistmathematicianuniversity teacherphysicisttheologian
    Biography

    Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître was a Belgian Catholic priest, theoretical physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Louvain. He was the first to theorize that the recession of nearby galaxies can be explained by an expanding universe, which was observationally confirmed soon afterwards by Edwin Hubble. He first derived "Hubble's law", now called the Hubble–Lemaître law by the IAU, and published the first estimation of the Hubble constant in 1927, two years before Hubble's article. Lemaître also proposed a version of the "Big Bang theory" of the origin of the universe, calling it the "hypothesis of the primeval atom", and later calling it "the beginning of the world".

  21. Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Joseph E. Stiglitz
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1966-1967 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in economics
    Occupations
    economistuniversity teacherscience writernon-fiction writerprofessor
    Biography

    Joseph Eugene Stiglitz is an American economist, a public policy analyst, and a full professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979). He is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a former member and chairman of the (US president's) Council of Economic Advisers. He is known for his support of Georgist public finance theory and for his critical view of the management of globalization, of laissez-faire economists (whom he calls "free-market fundamentalists"), and of international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

  22. Raymond Kurzweil

    Raymond Kurzweil
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    inventorcomputer scientistentrepreneurwriterscience fiction writer
    Biography

    Raymond Kurzweil is an American inventor and futurist. He is involved in fields such as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He has written books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism. Kurzweil is a public advocate for the futurist and transhumanist movements and gives public talks to share his optimistic outlook on life extension technologies and the future of nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology.

  23. Ben Bernanke

    Ben Bernanke
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    economistpoliticianprofessorbankerteacher
    Biography

    Ben Shalom Bernanke is an American economist. He is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as the 14th Chair of the Federal Reserve, from 2006 to 2014. During his tenure as chair, Bernanke oversaw the Federal Reserve's response to the late-2000s financial crisis, for which he was named the 2009 Time Person of the Year. Before becoming Federal Reserve chair, Bernanke was a tenured professor at Princeton University and chaired the department of economics there from 1996 to September 2002, when he went on public service leave.

  24. Jimmy Doolittle

    Jimmy Doolittle
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1896-1993 (aged 97)
    Occupations
    aircraft pilotmilitary officerengineer
    Biography

    James Harold Doolittle was an American military general and aviation pioneer who received the Medal of Honor for his daring raid on Japan during World War II. He also made early coast-to-coast flights, record-breaking speed flights, won many flying races, and helped develop and flight-test instrument flying.

  25. Princess Ubol Ratana of Thailand

    Princess Ubol Ratana of Thailand
    Born in
    Switzerland Flag Switzerland
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politiciansingerfilm actoractorsocial worker
    Biography

    Princess Ubol Ratana is a member of the Thai royal family. She is the eldest child of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit and elder sister of King Vajiralongkorn.

  26. Sal Khan

    Sal Khan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    teacherentrepreneurwritermathematicianscientist
    Biography

    Salman Amin Khan, known as Sal Khan, is an American educator and the founder of Khan Academy, a free online education platform and an organization with which he has produced over 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, originally focusing on mathematics and sciences. He is also the founder of Khan Lab School, a brick-and-mortar school associated with Khan Academy.

  27. Alicia Nash

    Alicia Nash
    Born in
    El Salvador Flag El Salvador
    Years
    1933-2015 (aged 82)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1955 studied physics
    Occupations
    physicistactivist
    Biography

    Alicia Esther Nash was a Salvadoran-American physicist. The wife of mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., she was a mental-health care advocate, who gave up her professional aspirations to support her husband and son who were both diagnosed with schizophrenia.

  28. Aafia Siddiqui

    Aafia Siddiqui
    Born in
    Pakistan Flag Pakistan
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    neuroscientist
    Biography

    Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani national who is serving an 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, United States for attempted murder and other felonies.

  29. Morris Chang

    Morris Chang
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1931-.. (age 91)
    Occupations
    engineerentrepreneur
    Biography

    Morris Chang, is a Taiwanese-American businessman who built his career in the USA and Taiwan. He is the founder, as well as former chairman and CEO, of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's first and largest silicon foundry. He is known as the semiconductor industry founder of Taiwan. As of October 2021, his net worth was estimated at US$2.8 billion.

  30. Philip Kotler

    Philip Kotler
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1931-.. (age 91)
    Occupations
    economistmathematicianwriteruniversity teacherbusinessperson
    Biography

    Philip Kotler is an American marketing author, consultant, and professor emeritus; the S. C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (1962–2018). He is known for popularizing the definition of marketing mix. He is the author of over 80 books, including Marketing Management, Principles of Marketing, Kotler on Marketing, Marketing Insights from A to Z, Marketing 4.0, Marketing Places, Marketing of Nations, Chaotics, Market Your Way to Growth, Winning Global Markets, Strategic Marketing for Health Care Organizations, Social Marketing, Social Media Marketing, My Adventures in Marketing, Up and Out of Poverty, and Winning at Innovation. Kotler describes strategic marketing as serving as "the link between society's needs and its pattern of industrial response."

  31. Lawrence Summers

    Lawrence Summers
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1975 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    Occupations
    economistuniversity teacherprofessorscientistpolitician
    Biography

    Lawrence Henry Summers is an American economist who served as the 71st United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001 and as the 8th Director of the National Economic Council from 2009 to 2010. He also served as president of Harvard University from 2001 to 2006, where he is currently (as of March 2017) a university professor and director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

  32. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim

    Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1987-.. (age 35)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 2012 studied chemistry
    Occupations
    chemistYouTuberscience communicatortelevision presentertelevision producer
    Biography

    Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim is a German chemist, science communicator, television presenter and YouTuber. In June 2020 she was elected to the senate of the Max Planck Society.

  33. Lisa Su

    Lisa Su
    Born in
    Taiwan Flag Taiwan
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    chief executive officerentrepreneurelectrical engineer
    Biography

    Lisa Su is a Taiwanese-American business executive and electrical engineer, who is the president, chief executive officer and chair of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Early in her career, Su worked at Texas Instruments, IBM, and Freescale Semiconductor in engineering and management positions. She is known for her work developing silicon-on-insulator semiconductor manufacturing technologies and more efficient semiconductor chips during her time as vice president of IBM's Semiconductor Research and Development Center.

  34. Andrew Y. Ng

    Andrew Y. Ng
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    artificial intelligence researchercomputer scientistuniversity teacherentrepreneur
    Biography

    Andrew Yan-Tak Ng is a British-born American computer scientist and technology entrepreneur focusing on machine learning and AI. Ng was a co-founder and head of Google Brain and was the former chief scientist at Baidu, building the company's Artificial Intelligence Group into a team of several thousand people.

  35. George Shultz

    George Shultz
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1920-2021 (aged 101)
    Occupations
    economistmilitary personneldiplomatuniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    George Pratt Shultz was an American economist, diplomat, and businessman. He served in various positions under three different Republican presidents and is one of only two people to have held four different Cabinet-level posts (the other being Elliot Richardson). Shultz played a major role in shaping the foreign policy of the Ronald Reagan administration. From 1974 to 1982, he was an executive of the Bechtel Group, an engineering and services company.

  36. Esther Duflo

    Esther Duflo
    Born in
    France Flag France
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    economistprofessoruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Esther Duflo, FBA is a French–American economist who is a professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is the co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), which was established in 2003. She shared the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer, "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty".

  37. Neri Oxman

    Neri Oxman
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    architectdesignerresearcher
    Biography

    Neri Oxman is an American–Israeli designer and professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she led the Mediated Matter research group. She is known for art and architecture that combine design, biology, computing, and materials engineering.

  38. Jon Kabat-Zinn

    Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    molecular biologistwriteruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Jon Kabat-Zinn is an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Zen Buddhist teachers such as Philip Kapleau, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Seung Sahn, and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with scientific findings. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations, and is described in his book Full Catastrophe Living.

  39. Jonah Peretti

    Jonah Peretti
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Jonah H. Peretti is an Internet entrepreneur, a co-founder and the CEO of BuzzFeed, co-founder of The Huffington Post, and developer of reblogging under the project "Reblog".

  40. Qian Xuesen

    Qian Xuesen
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1911-2009 (aged 98)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1935-1936 graduated with Master of Science
    Occupations
    astronautical engineerengineer
    Biography

    Qian Xuesen, or Hsue-Shen Tsien, was a Chinese mathematician, cyberneticist, aerospace engineer, and physicist who made significant contributions to the field of aerodynamics and established engineering cybernetics. Recruited from MIT, he joined Theodore von Kármán's group at Caltech.

  41. Lotfi A. Zadeh

    Lotfi A. Zadeh
    Born in
    Azerbaijan Flag Azerbaijan
    Years
    1921-2017 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    mathematicianengineerprofessorcomputer scientist
    Biography

    Lotfi Aliasker Zadeh was a mathematician, computer scientist, electrical engineer, artificial intelligence researcher, and professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Zadeh is best known for proposing fuzzy mathematics, consisting of several fuzzy-related concepts: fuzzy sets, fuzzy logic, fuzzy algorithms, fuzzy semantics, fuzzy languages, fuzzy control, fuzzy systems, fuzzy probabilities, fuzzy events, and fuzzy information. Zadeh was a founding member of the Eurasian Academy.

  42. Ronald McNair

    Ronald McNair
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1950-1986 (aged 36)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1976 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in physics
    Occupations
    physicistastronautsaxophonistkarateka
    Biography

    Ronald Erwin McNair was an American NASA astronaut and physicist. He died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L, in which he was serving as one of three mission specialists in a crew of seven.

  43. William Shockley

    William Shockley
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1910-1989 (aged 79)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1936 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    physicistinventoruniversity teacherscientist
    Biography

    William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. He was the manager of a research group at Bell Labs that included John Bardeen and Walter Brattain. The three scientists were jointly awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for "their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect".

  44. Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski

    Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1993-.. (age 29)
    Occupations
    physicistauthor
    Biography

    Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is an American theoretical physicist from Chicago who studies high energy physics. She describes herself as "a proud first-generation Cuban-American and Chicago Public Schools alumna". She completed her undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earned her PhD from Harvard University and is a PCTS Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. According to Google Trends, Pasterski was the #3 Trending Scientist for all of 2017. In 2015, she was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 Science list, named a Forbes 30 under 30 All Star in 2017, and returned as a judge in 2018 as part of Forbes' first ever all-female Science category judging panel. She is known for her unusual list of accomplishments including a 5.00 undergraduate GPA from MIT.

  45. Vannevar Bush

    Vannevar Bush
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1890-1974 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    computer scientistinventorpoliticianuniversity teacherengineer
    Biography

    Vannevar Bush was an American engineer, inventor and science administrator, who during World War II headed the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD), through which almost all wartime military R&D was carried out, including important developments in radar and the initiation and early administration of the Manhattan Project. He emphasized the importance of scientific research to national security and economic well-being, and was chiefly responsible for the movement that led to the creation of the National Science Foundation.

  46. Bill Koch

    Bill Koch
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    art collectorentrepreneur
    Biography

    William Ingraham Koch is an American billionaire businessman, sailor, and collector. His boat was the winner of the America's Cup in 1992. Forbes estimated Koch's net worth at $1.8 billion in 2019, from oil and other investments.

  47. Tom Wolf

    Tom Wolf
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politicianentrepreneurbusinessperson
    Biography

    Thomas Westerman Wolf is an American politician and businessman serving as the 47th and current governor of Pennsylvania since 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he defeated Republican incumbent Tom Corbett in the 2014 gubernatorial election and was reelected in 2018 by a margin of 17.1%. Prior to his election to the governorship, Wolf was the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue from April 2007 to November 2008 and an executive in his family-owned business.

  48. William Clay Ford

    William Clay Ford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    entrepreneurtaekwondo athlete
    Biography

    William Clay Ford Jr. is an American businessman, serving as executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. The great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, Ford joined the board in 1988 and has served as chairman since January 1999. Ford also served as the president, CEO, and COO until turning over those roles to former Boeing executive Alan Mulally in September 2006. Ford is also the vice chairman of the Detroit Lions NFL franchise. Ford serves as a chairman of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He holds a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a M.S. degree from MIT.

  49. Edgar Mitchell

    Edgar Mitchell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-2016 (aged 86)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduated with Doctor of Science in aeronautics and astronautics
    Occupations
    military officerastronautaircraft pilotaerospace engineerbusinessperson
    Biography

    Edgar Dean Mitchell was a United States Navy officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, ufologist and NASA astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon.

  50. David Scott

    David Scott
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1932-.. (age 90)
    Occupations
    military officertest pilotastronautaircraft pilot
    Biography

    David Randolph Scott is an American retired test pilot and NASA astronaut who was the seventh person to walk on the Moon. The commander of Apollo 15, Scott was selected as an astronaut as part of the third group in 1963. Scott flew to space three times, and is one of four surviving Moon walkers and the last surviving crew member of Apollo 15.

  51. Jim Simons

    Jim Simons
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    mathematicianfinancierbusinesspersonuniversity teachercryptographer
    Biography

    James Harris Simons is an American mathematician, billionaire hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He is the founder of Renaissance Technologies, a quantitative hedge fund based in East Setauket, New York. He and his fund are known to be quantitative investors, using mathematical models and algorithms to make investment gains from market inefficiencies. Due to the long-term aggregate investment returns of Renaissance and its Medallion Fund, Simons is described as the "greatest investor on Wall Street," and more specifically "the most successful hedge fund manager of all time."

  52. Tom Scholz

    Tom Scholz
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    musicianinventorguitaristsongwriter
    Biography

    Donald Thomas Scholz is an American musician. He is the founder, main songwriter, primary guitarist and only remaining original member of the rock band Boston. He has appeared on every Boston album.

  53. Gilbert N. Lewis

    Gilbert N. Lewis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1875-1946 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    chemistphysicistuniversity teachernon-fiction writer
    Biography

    Gilbert Newton Lewis was an American physical chemist and a Dean of the College of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. Lewis was best known for his discovery of the covalent bond and his concept of electron pairs; his Lewis dot structures and other contributions to valence bond theory have shaped modern theories of chemical bonding. Lewis successfully contributed to chemical thermodynamics, photochemistry, and isotope separation, and is also known for his concept of acids and bases. Lewis also researched on relativity and quantum physics, and in 1926 he coined the term "photon" for the smallest unit of radiant energy.

  54. Ricardo Rosselló

    Ricardo Rosselló
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    scientistpolitician
    Biography

    Ricardo Antonio Rosselló Nevares is a Puerto Rican politician who served as the governor of Puerto Rico from 2017 to 2019. He resigned on August 2, 2019, after protests related to the Telegramgate scandal. He is the son of former governor of Puerto Rico and pediatric surgeon Pedro Rosselló.

  55. David Miliband

    David Miliband
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomateconomistresearch fellow
    Biography

    David Wright Miliband is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the International Rescue Committee and a former British Labour Party politician. He was the Foreign Secretary from 2007 to 2010 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Shields from 2001 to 2013. He and his brother, Ed Miliband, were the first siblings to sit in the Cabinet simultaneously since Lord Edward and Oliver Stanley in 1938. He was a candidate for Labour Party leadership in 2010, following the departure of Gordon Brown.

  56. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in economic development
    Occupations
    diplomateconomistpolitician
    Biography

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-American economist, fair trade leader, environmental sustainability advocate, human welfare champion, sustainable finance maven and global development expert. Since March 2021, Okonjo-Iweala has been serving as Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Notably, she is the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization as Director-General. She sits on boards of: Danone, Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, MINDS: Mandela Institute for Development Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, One Campaign, GAVI: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Rockefeller Foundation, R4D: Results for Development, ARC: African Risk Capacity and Earthshot Prize plus others.

  57. Henry Mintzberg Storch

    Henry Mintzberg Storch
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    economistuniversity teachersociologistwriter
    Biography

    Henry Mintzberg is a Canadian academic and author on business and management. He is currently the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he has been teaching since 1968.

  58. Robert Noyce

    Robert Noyce
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1927-1990 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    physicistinventorengineerbusinesspersoncomputer scientist
    Biography

    Robert Norton Noyce, nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley", was an American physicist and entrepreneur who co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968. He is also credited with the realization of the first monolithic integrated circuit or microchip, which fueled the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name.

  59. Murray Gell-Mann

    Murray Gell-Mann
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1929-2019 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    non-fiction writertheoretical physicist
    Biography

    Murray Gell-Mann was an American physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles. He was the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, a distinguished fellow and one of the co-founders of the Santa Fe Institute, a professor of physics at the University of New Mexico, and the Presidential Professor of Physics and Medicine at the University of Southern California.

  60. Selçuk Bayraktar

    Selçuk Bayraktar
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    engineerpoliticianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Selçuk Bayraktar is a Turkish engineer and businessman. He is the chief technology officer of Turkish technology company Baykar and the architect of Turkey’s first indigenous and operational unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems. He is also the founding chairman of the Turkish Technology Team Foundation.

  61. Louis Sullivan

    Louis Sullivan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1856-1924 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    architectdesigner
    Biography

    Louis Henry Sullivan was an American architect, and has been called a "father of skyscrapers" and "father of modernism". He was an influential architect of the Chicago School, a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, and an inspiration to the Chicago group of architects who have come to be known as the Prairie School. Along with Wright and Henry Hobson Richardson, Sullivan is one of "the recognized trinity of American architecture". The phrase "form follows function" is attributed to him, although he credited the concept to ancient Roman architect Vitruvius (as it turns out never said anything of the sort). In 1944, Sullivan was the second architect to posthumously receive the AIA Gold Medal.

  62. Janet Hsieh

    Janet Hsieh
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    television presentertaekwondo athleteviolinist
    Biography

    Janet Hsieh is a Taiwanese-American television personality, violinist, author, and model based in Taipei, Taiwan. She is the host of the Discovery Travel and Living Channel's long-running series Fun Taiwan. The program is currently in its 13th season and has expanded to include Fun Asia and Fun Taiwan Challenge. She has been nominated four times for the Taiwanese Golden Bell Awards as Best Host of a Travel Program, and once for Best Host of a Variety Program.

  63. Patrick M. Shanahan

    Patrick M. Shanahan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    business executivepoliticianengineer
    Biography

    Patrick Michael Shanahan is a former United States federal government official who served as acting U.S. Secretary of Defense in 2019. President Donald Trump appointed Shanahan to the role after the resignation of Retired General James N. Mattis. Shanahan served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2017 to 2019. He previously spent 30 years at Boeing in a variety of roles.

  64. Raymond Tomlinson

    Raymond Tomlinson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-2016 (aged 75)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1965 graduated with master's degree in electrical engineering
    Occupations
    programmerinventor
    Biography

    Raymond Samuel Tomlinson was an American computer programmer who implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system, the precursor to the Internet, in 1971; It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to ARPANET. Previously, mail could be sent only to others who used the same computer. To achieve this, he used the @ sign to separate the user name from the name of their machine, a scheme which has been used in email addresses ever since. The Internet Hall of Fame in its account of his work commented "Tomlinson's email program brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changing the way people communicate". He is credited with the invention of the TCP three-way handshake which underlies HTTP and many other key Internet protocols.

  65. Alex Padilla

    Alex Padilla
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    engineerpolitician
    Biography

    Alejandro Padilla is an American politician serving as the junior United States senator from California since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, Padilla served as the 32nd secretary of state of California from 2015 to 2021.

  66. Thomas Massie

    Thomas Massie
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1993 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    Occupations
    politicianentrepreneurfarmerbusiness executive
    Biography

    Thomas Harold Massie is an American politician and businessman. A member of the Republican Party, Massie has been the United States representative for Kentucky's 4th congressional district since 2012, when he defeated Bill Adkins in the special and general elections. The district covers much of northeastern Kentucky, but is dominated by the Kentucky side of the Cincinnati area and Louisville's eastern suburbs.

  67. Virgilio Barco Vargas

    Virgilio Barco Vargas
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1921-1997 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    civil engineerdiplomatengineerpolitician
    Biography

    Virgilio Barco Vargas was a Colombian politician and civil engineer who served as the 27th President of Colombia serving from 7 August 1986 to 7 August 1990.

  68. George Akerlof

    George Akerlof
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1966 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    economistprofessor
    Biography

    George Arthur Akerlof is an American economist who is a university professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and Koshland Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Akerlof was awarded 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, jointly with Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz, "for their analyses of markets with asymmetric information."

  69. Charlie Korsmo

    Charlie Korsmo
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    actorlawyer
    Biography

    Charles Randolph Korsmo is an American lawyer and actor. He is best known for portraying the Kid from the film adaption of Dick Tracy and Jack Banning in Hook.

  70. Chris Sununu

    Chris Sununu
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    politicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Christopher Thomas Sununu is an American politician and engineer who has served as the 82nd governor of New Hampshire since 2017. A member of the Republican Party, Sununu was a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council from 2011 to 2017.

  71. Charles Duke

    Charles Duke
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1935-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    air force officerastronauttest pilotfighter pilotflight instructor
    Biography

    Charles Moss Duke Jr. is an American former astronaut, United States Air Force (USAF) officer and test pilot. As lunar module pilot of Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon, at age 36 years and 201 days.

  72. Tony Tan Keng Yam

    Tony Tan Keng Yam
    Born in
    Singapore Flag Singapore
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    mathematicianpoliticianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Tony Tan Keng Yam is a retired Singaporean politician and deputy prime minister who served as the 7th president of Singapore from 2011 to 2017.

  73. John Urschel

    John Urschel
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1991-.. (age 31)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 2021 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    athletics competitorAmerican football playermathematician
    Biography

    John Cameron Urschel is a Canadian-American mathematician and retired professional American football guard and center. He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Urschel played his entire NFL career with Baltimore before announcing his retirement on July 27, 2017, at 26 years old.

  74. Mansoor Khan

    Mansoor Khan
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    film directorscreenwriterfilm producer
    Biography

    Mansoor Hussain Khan is an Indian film director and producer known for his works in Hindi cinema. Son of film maker Nasir Hussain, Khan made his directorial debut with the super-hit Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, for which Khan received the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, and the Filmfare Award for Best Director for that year. Mansoor Khan's directorial debut paved the way back for the musical romantic genre in Hindi Cinema.

  75. Steve Pieczenik

    Steve Pieczenik
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    psychiatristscience fiction writernovelist
    Biography

    Steve R. Pieczenik is a Cuban-American author, publisher, conspiracy theorist, psychiatrist, and a former consultant for the United States Department of State.

  76. Robert J. Shiller

    Robert J. Shiller
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1972 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in economics
    Occupations
    economistwriterpedagogueuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Robert James Shiller is an American economist (Nobel Laureate in 2013), academic, and best-selling author. As of 2019, he serves as a Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University and is a fellow at the Yale School of Management's International Center for Finance. Shiller has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) since 1980, was vice president of the American Economic Association in 2005, its president-elect for 2016, and president of the Eastern Economic Association for 2006–2007. He is also the co‑founder and chief economist of the investment management firm MacroMarkets LLC.

  77. Patrick Collison

    Patrick Collison
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1988-.. (age 34)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Studied in 2006-2010
    Occupations
    programmer
    Biography

    Patrick Collison is an Irish billionaire entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Stripe, which he started with his younger brother, John, in 2010. He won the 41st Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 2005 at the age of sixteen. In 2020, he founded Fast Grants to accelerate COVID-19-related science with Tyler Cowen.

  78. Andrew S. Tanenbaum

    Andrew S. Tanenbaum
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1965 graduated with Bachelor of Science in physics
    Occupations
    computer scientistengineerprogrammeracademicprofessor
    Biography

    Andrew Stuart Tanenbaum, sometimes referred to by the handle ast, is an American-Dutch computer scientist and professor emeritus of computer science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

  79. Aditya Vikram Birla

    Aditya Vikram Birla
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1943-1995 (aged 52)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Aditya Vikram Birla was an Indian industrialist. Born into one of the largest business families of India, he oversaw the diversification of his group into textiles, petrochemicals and telecommunications. He was one of the first Indian industrialists to expand abroad, setting up plants in Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Egypt. His net worth was estimated at £250 million by 1995. His death at the age of 51 left his young son Kumar Mangalam Birla in charge of his group of companies.

  80. John H. Sununu

    John H. Sununu
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    politiciantelevision presenter
    Biography

    John Henry Sununu is an American politician who was the 75th governor of New Hampshire from 1983 to 1989 and later White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. Born in Cuba to an American father and a Salvadoran mother, both of Arab descent, he is the first Arab-American and Hispanic American to be governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff. He is the father of John E. Sununu, the former United States Senator from New Hampshire, and Christopher Sununu, the current governor of New Hampshire. Sununu was the chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party from 2009 to 2011.

  81. Chan Chun Sing

    Chan Chun Sing
    Born in
    Singapore Flag Singapore
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    politiciansoldier
    Biography

    Chan Chun Sing is a Singaporean politician and former major-general who has been serving as Minister for Education since 2021 and Minister-in-charge of the Public Service since 2018. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Buona Vista ward of Tanjong Pagar GRC since 2011. Within the PAP, he holds the position of Second Assistant Secretary-General in the Central Executive Committee.

  82. Katie Bouman

    Katie Bouman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1989-.. (age 33)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 2013 graduated with Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science
    In 2017 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering and computer science
    Occupations
    computer scientistelectrical engineer
    Biography

    Katherine Louise Bouman is an American engineer and computer scientist working in the field of computer imagery. She led the development of an algorithm for imaging black holes, known as Continuous High-resolution Image Reconstruction using Patch priors (CHIRP), and was a member of the Event Horizon Telescope team that captured the first image of a black hole.

  83. Yi Gu

    Yi Gu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1931-2005 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Yi Ku was a Korean prince who was head of the House of Yi from 1970 until 2005. He was a grandson of Emperor Gojong of the Joseon dynasty.

  84. Greg Mankiw

    Greg Mankiw
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    economistblogger
    Biography

    Nicholas Gregory Mankiw is an American macroeconomist who is currently the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Mankiw is best known in academia for his work on New Keynesian economics.

  85. Ahmed Chalabi

    Ahmed Chalabi
    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1944-2015 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    politicianbusinesspersonmathematician
    Biography

    Ahmed Abdel Hadi Chalabi was an Iraqi politician, a founder of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) and the President of the Governing Council of Iraq (37th Prime Minister of Iraq).

  86. George Lakoff

    George Lakoff
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1962 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    Occupations
    linguistuniversity teacherwriter
    Biography

    George Philip Lakoff is an American cognitive linguist and philosopher, best known for his thesis that people's lives are significantly influenced by the conceptual metaphors they use to explain complex phenomena.

  87. Christopher Cassidy

    Christopher Cassidy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    astronaut
    Biography

    Christopher John "Chris" Cassidy is a retired NASA astronaut and United States Navy SEAL. Chris Cassidy achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy. His first spaceflight was on a Space Shuttle mission in 2009. He was the Chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA from July 2015 until June 2017.

  88. Jean Tirole

    Jean Tirole
    Born in
    France Flag France
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In 1981 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in economics
    Occupations
    economistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Jean Tirole is a French professor of economics at Toulouse 1 Capitole University. He focuses on industrial organization, game theory, banking and finance, and economics and psychology. In 2014 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of market power and regulation.

  89. James Kenji Lopez-Alt

    James Kenji Lopez-Alt
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    food writerrestaurateurcookcheftelevision producer
    Biography

    James Kenji López-Alt, often known simply as Kenji, is an American chef and food writer. His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, became a critical and commercial success, charting on the New York Times Bestseller list and winning the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for the best General Cooking cookbook. The cookbook expanded on López-Alt's "The Food Lab" column on the Serious Eats blog. López-Alt is known for using the scientific method in his cooking to improve popular American recipes and to explain the science of cooking.

  90. John Tsang

    John Tsang
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politicianjustice of the peacecivil servant
    Biography

    John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP is a Hong Kong former senior civil servant and government official who was the longest-serving Financial Secretary in the Special Administrative Region period to date.

  91. Lawrence M. Krauss

    Lawrence M. Krauss
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    astronomerphysicistastrophysicistnon-fiction writeruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Lawrence Maxwell Krauss is an American-Canadian theoretical physicist and cosmologist who previously taught at Arizona State University, Yale University, and Case Western Reserve University. He founded ASU's Origins Project, now called ASU Interplanetary Initiative, to investigate fundamental questions about the universe and served as the project's director.

  92. George F. Smoot

    George F. Smoot
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    astronomercosmologistastrophysicistphysicistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    George Fitzgerald Smoot III is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, Nobel laureate, and one of two contestants to win the US$1 million prize on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer with John C. Mather that led to the "discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation".

  93. K. T. McFarland

    K. T. McFarland
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kathleen Troia McFarland is an American political candidate, former government official, and political commentator. She served as Deputy National Security Advisor under Michael Flynn for the first four months of the Trump administration. She was asked to step down by Flynn's successor H. R. McMaster; news of her pending nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore was reported at the same time. President Trump nominated her in May 2017; she withdrew it in February 2018 due to concerns around her answers related to links between Trump associates and Russian officials, in particular about discussions between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

  94. Robert Tappan Morris

    Robert Tappan Morris
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    computer scientistprofessor
    Biography

    Robert Tappan Morris is an American computer scientist and entrepreneur. He is best known for creating the Morris worm in 1988, considered the first computer worm on the Internet.

  95. Alan Mulally

    Alan Mulally
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    chief executive officerengineerbusinesspersonaerospace engineer
    Biography

    Alan Roger Mulally is an American aerospace engineer and manufacturing executive.

  96. Stanley Fischer

    Stanley Fischer
    Born in
    Zambia Flag Zambia
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1966-1969 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in economics
    Occupations
    economistpedagoguewriterprofessorbanker
    Biography

    Stanley Fischer is an Israeli American economist who served as the 20th Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2017 and 8th governor of the Bank of Israel from 2005 to 2013. Born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), he holds dual citizenship in Israel and the United States. He previously served as First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and Chief Economist of the World Bank. On January 10, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Fischer to be Vice-Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors. On September 6, 2017, Stanley Fischer announced that he was resigning as Vice-Chairman for personal reasons effective October 13, 2017, just before his 74th birthday.

  97. Leslie Lamport

    Leslie Lamport
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduated with Bachelor of Science in mathematics
    Occupations
    mathematiciancomputer scientistprogrammerengineerwriter
    Biography

    Leslie B. Lamport is an American computer scientist. Lamport is best known for his seminal work in distributed systems, and as the initial developer of the document preparation system LaTeX and the author of its first manual. Leslie Lamport was the winner of the 2013 Turing Award for imposing clear, well-defined coherence on the seemingly chaotic behavior of distributed computing systems, in which several autonomous computers communicate with each other by passing messages. He devised important algorithms and developed formal modeling and verification protocols that improve the quality of real distributed systems. These contributions have resulted in improved correctness, performance, and reliability of computer systems.

  98. Peter Diamandis

    Peter Diamandis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    entrepreneurwriter
    Biography

    Peter H. Diamandis is a Greek-American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation, cofounder and executive chairman of Singularity University and coauthor of The New York Times bestsellers Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, The Future is Faster than You Think, How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives and BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World. He is former CEO and cofounder of the Zero Gravity Corporation, cofounder and vice chairman of Space Adventures Ltd., founder and chairman of the Rocket Racing League, cofounder of the International Space University, cofounder of Planetary Resources, cofounder of Celularity, founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, vice chairman and cofounder of Human Longevity, Inc.

  99. Alfred P. Sloan

    Alfred P. Sloan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1875-1966 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr. was an American business executive in the automotive industry. He was a long-time president, chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation. Sloan, first as a senior executive and later as the head of the organization, helped GM grow from the 1920s through the 1950s, decades when concepts such as the annual model change, brand architecture, industrial engineering, automotive design (styling), and planned obsolescence transformed the industry, and when the industry changed lifestyles and the built environment in America and throughout the world.

  100. John W. Campbell

    John W. Campbell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1910-1971 (aged 61)
    Occupations
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    Biography

    John Wood Campbell Jr. was an American science fiction writer and editor. He was editor of Astounding Science Fiction (later called Analog Science Fiction and Fact) from late 1937 until his death and was part of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Campbell wrote super-science space opera under his own name and stories under his primary pseudonym, Don A. Stuart. Campbell also used the pen names Karl Van Kampen and Arthur McCann. His novella Who Goes There? was adapted as the films The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (1982), and The Thing (2011).