100 Notable alumni of
Rice University

Rice University is 245th in the world, 107th in North America, and 102nd in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Rice University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff. 5 individuals affiliated with Rice University won Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, and Economics.

  1. Howard Hughes

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    Howard Hughes
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    Years
    1905-1976 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    film producerfilm directorengineeraircraft pilotbusiness magnate
    Biography

    Howard Robard Hughes Jr. was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most influential and financially successful individuals in the world. He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an important figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by his worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain from a near-fatal plane crash, and increasing deafness.

  2. William James Sidis

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    William James Sidis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1898-1944 (aged 46)
    Occupations
    mathematiciananthropologisthistorianlinguistinventor
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    William James Sidis was an American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical and linguistic skills. He is notable for his 1920 book The Animate and the Inanimate, in which he speculates about the origin of life in the context of thermodynamics.

  3. George P. Bush

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    George P. Bush
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    military officerlawyerbusinesspersonpoliticianteacher
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    George Prescott Bush is an American politician and attorney who currently serves as the commissioner of the Texas General Land Office.

  4. Joyce Carol Oates

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    Joyce Carol Oates
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
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    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    playwrightpoetnovelistessayistautobiographer
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    Joyce Carol Oates is an American writer. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published 58 novels, a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000) and short story collections The Wheel of Love (1970) and Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories (2014) were each finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award, for her novel them (1969), two O. Henry Awards, the National Humanities Medal, and the Jerusalem Prize (2019).

  5. Josh Earnest

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    Josh Earnest
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    journalistpress secretary
    Biography

    Joshua Ryan Henry Earnest is an American political advisor who served as the 29th White House press secretary under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. He succeeded Jay Carney as Obama's press secretary, in 2014, and was succeeded by President Donald Trump's first presidential press secretary, Sean Spicer. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for United Airlines.

  6. Peggy Whitson

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    Peggy Whitson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    In 1985 graduated with doctorate in biochemistry
    Occupations
    astronautbiochemist
    Biography

    Peggy Annette Whitson is an American biochemistry researcher, retired NASA astronaut, and former NASA Chief Astronaut. Her first space mission was in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 5. Her second mission launched October 10, 2007, as the first female commander of the ISS with Expedition 16. She was on her third long-duration space flight and was the commander of the International Space Station for Expedition 51, before handing over command to Fyodor Yurchikhin on June 1, 2017.

  7. Anthony Rendon

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    Anthony Rendon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1990-.. (age 31)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Anthony Michael Rendon is an American baseball third baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played for the Washington Nationals and was a member of the Nationals' 2019 World Series champion team over his hometown Houston Astros.

  8. Candace Bushnell

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    Candace Bushnell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    writeressayistjournalistnovelistcolumnist
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    Candace Bushnell is an American author, journalist, and television producer. She wrote a column for The New York Observer (1994–96) that was adapted into the bestselling Sex and the City anthology. The book was the basis for the HBO hit series Sex and the City (1998–2004) and two subsequent movies.

  9. Lola Astanova

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    Lola Astanova
    Born in
    Uzbekistan Flag Uzbekistan
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    pianistrecord producercomposer
    Biography

    Lola Astanova is a Russian-American pianist noted for her visual performance, and piano transcriptions.

  10. Ali Yıldırım Koç

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    Ali Yıldırım Koç
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Yıldırım Ali Koç is a Turkish businessman. He is a third-generation member of Turkey's wealthiest Koç family and the youngest son of Rahmi Koç. On 3 June 2018, he became the 37th president of Fenerbahçe Sports Club.

  11. Ben Rhodes

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    Ben Rhodes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    speechwriterpolitical adviserwriter
    Biography

    Benjamin J. Rhodes is an American writer, political commentator and former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting under President Barack Obama. With Jake Sullivan, he is the co-chair of National Security Action, a political NGO. He contributes to NBC News and MSNBC regularly as a political commentator. He is also a Crooked Media contributor, and co-host of the foreign policy podcast Pod Save the World.

  12. Jim Bridenstine

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    Jim Bridenstine
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    In 1998 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianmilitary officerconsultant
    Biography

    James Frederick Bridenstine is an American politician who served as the 13th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Bridenstine was the United States Representative for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district, based in Tulsa from January 3, 2013, to April 23, 2018. He is a member of the Republican Party. Bridenstine currently works in the private sector and holds positions at Voyager Space Holdings, Viasat, and Acorn Growth Companies.

  13. Alberto Gonzales

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    Alberto Gonzales
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    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Alberto R. Gonzales is an American lawyer who served as the 80th United States Attorney General, appointed in February 2005 by President George W. Bush, becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic American in executive government to date. He was the first Hispanic to serve as White House Counsel. Earlier he had been Bush's General Counsel during his governorship of Texas. Gonzales had also served as Secretary of State of Texas and then as a Texas Supreme Court Justice.

  14. Luke Willson

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    Luke Willson
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    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1990-.. (age 31)
    Occupations
    baseball playerAmerican football player
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    Luke Michael Willson is a Canadian professional American football tight end who is a free agent. He has played for the Seattle Seahawks, the Detroit Lions, the Oakland Raiders, and the Baltimore Ravens.

  15. John Doerr

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    John Doerr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    computer scientistbusinessperson
    Biography

    L. John Doerr is an American investor and venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins in Menlo Park, California. In February 2009, Doerr was appointed a member of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board to provide the President and his administration with advice and counsel in trying to fix America's economic downturn. In 2017, related to Forbes, he was recognized the 40th Richest In Tech. As of July 2017, Forbes ranked Doerr as the 105th richest person in the United States and the 303rd richest person in the world, with a net worth of US$ 12.7 billion as of March 3, 2021. Doerr is the author of Measure What Matters, a book about goal-setting. For 2019, his net worth increased up to $7.7 billion, being the 215th in the Billionaires 2019 list and the 56th in The Midas List: Top Tech Investors 2019.

  16. Jiankui He

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    Jiankui He
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1984-.. (age 37)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    2009-2010 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in biophysics
    Occupations
    biologistbiomedical engineerphysicistgeneticist
    Biography

    He Jiankui is a Chinese biophysics researcher who was an associate professor in the Department of Biology of the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China. Earning his Ph.D. from Rice University in Texas on protein evolution, including that of CRISPR, He learned gene-editing techniques (CRISPR/Cas9) as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University in California.

  17. L. Patrick Gray

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    L. Patrick Gray
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1916-2005 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    Louis Patrick Gray III was Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from May 2, 1972 to April 27, 1973. During this time, the FBI was in charge of the initial investigation into the burglaries that sparked the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to the resignation of President Nixon. Gray was nominated as permanent Director by Nixon on February 15, 1973, but failed to win Senate confirmation. He resigned as Acting FBI director on April 27, 1973, after he admitted to destroying documents that had come from convicted Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt's safe—documents received on June 28, 1972, 11 days after the Watergate burglary, and given to Gray by White House counsel John Dean.

  18. Brock Holt

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    Brock Holt
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    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1988-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    baseball player
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    Brock Wyatt Holt, nicknamed The Brock Star, is an American professional utility player for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and Washington Nationals.

  19. Lance Berkman

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    Lance Berkman
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    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Lance William Berkman, nicknamed "Big Puma", is an American baseball coach and former professional baseball outfielder and first baseman, who is the current head baseball coach of the Houston Baptist Huskies. He played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. Berkman is a six-time MLB All-Star and won a World Series championship and the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award with the Cardinals in 2011. He stands 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m), and weighs 220 pounds (100 kg). Berkman spent various seasons of his career as a regular at all three outfield positions.

  20. Chris Boswell

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    Chris Boswell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1991-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Christopher Boswell is an American football kicker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Houston Texans in 2014 as an undrafted free agent and has also spent time with the New York Giants. He played college football at Rice.

  21. Andrew Sendejo

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    Andrew Sendejo
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Andrew Victor Sendejo is an American football free safety who is a free agent. He played college football for the Rice Owls, and was signed by the Sacramento Mountain Lions of The United Football League as a free agent in 2010. Andrew has also been a member of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Cleveland Browns.

  22. David Eagleman

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    David Eagleman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    neuroscientistpsychologistauthoruniversity teacher
    Biography

    David Eagleman is an American neuroscientist, author, and science communicator. He teaches neuroscience at Stanford University and is CEO and co-founder of Neosensory, a company that develops devices for sensory substitution. He also directs the non-profit Center for Science and Law, which seeks to align the legal system with modern neuroscience and is Chief Science Officer and co-founder of BrainCheck, a digital cognitive health platform used in medical practices and health systems. He is known for his work on brain plasticity, time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw.

  23. Annise Parker

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    Annise Parker
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Annise Danette Parker is an American politician who served as the 61st Mayor of Houston, Texas, from 2010 until 2016. She also served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council from 1998 to 2003 and city controller from 2004 to 2010.

  24. Robert Wilson

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    Robert Wilson
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1936-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    astronomerphysicist
    Biography

    Robert Woodrow Wilson is an American astronomer who, along with Arno Allan Penzias, discovered cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) in 1964. The pair won the 1978 Nobel prize in physics for their discovery.

  25. Joe Wong

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    Joe Wong
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    engineer
    Biography

    Dr. Joe Wong is a Chinese American biochemist and comedian.

  26. Vance McDonald

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    Vance McDonald
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1990-.. (age 31)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Vance Coman McDonald is a former American football tight end who played for eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and spent four seasons with the team. McDonald also played four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Rice.

  27. Dean Ornish

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    Dean Ornish
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    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    physiciannutritionist
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    Dean Michael Ornish is an American physician and researcher. He is the president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Eat More, Weigh Less and The Spectrum, he is a well-known advocate for using diet and lifestyle changes to treat and prevent heart disease.

  28. Shannon Walker

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    Shannon Walker
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    astronautphysicistastrophysicist
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    Shannon Walker is an American physicist and a NASA astronaut selected in 2004. She launched on her first mission into space on June 25, 2010 onboard Soyuz TMA-19 and spent over 163 days in space.

  29. Gus Sorola

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    Gus Sorola
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    actorvoice actororganizerscreenwriter
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    Gustavo Raul "Gus" Sorola III is an American actor and podcast host. He is best known for his work with Rooster Teeth.

  30. Stephen Hahn

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    Stephen Hahn
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    oncologist
    Biography

    Stephen Michael Hahn is an American physician who served as the Commissioner of Food and Drugs from 2019 to 2021. Before becoming Commissioner, he was an oncologist serving as Chief Medical Executive of the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

  31. Steve Jackson

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    Steve Jackson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    publishergame designerwriterrole-playing game designerbusinessperson
    Biography

    Steve Jackson is an American game designer. His notable creations include the role-playing game GURPS and the card game Munchkin.

  32. James Craig

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    James Craig
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1912-1985 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    James Craig was an American actor. He is best known for appearances in films like Kitty Foyle and The Devil and Daniel Webster, and his stint as a leading man at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1940s where he appeared in films like The Human Comedy.

  33. Larry Izzo

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    Larry Izzo
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Lawrence Alexander Izzo is a former American football linebacker and current coach who is the special teams coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 1996. He played college football at Rice. A three-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro selection, Izzo has also played for the New England Patriots. He won three Super Bowls during his time with the Patriots and one as an assistant special teams coordinator for the New York Giants.

  34. Philip Humber

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    Philip Humber
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Philip Gregory Humber is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He pitched for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and Houston Astros in seven seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Although he debuted in the major leagues in 2006 and had worked mostly as a starter in the minor leagues, he did not become a regular MLB starter until 2011.

  35. Tommy Kramer

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    Tommy Kramer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Thomas Francis Kramer is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) from 1977 to 1990. He played college football at Rice University and was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round (27th overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft after being named MVP of the 1977 Senior Bowl. He was inducted with the 2012 class into the College Football Hall of Fame.

  36. Elizabeth Moon

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    Elizabeth Moon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    military officernovelistwriterscience fiction writer
    Biography

    Elizabeth Moon is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. Her other writing includes newspaper columns and opinion pieces. Her novel The Speed of Dark won the 2003 Nebula Award. Prior to her writing career, she served in the United States Marine Corps.

  37. Arsalan Kazemi

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    Arsalan Kazemi
    Born in
    Iran Flag Iran
    Years
    1990-.. (age 31)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Arsalan Kazemi Naeini is an Iranian professional basketball player for Chemidor Qom of the Iranian Basketball Super League. He played college basketball for the Oregon Ducks and the Rice Owls basketball teams. He was the 54th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards, becoming the first Iranian to be drafted into the league. His rights were later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

  38. Takao Doi

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    Takao Doi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    astronautengineer
    Biography

    Takao Doi is a Japanese astronaut, engineer and veteran of two NASA Space Shuttle missions.

  39. Warren Robinett

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    Warren Robinett
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    programmerengineercomputer scientist
    Biography

    Joseph Warren Robinett Jr. is a designer of interactive computer graphics software, notable as the developer of the Atari 2600's Adventure — the first graphical adventure video game — and as a founder of The Learning Company, where he designed Rocky's Boots and Robot Odyssey. More recently he has worked on virtual reality projects.

  40. Pete Olson

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    Pete Olson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    In 1985 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianmilitary officerlawyer
    Biography

    Peter Graham Olson is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 2009 to 2021. His district included much of southern Houston, as well as most of the city's southwestern suburbs such as Katy, Pearland, and Sugar Land. He is a member of the Republican Party. On July 25, 2019, Olson announced that he would retire at the end of his term. He was succeeded by fellow Republican Troy Nehls.

  41. John D. Olivas

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    John D. Olivas
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    In 1996 graduated with master's degree in mechanical engineering
    Occupations
    astronautengineer
    Biography

    John Daniel "Danny" Olivas is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. Olivas has flown on two space shuttle missions, STS-117 and STS-128. He performed EVAs on both missions, totaling 34hrs 28min.

  42. Dylan Ennis

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    Dylan Ennis
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1991-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Dylan Jonathan Ennis is a Canadian-Jamaican professional basketball player for Basket Zaragoza of the Spanish Liga ACB. He played college basketball for Rice, Villanova, and Oregon. He also holds Canadian and Serbian citizenship.

  43. Lynn Harrell

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    Lynn Harrell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-2020 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    musiciancellistmusic pedagogueuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Lynn Harrell was an American classical cellist. Known for the "penetrating richness" of his sound, Harrell performed internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with major orchestras over a career spanning nearly six decades. He was the winner of the inaugural Avery Fisher Prize and two Grammy Awards, among other accolades, and taught at the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Juilliard School, USC Thornton School of Music, and the Shepherd School of Music.

  44. Sam McGuffie

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    Sam McGuffie
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1989-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    American football playerbobsledder
    Biography

    Samuel Terrence McGuffie is an American bobsledder for the United States men's national team, a former American football running back and wide receiver and a former rugby union player. In American football, he most recently was a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Previously in the National Football League, he had spent time with the Oakland Raiders in training camp in 2013, and then was briefly a practice squad player for the Arizona Cardinals and later the New England Patriots. He played his freshman season of college football at Michigan before transferring to Rice to play his final three seasons in his native state of Texas.

  45. Frank Ryan

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    Frank Ryan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1936-.. (age 85)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    Graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    mathematicianAmerican football player
    Biography

    Frank Beall Ryan is a retired American football quarterback in the National Football League who played for the Los Angeles Rams (1958–1961), Cleveland Browns (1962–1968) and Washington Redskins (1969–1970). He led the Browns to their most recent National Football League title in 1964. Ryan was also a mathematician, serving as a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University from 1967 to 1974.

  46. Robert Curl

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    Robert Curl
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-.. (age 88)
    Occupations
    chemistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Robert Floyd Curl Jr. is a University Professor Emeritus, Pitzer–Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus, and Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Rice University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of the nanomaterial buckminsterfullerene, along with Richard Smalley (also of Rice University) and Harold Kroto of the University of Sussex.

  47. Jim Whitehurst

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    Jim Whitehurst
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    business executive
    Biography

    James Moon Whitehurst is an American business executive. He was the President at IBM and chair of the board at Red Hat, and previously Chief Executive Officer at Red Hat and Chief Operating Officer at Delta Air Lines. Prior to working at Delta in 2001, he served as Vice President and Director of the Boston Consulting Group and held various management roles at its Chicago, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Atlanta offices.

  48. Jeffrey A. Hoffman

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    Jeffrey A. Hoffman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    astronautacademic
    Biography

    Jeffrey Alan Hoffman is an American former NASA astronaut and currently a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT.

  49. Harold Sonny White

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    Harold Sonny White
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    In 2008 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    engineerphysicist
    Biography

    Harold G. "Sonny" White is a mechanical engineer, aerospace engineer, and applied physicist who is the Advanced Propulsion Team Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate and is known for proposing new Alcubierre drive concepts and promoting advanced propulsion projects, under development at the NASA Johnson Space Center, including the first practical experiment to test the existence of Alcubierre drive effects.

  50. John Kline

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    John Kline
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    In 1969 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianmilitary officer
    Biography

    John Paul Kline Jr. is an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district from 2003 to 2017. The district includes most of the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, including Apple Valley, Inver Grove Heights, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Northfield, Shakopee, Prior Lake, and New Prague. A member of the Republican Party, Kline served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Kline retired from Congress at the end of his term in January 2017.

  51. Dennis Sullivan

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    Dennis Sullivan
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    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    mathematiciantopologistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Dennis Parnell Sullivan is an American mathematician. He is known for work in topology, both algebraic and geometric, and on dynamical systems. He holds the Albert Einstein Chair at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and is a professor at Stony Brook University.

  52. David Aardsma

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    David Aardsma
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    David Allan Aardsma is an American former professional baseball pitcher, currently serving in the Toronto Blue Jays front office as a coordinator of player development. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Atlanta Braves.

  53. Gwynne Dyer

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    Gwynne Dyer
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    journalistscreenwriter
    Biography

    Gwynne Dyer, OC is a London-based independent Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist and military historian.

  54. Tobin Rote

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    Tobin Rote
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-2000 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    American football playerCanadian football player
    Biography

    Tobin Cornelius Rote was an American football player who played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL), the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos of the American Football League (AFL).

  55. Tony Cingrani

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    Tony Cingrani
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1989-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Anthony Michael Cingrani is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to playing professionally, he played for his high school baseball team at Lincoln-Way Central High School and for the college baseball teams at South Suburban College and Rice University.

  56. Phillip Gaines

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    Phillip Gaines
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    1991-.. (age 30)
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    Phillip Gaines is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rice.

  57. Jeff Abbott

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    1963-.. (age 58)
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    writernovelist
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    Jeff Abbott is a U.S. suspense novelist. He has degrees in History and English from Rice University. He lives in Austin, Texas. Before writing full-time, he was a creative director at an advertising agency. His early novels were traditional detective fiction, but in recent years he has turned to writing thriller fiction. A theme of his work is the idea of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary danger and fighting to return to their normal lives. His novels are published in several countries and have also been bestsellers in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Germany, France and Portugal.

  58. Janice E. Voss

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    1956-2012 (aged 56)
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    Janice Elaine Voss was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. Voss received her B.S. in engineering science from Purdue University, her M.S. in electrical engineering from MIT, and her PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. She flew in space five times, jointly holding the record for American women. Voss died in Arizona on February 6, 2012 from breast cancer.

  59. José Cruz, Jr

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    1974-.. (age 47)
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    baseball player
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    José Luis Cruz Jr., is a Puerto Rican former Major League Baseball outfielder who is currently the head coach for the Rice Owls. Over his 12-year playing career, Cruz played for nine different teams, most notably with the Toronto Blue Jays. Standing 6'0" tall and weighing 210 pounds, Cruz was a right-handed switch hitter. He is the son of former major league outfielder and Houston Astros first base coach José Cruz, and the nephew of former big leaguers Héctor and Tommy Cruz.

  60. Jim Turley

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    James S. Turley is an American business executive. He was chairman and chief executive officer of Ernst & Young from 2001 to 2013. He currently serves as the National President of the Boy Scouts of America.

  61. Jade Simmons

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    1978-.. (age 43)
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    Jade Simmons is an American classical concert pianist who was an independent presidential candidate in 2020.

  62. Bruce Mau

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    1959-.. (age 62)
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    designergraphic designerscenographer
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    Bruce Mau is a Canadian designer, innovator, and educator. He began his career a graphic designer and has since applied his design methodology to architecture, art, museums, film, eco-environmental design, education, and conceptual philosophy. Mau is the Chief Executive Officer of Massive Change Network, a Chicago-based design consultancy he co-founded with his wife, Bisi Williams. In 2015, he became the Chief Design Officer at Freeman, a global provider of brand experiences. Mau is also a professor and has taught at multiple institutions in the United States and Canada.

  63. James Allred

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    1899-1959 (aged 60)
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    lawyerjudgepolitician
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    James Burr V Allred was the 33rd Governor of Texas. He later served, twice, as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

  64. James Casey

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    1984-.. (age 37)
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    baseball playerAmerican football player
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    James Byron Casey is a former American football tight end and fullback who is the tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rice University and played baseball and football at Azle High School.

  65. Norm Charlton

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    1963-.. (age 58)
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    baseball player
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    Norman Wood Charlton III, nicknamed "The Sheriff", is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

  66. Hector Ruiz

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    1945-.. (age 76)
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    engineerbusinessperson
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    Hector de Jesus Ruiz Cardenas is the chairman and CEO of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc. and former CEO & executive chairman of semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD).

  67. Tim League

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    Tim League is an American entrepreneur and film producer based in Austin, Texas. He is the founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain and the founder of the film distribution company Drafthouse Films, where League has produced films including The ABCs of Death. He is also the co-founder of genre film festival Fantastic Fest, the entertainment merchandise entity Mondo, and the film distribution and production company Neon.

  68. Larycia Hawkins

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    1972-.. (age 49)
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    sociologistpolitical scientistwriter
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    Larycia Alaine Hawkins is an American scholar, author, and speaker, who in 2013, became the first female African-American tenured professor at Wheaton College, a Christian Protestant liberal arts college. There she served as an associate professor of political science. She now teaches and researches at the University of Virginia, where she is jointly appointed as Assistant Professor in the departments of Politics and Religious Studies.

  69. Maurice Ewing

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    1906-1974 (aged 68)
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    seismologistuniversity teachergeologistoceanographer
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    William Maurice "Doc" Ewing was an American geophysicist and oceanographer.

  70. Tamara E. Jernigan

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    1959-.. (age 62)
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    astronautengineer
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    Tamara Elizabeth "Tammy" Jernigan is an American astrophysicist and former NASA astronaut. During her career she completed five Space Shuttle program missions (three on Columbia and one each on Endeavour and Discovery), logging over 1512 hours in space. Jernigan left NASA in 2001 and currently serves as Deputy Principal Associate Director in the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) organization at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

  71. R. Bowen Loftin

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    1949-.. (age 72)
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    physicist
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    Richard Bowen Loftin, better known as R. Bowen Loftin, is an American academic and the former chancellor of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He came to Missouri in 2013 after serving as the 24th President of Texas A&M University.

  72. Morris Almond

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    1985-.. (age 36)
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    basketball player
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    Morris Almond is an American former professional basketball player. Almond is the founder of Almond Athletics. His last professional appearance would be for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League (D-League).

  73. Edward N. Zalta

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    1952-.. (age 69)
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    research fellowphilosopher
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    Edward Nouri Zalta is an American philosopher who is a senior research scholar at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. He received his BA at Rice University in 1975 and his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1981, both in philosophy. Zalta has taught courses at Stanford University, Rice University, the University of Salzburg, and the University of Auckland. Zalta is also the Principal Editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

  74. Don Lincoln

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    1964-.. (age 57)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    In 1994 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
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    physicistYouTuber
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    Don Lincoln is an American physicist, author, host of the YouTube channel Fermilab, and science communicator. He conducts research in particle physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and is an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame. He received a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from Rice University in 1994. In 1995, he was a co-discoverer of the top quark. He has co-authored hundreds of research papers, and more recently, was a member of the team that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012.

  75. Merritt Ruhlen

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    1944-.. (age 77)
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    anthropologistlinguistuniversity teacher
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    Merritt Ruhlen was an American linguist who worked on the classification of languages and what this reveals about the origin and evolution of modern humans. Amongst other linguists, Ruhlen's work was recognized as standing outside the mainstream of comparative-historical linguistics. He was the principal advocate and defender of Joseph Greenberg's approach to language classification.

  76. Jay Bailey

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    1944-2001 (aged 57)
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    engineer
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    James Edward Bailey, generally known as Jay Bailey, was an American pioneer of biochemical engineering, particularly metabolic engineering. He was said to be "the most influential biochemical engineer of modern times". In a special issue of a journal dedicated to his work, the editor said "Jay was one of biochemical engineering’s most creative thinkers and spirited advocates, a true innovator who played an enormous role in establishing biochemical engineering as the dynamic discipline it is today". His numerous contributions in biotechnology and metabolic engineering have led to multiple awards including the First Merck Award in Metabolic Engineering.

  77. Albert Thomas

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    1898-1966 (aged 68)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    Studied in 1920
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    politicianlawyer
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    Albert Richard Thomas was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Houston, Texas, for 29 years and was responsible for bringing the Johnson Space Center to Houston.

  78. Mike Wilks

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    1979-.. (age 42)
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    basketball player
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    Michael Sharod Wilks, Jr. is an American coach and former professional basketball player who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

  79. William Pettus Hobby, Jr

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    1932-.. (age 89)
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    military officer
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    William Pettus Hobby Jr. is an American Democratic politician who served a record eighteen years as the 37th Lieutenant Governor of Texas. He held that office from January 16, 1973 to January 15, 1991 for an unprecedented five terms; he was the last lieutenant governor to serve a two-year term and the first elected to a four-year term when the Texas Constitution was amended to lengthen terms for statewide elected officeholders to four years beginning with the 1974 elections. The principal duty of the Texas lieutenant governor is to preside over the Texas State Senate.

  80. Paul Janish

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    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    baseball player
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    Paul Ryan Janish is an American college baseball coach and former professional baseball shortstop. He is an assistant coach with the Rice Owls baseball team. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, and Baltimore Orioles.

  81. Mary Shaw

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    1943-.. (age 78)
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    computer scientistengineer
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    Mary Shaw is an American software engineer, and the Alan J. Perlis Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for her work in the field of software architecture.

  82. John G. Cramer

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    1934-.. (age 87)
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    physicistnovelistnuclear physicistscience fiction writertheoretical physicist
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    John Gleason Cramer, Jr. is a Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, known for his development of the Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. He has been an active participant with the STAR (Solenoidal Tracker At RHIC) Experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the particle accelerator at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

  83. James H. Newman

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    1956-.. (age 65)
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    astronautphysicist
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    James Hansen Newman, Ph.D. is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut who flew on four Space Shuttle missions.

  84. Jeff Niemann

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    1983-.. (age 38)
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    baseball player
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    Jeffrey Warren Niemann is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008 to 2012.

  85. George Mackey

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    1916-2006 (aged 90)
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    mathematiciantopologist
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    George Whitelaw Mackey was an American mathematician known for his contributions to quantum logic, representation theory, and noncommutative geometry.

  86. Fred Hansen

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    1940-.. (age 81)
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    pole vaulterathletics competitor
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    Frederick Morgan "Fred" Hansen is an American former athlete who competed mainly in the pole vault.

  87. Jarett Dillard

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    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    American football player
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    Jarett Juma Porter Dillard is an American lawyer and former American football wide receiver of the National Football League. Dillard achieved success as a college football player for Rice, while earning his bachelor's degree in political science. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Following his NFL career, Dillard embarked on a successful legal career. He attended the South Texas College of Law, attaining his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree. Dillard practices law in the State of Texas.

  88. Charles Duncan, Jr

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    1926-.. (age 95)
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    engineerbusinessperson
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    Charles William Duncan Jr. is an American entrepreneur, administrator, and politician best known for serving as U.S. Secretary of Energy in the Cabinet of President Jimmy Carter from 1979 to 1981. He had previously served as Carter's United States Deputy Secretary of Defense during the Iranian Revolution. Earlier, Duncan had run the family business, Duncan Coffee Company of Houston, Texas, for seven years, until the Coca-Cola Company acquired it in 1964. After seven years on the Coke board, Duncan became the corporation's president.

  89. Leslie H. Southwick

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    1950-.. (age 71)
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    lawyerjudge
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    Leslie H. Southwick is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and a former judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

  90. Suleiman Braimoh

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    1989-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    basketball player
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    Suleiman Okhaifoede Braimoh Jr. is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League. He played college basketball for Rice University before playing professionally in the NBA Development League, Qatar, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Germany, Russia, France and Israel.

  91. John S. Bull

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    1934-2008 (aged 74)
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    military officertest pilotastronaut
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    John Sumter Bull, was an American naval officer and aviator, fighter pilot, test pilot, mechanical and aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut.

  92. William Reynolds Archer

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    1928-.. (age 93)
    Enrolled in Rice University
    Studied in 1945-1946
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    politiciandirectorbusinesspersonlawyer
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    William Reynolds Archer Jr. is a retired American lawyer and politician. Archer served two terms, from 1967 to 1971, in the Texas House of Representatives – changing from the Democratic to the Republican party in 1969 – and later represented Texas in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican for 30 years, from 1971 until 2001, serving for his last six years as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

  93. Eric Kuhne

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    1951-2016 (aged 65)
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    architect
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    Eric Robert Kuhne was an American-born British architect based in London. With major projects around the world, Kuhne's assignments included the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent completed in 1999, the largest shopping mall in Europe, and the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction in Northern Ireland which opened to the public in 2012.

  94. Matthew Sands

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    1919-2014 (aged 95)
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    physicist
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    Matthew Linzee Sands was an American physicist and educator best known as a co-author of the Feynman Lectures on Physics. A graduate of Rice University, Sands served with the Naval Ordnance Laboratory and the Manhattan Project's Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II.

  95. George Piranian

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    1914-2009 (aged 95)
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    mathematician
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    George Piranian, was a Swiss-American mathematician of Swiss and Armenian descent. Piranian was internationally known for his research in complex analysis, his association with Paul Erdős, and his editing of the Michigan Mathematical Journal.

  96. Kevin Harvey

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    Kevin Harvey is a founding member of and general partner at Benchmark, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He was ranked No. 27 on the 2011 Forbes Midas List and was No. 59 in 2012.

  97. James E. Gunn

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    1938-.. (age 83)
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    astronomerastrophysicistuniversity teacher
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    James Edward Gunn is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy at Princeton University. Gunn's early theoretical work in astronomy has helped establish the current understanding of how galaxies form, and the properties of the space between galaxies. He also suggested important observational tests to confirm the presence of dark matter in galaxies, and predicted the existence of a Gunn–Peterson trough in the spectra of distant quasars.

  98. William G. Pollard

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    1911-1989 (aged 78)
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    scientistphysicist
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    William Grosvenor Pollard was an American physicist and an Episcopal priest. He started his career as a professor of physics in 1936 at the University of Tennessee. In 1946 he championed the organization of the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (ORINS). He was its executive director until 1974. He was ordained as a priest in 1954. He authored and co-authored a significant amount of material in the areas of Christianity and Science and Religion found in books, book chapters, and journal articles. He was sometimes referred to as the "atomic deacon".

  99. John Graves

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    1920-2013 (aged 93)
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    writer
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    John Alexander Graves III was an American writer known for his book Goodbye to a River.

  100. Thomas W. Malone

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    1952-.. (age 69)
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    business theorist
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    Thomas W. Malone is an American organizational theorist, management consultant, and the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.