Prominent Harvard Alumni

As of December 2016

Harrison Schmitt PhD ’64, U.S. Astronaut, NASA

John Adams ’69, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
Leonard Bernstein ’39, Composer; Conductor
Ray Hornblower ’70, Highly acclaimed tenor; Member of Harvard’s undefeated 1968 football team
Lincoln Kirstein ’30, Founder, New York City Ballet
Yo Yo Ma ’76, World-renowned cellist
Frederick Law Olmstead 1894, Landscape architect; Designed Boston park system and New York’s Central Park
Diane Paulus '88, Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (ART) at Harvard University
Joshua Redman ’91, Award-winning jazz artist
Peter Sellars ’80, Theater director
Daniel Troob ’70, Academy Award-winning orchestrator for Disney

Steve Ballmer ’77, former chief executive officer, Microsoft; Former Harvard Football manager
Lloyd Blankfein ’75 LAW ’78, CEO, Goldman Sachs
Kennett Burnes ’65, Chairman and CEO, Cabot Corporation; Former Harvard hockey player
Peter Bynoe ’72 MBA ’76, First minority owner of NBA team (Denver Nuggets); Member of Harvard Board of Overseers
Frank V. Cahouet ’54, President, Mellon Bank
Doug Carlston ’70 LAW ’75, Founder, Broderbund Software
Philip Falcone ’84, Chief investment officer, Harbinger Capital Partners; Former Harvard hockey player; Minority owner, NHL’s Minnesota Wild
Melvin J. Gordon ’41, CEO, Tootsie Roll Industries
Donald E. Graham ’66, Chairman and CEO, Washington Post
Trip Hawkins ’76, Founder, Electronic Arts
James R. Houghton ’58 MBA ’62, Chairman Emeritus, Corning, Inc.; Member of Harvard Corporation,
Walter Isaacson ’74, President and CEO, Aspen Institute
Edward Crosby Johnson ’54, Chairman, Fidelity

Management and Research Corp.
Jim Koch ’71 JD ’78 MBA ’78, Founder, Boston Beer Company
Julian J. Leavitt ’49, CEO, Sweet Life Foods
Minoru B. Makihara ’54 AMP ’77, Chairman, Mitsubishi International Corporation
Raymond J. McGuire ’79, Managing director, Merrill Lynch
Scott McNealy ’76, Co-founder and CEO, Sun Microsystems
Sumner Redstone ’43 LAW ’47, Chairman and CEO, Viacom
Ron Sargent ’77, CEO, Staples
Tom Stemberg ’71 MBA ’73, Chairman Emeritus, Staples; Co-chair of Friends of Harvard Basketball

Education and Humanities
Jill ker Conway PhD ’69, Former president, Smith College; Trustee of Hampshire College, New England Medical Center and Northfield Mt. Hermon School
W.E.B. DuBois 1890 AM 1891 PhD 1895, Writer and teacher; Founder of NAACP
Arne Duncan '87, Secretary of Education, Former CEO of Chicago Public Schools; Former Harvard basketball captain
James O. Freedman ’57 LAW ’57-’58, Former president, Dartmouth College
Mark Gearan ’78, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Doris Kearns Goodwin, PhD '68, Pulitzer Prize winning historian; Former FAS faculty member
Hanna H. Gray PhD ’57, Former president, University of Chicago; Member of Harvard Board of Overseers
Amy Guttmann '71, PhD '76, President University of Pennsylvania
Helen Keller 1904, Author; Crusader for the disabled
Anthony Lewis '48, NF '57, Pulitzer prize winning author and NYT columnist
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. ’38, Author, historian
B.F. Skinner ’30 PhD ’31, Influential leader in behavioral psychology
Clifton Wharton ’47 LLD ’92, Former president, Michigan State University

Darren Aronofsky ’91, Director, π, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain
Jim Bell '89, Executive producer, NBC's "Today" and 2012 London Olympics; Former Harvard football player
Paris Barclay ’79, Emmy Award-winning director, NYPD Blue, Cold Case
Andy Borowitz ’80 & Susan Borowitz ’81, Creators of television’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air; Writers for Facts of Life and Family Ties
Stockard Channing ’65, Tony Award-winning actress
Susanne Daniels ’87, President, Entertainment, Lifetime Entertainment Services
Matt Damon ’92, Actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter
Rob Cohen ’71, Director, The Fast and the Furious, XXX
Rivers Cuomo ’99-06, Musician, Weezer
Lindsay Crouse ’70, Actress, House of Games, Places in the Heart
Fred Gwynne ’51, Actor, The Munsters, My Cousin Vinny
Jerry Harrison ’71, Music producer; Musician, Talking Heads
Rashida Jones '97, Actress, The Office, Parks & Recreation, The Social Network
Tommy Lee Jones ’69, Academy Award-winning actor; All-America football player; Member of Harvard’s undefeated 1968 team
Jack Lemmon ’47, Academy Award-winning actor
Ryan Leslie '98, Singer, songwriter, producer
John Lithgow ’67, Actor, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Ricochet; Member of Harvard Board of Overseers
Donal Logue ’89, Actor, Ghost Rider, The Zodiac
David Madden ’76, Producer, Interscope Communication; former vice-president for production, Paramount Pictures
Tom Morello ’86, Musician, Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine
Conan O’Brien ’85, Former host, Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
Natalie Portman ’03, Actress, Star Wars prequels, Garden State
Bonnie Raitt ’72, Grammy Award-winning singer
Elisabeth Shue ’86-2000, Academy Award-nominated actress, Leaving Las Vegas, The Karate Kid
Mira Sorvino ’89, Academy Award-winning actress, Mighty Aphrodite
Courtney Vance '82, Actor, Law & order: Criminal Intent, Dangerous Minds
Tom Werner ’71, Co-founder, Carsey-Werner Productions; Co-owner, Boston Red Sox
Winifred White-Neisser ’74, Senior Vice President, Movies and Miniseries, Sony Pictures Television
Edward Zwick ’74, Director, Glory, The Last Samurai

John Adams 1755, Second President of the United States
John Quincy Adams 1787, Sixth President of the United States
Ben Bernanke '75, Chairman of Federal Reserve Board
Phil Bredesen ’67, Governor of Tennessee
Benazir Bhutto ’73, First female Prime Minister of Pakistan
Jeff Bingaman ’65, U.S. Senator from New Mexico
George W. Bush MBA ’75, Forty-third President of the United States
Michael Chertoff ’75 LAW ’78, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Hamilton Fish 1910, Longtime U.S. Representative from New York; Two-time football All-America
Al Franken ’73, U.S. Senator from Minnesota, humorist and author
Al Gore ’69, Former Vice President of the United States
John Hancock 1754, President of Continental Congress; First person to sign the Declaration of Independence
Mufi Hannemann ’76, Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii; Former Harvard basketball player
His Highness the Aga Khan ’58, Muslim spiritual leader; Former Harvard soccer player
Oliver Wendell Holmes 1861, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
Tim Kaine LLB'83,  Governor of Virginia
Anthony Kennedy, LLB '61, Justice of the Supreme Court
Edward M. Kennedy ’56, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts; Harvard football letterman
John F. Kennedy ’40, Thirty-fifth President of the United States
Robert F. Kennedy ’47, U.S. Senator and Attorney General; Harvard football letterman
Henry Kissinger ’50 AM ’52 PhD ’54, Former secretary of state; Nobel Peace Prize recipient
Barack Obama LAW ’91, President of the United States of America
Masako Owada ’85, Crown Princess of Japan
Deval Patrick ’78 LAW ’82, Governor of Massachusetts
Henry "Hank" Paulson, MBA'70, Secretary of the Treasury
Endicott “Chubb” Peabody II ’42, Former Governor of Massachusetts; All-America lineman
William Rehnquist AM ’49, Former Chief Justice of the United States
Janet Reno LLB ’63, Former U.S. Attorney General
John Roberts ’76, Chief Justice of the United States
John D. Rockefeller ’58, U.S. Senator from West Virginia
Franklin D. Roosevelt ’04, Thirty-second President of the United States
Theodore Roosevelt 1880, Twenty-sixth President of the United States
Antonin Scalia, LLB '60, Justice of the Supreme Court
Charles Schumer ’71 LAW ’74, U.S. Senator from New York
Benjamin A. Smith II '39, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts; Harvard football letterman
David Souter ’61 LAW ’66, Supreme Court Justice
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace '75, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas; four-year men's track & field letterwinner
David Vitter ’83, U.S. Senator from Louisiana

John Ashbery ’49, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
Peter Benchley ’61, Author, Jaws
William S. Burroughs ’36, Novelist, essayist, social critic; Author, Naked Lunch
Michael Crichton ’64 MD ’69, Author, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun; Creator of television series ER
e.e. cummings ’16, Poet, writer
T.S. Eliot ’10, Poet; Nobel Prize for Literature
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1821, Essayist and poet
David Halberstam ’55, Journalist and author, The Powers That Be, The Summer of ’49, The Fifties, The Teammates
Norman Mailer ’43, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
George Plimpton ’48, Noted author and commentator
Henry David Thoreau 1837, Writer, philosopher, naturalist
John Updike ’54 Litt.D. ’92, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Elizabeth Wurtzel ’89, Author, Prozac Nation

Kurt Andersen ’76
, Editor and writer, New York magazine; Former editor-in-chief, Spy magazine
Michael Barone ’66
, Senior writer, U.S. News & World Report
Jim Bell ’89
, Executive Producer, Today, NBC; Former Harvard football player
Soma Golden Behr ’61
, Assistant Managing Editor, The New York Times
James Brown ’73
, Sports Broadcaster, CBS Television; Three-year Harvard basketball letterman
Jim Cramer ’77 LAW ’84
, Host of CNBC’s Mad Money
Lou Dobbs ’67
, Anchor and television host, CNN
Linda Greenhouse ’68
, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times who covers the Supreme Court
Catherine Herridge '87, Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel, women's squash letterwinner
Dave Ignatius ’72, Managing editor, International Herald Tribune
William Kristol ’73, Editor and publisher, The Weekly Standard
Seamus Malin ’62, National soccer commentator; Former Harvard soccer player; Former director, Harvard International Office
Soledad O’Brien ’88, Anchor, CNN’s American Morning
Linda McVeigh Mathews ’67 JD ’72, Former national editor, The New York Times; First female managing editor of The Harvard Crimson
Frank Rich ’71, Editorial columnist, The New York Times
Evan Thomas '73, Editor at Large Newsweek; Author, historian, reporter; Visiting professor at Harvard
Chris Wallace ’69, Journalist, host, Fox News Sunday
Jeff Zucker ’86, Executive producer, NBC News

Science, Medicine and Health
Robert Coles ’50
, Physician/psychiatrist; Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Leda Cosmides ’79 Ph.D. ’85
, Pioneer in evolutionary psychology
Walter Gilbert ’53
, Winner, 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; Co-founder of Biogen
Roger Kornberg ’67
, Winner, 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Philip Leder ’56 MD ’60
, Winner, 1989 National Medal of Science
James Nelson ’61 MD ’65
, Professor of radiology and director of the Diagnostic Imaging Sciences Center at the University of Washington Medical School
Neil deGrasse Tyson ’80
, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator.
Andrew Weil ’63 MD ’68
, World-renowned physician and advocate of alternative medicine remedies
Kenneth Wilson ’56
, Winner, 1982 Nobel Prize in Physics
Stephanie Wilson '88, NASA astronaut

From Sports Illustrated 2012 - "Sports Figures Who Attended Harvard"
Craig Adams ’99
, Former NHL Player, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes; Won Stanley Cup in 2006 and 2009
Andre Akpan'09
, Major League Soccer player for Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution
Tenley Albright ’53-55 MD ’61
, 1956 Olympic Gold medalist, figure skating
Norm Bellingham ’93
, 1988 Olympic Gold medalist, canoe-kayak
Matt Birk ’98
, Former NFL player for Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens; Six-time Pro Bowl selection; Two-time All Pro; 2011 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year; Super Bowl XXXV champion
James Blake
, Tennis player; ranked as high as No. 4 in the world. 10 career titles
Jennifer Botterill ’02-03, 2002 and 2006 Olympic gold medalist and 1998 silver medalist (Canada), ice hockey
Cameron Brate '14
, NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ben Braunecker '16
, NFL player for the Chicago Bears 
Jeff Bridich '00,
Colorado Rockies Senior Vice President/General Manager (named Oct. 8, 2014)
Brian Burke JD '81
, President of Hockey Operations, Calgary Flames; Former President/General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs
Charles "Chip" Burke '77
, Physician, 2002 U.S. Men's Olympic Team (silver medal), Pittsburgh Penguins
Desmond Bryant '09
, NFL player for Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders
Dick Button ’52 LLB ’55
, Two-time Olympic gold medalist, figure skating; Commentator, ABC Sports
Peter Chiarelli ’87
, President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Edmonton Oilers; Former General manager, Boston Bruins
Julie Chu ’06-07
, 2002 and 2010 silver medalist and 2006 bronze medalist, ice hockey
Bill Cleary ’56
, 1960 Olympic gold medalist, ice hockey; Former Harvard hockey coach and athletic director
Bob Cleary ’58
, 1960 gold medalist, ice hockey
Clifton Dawson ’07
, Former player for NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans
Caryn Davies ’05
, 2004 Olympic silver medalist, rowing
Dwight Davis 1900
, Founder, Davis Cup tennis tournament; United States Assistant Secretary of War
John Dockery ’66
, Former NFL player, New York Jets; Sports broadcaster
Ted Donato ’91,
1992 Olympian, ice hockey; 13-year NHL veteran; Current Harvard hockey coach
Nick Easton '15
, NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings
Anthony Fabiano '16
, NFL player for the Cleveland Browns
Allison Feaster-Strong ’98
, Professional basketball player, Indiana Fever
Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05
, NFL Player for St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and New York Jets
Don Fishman ’91
, Assistant General Manager, NHL’s Washington Capitals
Tim Fleiszer ’98
, Former Player for CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Eskimos, Ottawa Renegades, Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats; First overall selection in 1998 CFL Draft
Chuck Fletcher ’90
, General Manager, NHL’s Minnesota Wild
David Forst ’98
, General Manager, MLB’s Oakland Athletics
Michael Fucito '09
, Major League Soccer player for San Jose Earthquakes, Portland Timbers, Montreal Impact and Seattle Sounders
Michelle Guerette ’03
, 2008 Olympic silver medalist, rowing
Donald Guiney '78,
Baseball Commissioner of London Sports; President, Harvard Club of the United Kingdom
Gordon Gund ’61, Former Owner, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jamie Hagerman ’03
, 2006 Olympic bronze medalist, ice hockey
Frank Herrmann '06
, Former Minor League Baseball player, Philadelphia Phillies; Former Major League Baseball player, Cleveland Indians
Mike Hill '93
, President of Baseball Operations, Miami Marlins; Former Vice President and General Manager, Florida Marlins
Dan Jiggetts ’76
, Former NFL Player, Chicago Bears; Sports talk show host; Covered H-Y game for TV in 2008
Bobby Jones ’24
, Legendary amateur golfer
Kyle Juszczyk '13,
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens
Isaiah Kacyvenski ’00, Former player for NFL’s Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks 
Alex Killorn '12, Current NHL player, Tampa Bay Lightning
Bobby Leo '67, Former NFL Player with Boston Patriots
Jeremy Lin '09,
NBA player for Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets
Craig MacDonald ’99
, Former player for NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes
Mary McCagg ’89
, Board of directors, U.S. Olympic Committee
Pat McInally ’75
, Former NFL Player, Cincinnati Bengals
Peter McLoughlin ’79
, President, Seattle Seahawks; CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment
Bob McVey ’58
, 1960 Olympic gold medalist, ice hockey
A.J. Mleczko ’97-99
, 1998 Olympic gold medalist, ice hockey
Dominic Moore ’03
, Former NHL Player, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins
Angela Ruggiero ’02-04
, 1998 Olympic gold medalist, 2002 and 2010 silver medalist and 2006 bronze medalist, ice hockey, member, International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee
Larry Scott '86
, Commissioner, PAC-12 Conference; Former men's tennis captain
Tammy Shewchuk ’01, 2002 Olympic gold medalist (Canada), ice hockey
Matthew Silverman ’98
, President, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Ben Smith ’68
, Head coach, U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team
David Stearns ’07
, General Manager, Milwaukee Brewers
Don Sweeney ’88
, General Manager, Boston Bruins
Terdema Ussery M.ed '84
, Former CEO and President, Dallas Mavericks
Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09
, 2006 and 2010 gold medalist, ice hockey
Jimmy Vesey
’16, 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner, current NHL player, New York Rangers
Noah Welch ’05
, Former NHL player, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins
Sandra Whyte ’92, 1998 Olympic gold medalist, ice hockey
Paul Wylie ’91, 1992 Olympic silver medalist, figure skating