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List of famous alumni from University of the Witwatersrand, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of the Witwatersrand include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of the Witwatersrand alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of the Witwatersrand are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of the Witwatersrand.

The list you're viewing is made up of different graduates like Nelson Mandela and Nadine Gordimer.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of the Witwatersrand?” and “Which celebrities are University of the Witwatersrand alumni?”

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Nelson Mandela Statesman, Politician, Peace activist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first ...more

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Patrick Soon-Shiong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Patrick Soon-Shiong Businessperson, Surgeon Patrick Soon-Shiong is a South African-born American surgeon, medical researcher, businessman, philanthropist, and professor at University of California at Los Angeles. He is currently chairman ...more

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Eduardo Mondlane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Eduardo Mondlane Politician Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane served as the founding President of FRELIMO Mozambican Liberation Front from 1962, the year that FRELIMO was founded in Tanzania, until his assassination in 1969. He ...more

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Ruth First is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Ruth First Politician Ruth First was a South African anti-apartheid activist and scholar born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was killed by a parcel bomb addressed specifically to her in Mozambique, where she ...more

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Lewis Wolpert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Lewis Wolpert Professor, Scientist, Author Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS FRSL FMedSci is South African-born British developmental biologist, author, and broadcaster.

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Johnny Clegg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Johnny Clegg Musician, Singer Jonathan "Johnny" Clegg is a British-born musician and anthropologist from South Africa, who has recorded and performed with his bands Juluka and Savuka, and more recently as a solo ...more

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Maria Ramos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Maria Ramos Businessperson Maria Ramos, is a Portuguese-South African businesswoman and one time public administrator.

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Meyer Feldberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Meyer Feldberg Businessperson, Educator Meyer Feldberg has been Senior Advisor of Morgan Stanley since March 21, 2005. Professor Feldberg is widely acknowledged to be one of the most highly regarded counselors to leaders in business ...more

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Janet Suzman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Janet Suzman Television director, Theatre Director, Actor Dame Janet Suzman, DBE is a South African/British actress who enjoyed a successful early career in the Royal Shakespeare Company, later replaying many Shakespearean roles, among others, on TV. ...more

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Chick Henderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Chick Henderson Journalist, Footballer, Sports commentator John Hamilton "Chick" Henderson was a South African rugby union footballer and commentator. A native of Johannesburg, Henderson was educated at Michaelhouse, the University of the ...more

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Seymour Papert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Seymour Papert Mathematician, Professor, Computer scientist Seymour Aubrey Papert is an MIT mathematician, computer scientist, and educator. He is one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence, as well as an inventor of the Logo programming language.

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Sydney Brenner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Sydney Brenner Scientist Sydney Brenner, CH FRS FMedSci is a South African biologist and a 2002 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate, shared with H. Robert Horvitz and John Sulston. Brenner made significant ...more

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Winfried Bischoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Winfried Bischoff Businessperson, Banker Sir Winfried Franz Wilhelm "Win" Bischoff is an Anglo-German banker and former chairman of Lloyds Banking Group. He previously served as chairman and interim CEO of Citigroup in 2007. ...more

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Peter Sarnak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Peter Sarnak Mathematician, Professor Peter Clive Sarnak is a South African-born American mathematician. He has been Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University since 2002, succeeding Andrew Wiles, and is an ...more

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Politician, Social Worker Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a South African activist and politician who has held several government positions and headed the African National Congress Women's League. She is a member of the ...more

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Aaron Klug is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Aaron Klug Physicist, Chemist, Scientist Sir Aaron Klug, OM, FRS is a Lithuanian-born British chemist and biophysicist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and his ...more

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Jani Allan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Jani Allan Commentator, Journalist, Presenter Jani Allan is a South African columnist. She became well known as a columnist for the centrist newspaper, the Sunday Times where she worked between 1980 and 1989 publishing columns such as Just ...more

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Nadine Gordimer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Nadine Gordimer Novelist, Author, Writer Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was recognized as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing ...more

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Tingye Li is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Tingye Li Physicist, Scientist, Engineer Dr. Tingye Li was a Chinese-American scientist in the fields of microwaves, lasers and optical communications. His innovative work at AT&T pioneered the research and application of lightwave ...more

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Teresa Heinz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Teresa Heinz Businessperson, Philanthropist Teresa Heinz Kerry, also known as Teresa Heinz, née Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira, is a Mozambican–born American businesswoman and philanthropist of Portuguese descent. ...more

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Harry Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Harry Schwarz Statesman, Politician, Diplomat Harry Heinz Schwarz was a South African lawyer, statesman and long-time political opposition leader against apartheid in South Africa, who eventually served as the South African ambassador to ...more

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David King is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
David King Chemist Sir David Anthony King, FRS HonFREng is an Emeritus Professor in Physical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Chancellor of the University of ...more

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Selig Percy Amoils is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Selig Percy Amoils Ophthalmologist Selig Percy Amoils, FRCS, born 1933, is a South African ophthalmologist and biomedical engineering inventor. In 1965, Amoils refined the cryoextraction method of cataract surgery by developing a ...more

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Phillip V. Tobias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Phillip V. Tobias Paleoanthropologist Phillip Vallentine Tobias FRS was a South African palaeoanthropologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He was best known for his work at South ...more

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Helen Suzman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Helen Suzman Politician Helen Suzman, DBE was a liberal South African anti-apartheid activist and politician.

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William Kentridge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
William Kentridge Artist William Kentridge is a South African artist best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it ...more

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Helen Zille is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Helen Zille Politician, Journalist Otta Helene "Helen" Zille is the Premier of the Western Cape, a member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance political ...more

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Malcolm McCulloch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Malcolm McCulloch

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Joe Slovo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Joe Slovo Politician Joe Slovo (May 23, 1926 – January 6, 1995) was a South African politician, long-time leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP), and leading member of the African National Congress. ...more

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Roy Hart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Roy Hart Actor, Singer Roy Hart was an actor from South Africa at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He was a pupil of Alfred Wolfsohn's for many years and then furthered the work on voice after Wolfsohn's ...more

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Gavin Hood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Gavin Hood Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Gavin Hood is a South African filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and actor, best known for writing and directing Tsotsi, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also ...more

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Oliver Tambo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Oliver Tambo Politician Oliver Reginald Tambo was a South African anti-apartheid politician and a central figure in the African National Congress.

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Kevin Volans is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Kevin Volans Composer Kevin Volans is a composer associated with the post-minimalist movement in contemporary composition, and a key figure in the Cologne School.

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Denise Scott Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Denise Scott Brown Architect Denise Scott Brown is an American architect, planner, writer, educator, and principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia. Denise Scott Brown and her husband and ...more

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Thabo Makgoba is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Thabo Makgoba Thabo Cecil Makgoba is the South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. He had served in the past as Bishop of Grahamstown. In 2008 he was awarded the Cross of St Augustine, the second ...more

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Max Gluckman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Max Gluckman Scientist Max Gluckman was a South African and British social anthropologist. He is best known as the founder of the Manchester School of anthropology.

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Steven Hofmeyr is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Steven Hofmeyr Steven Hofmeyr received a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1999 from the University of New Mexico (UNM), focusing on immunological approaches to computer security. During his studies, he spent a ...more

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Aziz Pahad is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Aziz Pahad Politician Aziz Pahad is a South African politician, who served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999-2008, he currently serves as an MP for Johannseburg West Highlands. He is the brother of ...more

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Lee Rogers Berger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Lee Rogers Berger Professor Lee Rogers Berger is a paleoanthropologist, physical anthropologist and archeologist and is best known for his discovery of Australopithecus sediba, the excavation of Rising Star Cave, his work ...more

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Richard Goldstone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Richard Goldstone Judge, Jurist Richard Joseph Goldstone is a South African former judge. After working for 17 years as a commercial lawyer, he was appointed by the South African government to serve on the Transvaal Supreme ...more

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Rory Byrne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Rory Byrne Designer Rory Byrne is a South African semi-retired engineer and car designer, most famous for being the chief designer at the Benetton and Scuderia Ferrari Formula One teams. Byrne-designed cars have ...more

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Ian T. Lowitt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Ian T. Lowitt Ian T. Lowitt is chief financial officer (CFO) and co-chief administrative officer (co-CAO) of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Mr. Lowitt was named CFO in June 2008 and has been co-CAO since ...more

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Ashley Callie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Ashley Callie Actor Ashley Callie was a South African actress, best known for her role as Leone Haines in Isidingo. She died on 15 February 2008, as a result of head injuries from a head-on car collision in ...more

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Harry Bloom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Harry Bloom Journalist, Novelist, Political Activist Harry Saul Bloom was a South African journalist, novelist, and lecturer.

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Danie G. Krige is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Danie G. Krige Geologist, Engineer Danie Gerhardus Krige was a South African Mining Engineer who pioneered the field of geostatistics and was professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Republic of South Africa. The ...more

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Dan Roodt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Dan Roodt Writer Daniel Francois Roodt is a South African activist, literary critic and writer.

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Ivan Glasenberg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Ivan Glasenberg Trader, Businessperson Ivan Glasenberg, is the chief executive officer of Glencore, one of the world's largest commodity trading and mining companies. Glasenberg is described as a South African-Australian-Israeli ...more

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Lionel Bryer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Lionel Bryer Lionel Bryer was a South African-British youth arts promoter. He was co-founder of the International Festival of Youth Orchestras and the European Union Youth Orchestra.

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Saul Teukolsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Saul Teukolsky Physicist Saul A. Teukolsky is a theoretical astrophysicist and a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Cornell University. His major research interests include general relativity, relativistic ...more

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Dennis Brutus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
Dennis Brutus Poet, Professor Dennis Vincent Brutus was a South African activist, educator, journalist and poet best known for his campaign to have apartheid South Africa banned from the Olympic Games.