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Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to University of the Witwatersrand and be of some renown.

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?”
  • Nelson Mandela1

    Nelson Mandela

    Statesman, Politician

    AgeDec. at 95 (1918-2013)

    BirthplaceMvezo, South Africa

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (; Xhosa: [xolíɬaɬa mandɛ̂ːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2

    Patrick Soon-Shiong

    Businessperson, Surgeon


    BirthplacePort Elizabeth, South Africa

    Patrick Soon-Shiong (Chinese: 黃馨祥; pinyin: Huáng Xīnxiáng, Mandarin pronunciation: [xu̯ɑ̌ŋ ɕín... more on Wikipedia
  • Eduardo Mondlane3

    AgeDec. at 49 (1920-1969)

    BirthplaceManjacaze, Mozambique

    Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane (20 June 1920 – 3 February 1969) served as the founding President of... more on Wikipedia
  • Ruth First4

    Ruth First


    AgeDec. at 57 (1925-1982)

    BirthplaceAfrica, South Africa

    Ruth First (4 May 1925 – 17 August 1982) was a South African anti-apartheid activist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Lewis Wolpert5

    Lewis Wolpert

    Professor, Scientist


    BirthplaceSouth Africa

    Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS FRSL FMedSci (born 19 October 1929) is a South African-born British... more on Wikipedia
  • Johnny Clegg6

    Johnny Clegg

    Musician, Singer


    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Jonathan Paul Clegg, OBE, OIS (7 June 1953 – 16 July 2019) was a South African musician and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7

    Maria Ramos



    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    Maria Ramos (born 1959) is the former chief executive officer (CEO) of Absa Group Limited, a... more on Wikipedia
  • Meyer Feldberg8

    Meyer Feldberg

    Businessperson, Educator


    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Meyer Feldberg has been Senior Advisor of Morgan Stanley since March 21, 2005. Professor... more on Wikipedia
  • Janet Suzman9

    Janet Suzman

    Television director, Theatre Director


    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Dame Janet Suzman, (born 9 February 1939) is a South African/British actress who enjoyed a... more on Wikipedia
  • 10

    Chick Henderson

    Journalist, Footballer

    AgeDec. at 76 (1930-2006)

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    John Hamilton "Chick" Henderson was a South African rugby union footballer and commentator. A... more on Wikipedia
  • Seymour Papert11

    Seymour Papert

    Mathematician, Professor


    BirthplacePretoria, South Africa

    Seymour Aubrey Papert (; February 29, 1928 – July 31, 2016) was a South African-born American... more on Wikipedia
  • Sydney Brenner12


    BirthplaceGermiston, South Africa

    Sydney Brenner (13 January 1927 – 5 April 2019) was a South African biologist. In 2002, he... more on Wikipedia
  • Winfried Bischoff13

    Winfried Bischoff

    Businessperson, Banker


    BirthplaceAachen, Germany

    Sir Winfried Franz Wilhelm "Win" Bischoff (born 10 May 1941) is an Anglo-German banker and... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Sarnak14

    Peter Sarnak

    Mathematician, Professor


    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Peter Clive Sarnak (born 18 December 1953) is a South African-born mathematician with dual... more on Wikipedia
  • Winnie Madikizela-Mandela15

    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

    Politician, Social Worker


    BirthplaceBizana, Eastern Cape

    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela; 26 September 1936 – 2... more on Wikipedia
  • 16

    Aaron Klug

    Physicist, Chemist



    Sir Aaron Klug (11 August 1926 – 20 November 2018) was a Lithuanian-born, South... more on Wikipedia
  • Jani Allan17

    Jani Allan

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Jani Allan (born 11 September 1952) is a South African journalist, columnist, writer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Nadine Gordimer18

    Nadine Gordimer

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 91 (1923-2014)

    BirthplaceSprings, South Africa

    Nadine Gordimer (20 November 1923 – 13 July 2014) was a South African writer, political... more on Wikipedia
  • Tingye Li19

    Tingye Li

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 81 (1931-2012)

    BirthplaceNanjing, China

    Tingye Li (simplified Chinese: 厉鼎毅; traditional Chinese: 厲鼎毅; pinyin: Lì Dǐngyì; July 7, 1931... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Teresa Heinz

    Businessperson, Philanthropist


    BirthplaceMaputo, Mozambique

    Teresa Heinz (born Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira; October 5, 1938), also known as... more on Wikipedia
  • Harry Schwarz21

    Harry Schwarz

    Statesman, Politician

    AgeDec. at 86 (1924-2010)

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

    Harry Heinz Schwarz (13 May 1924 – 5 February 2010) was a South African lawyer, statesman and... more on Wikipedia
  • David King22

    David King



    BirthplaceSouth Africa

    Sir David Anthony King, FRS HonFREng (born 12 August 1939) is an Emeritus Professor in... more on Wikipedia
  • Selig Percy Amoils23

    Selig Percy Amoils



    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Selig Percy Amoils, FRCS, born 1933, is a South African ophthalmologist and biomedical... more on Wikipedia
  • Phillip V. Tobias24

    Phillip V. Tobias


    AgeDec. at 87 (1925-2012)

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    Phillip Vallentine Tobias FRS (14 October 1925 – 7 June 2012) was a South African... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Helen Suzman


    AgeDec. at 92 (1917-2009)

    BirthplaceGermiston, Africa, South Africa

    Helen Suzman, DBE (7 November 1917 – 1 January 2009) was a South African anti-apartheid... more on Wikipedia