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List Rules People 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?”
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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
Musician, Singer
Jonathan "Johnny" Clegg (June 7, 1953 – July 16, 2019) was a British-born musician and anthropologist from South Africa, who recorded and performed with his bands Juluka and Savuka, ...more
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Maria Ramos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Politician
Helen Suzman, DBE was a liberal South African anti-apartheid activist and politician.