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Famous University Of The Witwatersrand Alumni

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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?”
  • Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (; Xhosa: [xolíɬaɬa mandɛ̂ːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as ...more
  • Patrick Soon-Shiong (Chinese: 黃馨祥; pinyin: Huáng Xīnxiáng, Mandarin pronunciation: [xu̯ɑ̌ŋ ɕín ɕi̯ɑ̌ŋ]; born July 29, 1952) is an American surgeon, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is chair of ...more
  • Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane (20 June 1920 – 3 February 1969) served as the founding President of the Mozambican Liberation Front (FRELIMO) from 1962, the year that FRELIMO was founded in Tanzania, ...more
  • Ruth First (4 May 1925 – 17 August 1982) 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 ...more
  • Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS FRSL FMedSci (born 19 October 1929) is a South African-born British developmental biologist, author, and broadcaster. Wolpert is recognized for his work on the intracellular ...more
  • Jonathan Paul Clegg, OBE, OIS (7 June 1953 – 16 July 2019) was a South African musician and anthropologist. His band Juluka began as a duo with Sipho Mchunu, and was the first group in the South ...more
  • Maria Ramos (born 1959) is the former chief executive officer (CEO) of Absa Group Limited, a financial services conglomerate, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, and subsidiaries in ...more
  • 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 and ...more
  • Dame Janet Suzman, (born 9 February 1939) is a South African/British actress who enjoyed a successful early career in the Royal Shakespeare Company, later replaying many Shakespearean roles, among ...more
  • 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 Witwatersrand and ...more
  • Seymour Aubrey Papert (; February 29, 1928 – July 31, 2016) was a South African-born American mathematician, computer scientist, and educator, who spent most of his career teaching and researching at ...more
  • Sydney Brenner (13 January 1927 – 5 April 2019) was a South African biologist. In 2002, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with H. Robert Horvitz and Sir John E. Sulston. Brenner ...more
  • Sir Winfried Franz Wilhelm "Win" Bischoff (born 10 May 1941) is an Anglo-German banker and former chairman of Lloyds Banking Group. He previously served as chairman and interim CEO of Citigroup in ...more
  • Peter Clive Sarnak (born 18 December 1953) is a South African-born mathematician with dual South-African and American nationalities. Sarnak has been a member of the permanent faculty of the School ...more
  • Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela; 26 September 1936 – 2 April 2018), also known as Winnie Mandela, was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, and ...more
  • Sir Aaron Klug (11 August 1926 – 20 November 2018) was a Lithuanian-born, South African-educated, British biophysicist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of ...more
  • Jani Allan (born 11 September 1952) is a South African journalist, columnist, writer and broadcaster. She is one of the country's best-known and most widely-read columnists. In 1980 Allan became a ...more
  • Nadine Gordimer (20 November 1923 – 13 July 2014) 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 ...more
  • Tingye Li (simplified Chinese: 厉鼎毅; traditional Chinese: 厲鼎毅; pinyin: Lì Dǐngyì; July 7, 1931 – December 27, 2012) was a Chinese-American scientist in the fields of microwaves, lasers and optical ...more
  • Teresa Heinz (born Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira; October 5, 1938), also known as Teresa Heinz Kerry, is a Portuguese-American businesswoman and philanthropist. Heinz is the widow of former ...more
  • Harry Heinz Schwarz (13 May 1924 – 5 February 2010) was a South African lawyer, statesman and long-time political opposition leader against apartheid in South Africa, who eventually served as the ...more
  • Sir David Anthony King, FRS HonFREng (born 12 August 1939) is an Emeritus Professor in physical chemistry at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Chancellor of the ...more
  • 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
  • Phillip Vallentine Tobias FRS (14 October 1925 – 7 June 2012) was a South African palaeoanthropologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He was best known ...more
  • Helen Suzman, DBE (7 November 1917 – 1 January 2009) was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician. She represented a succession of liberal and centre-left opposition parties during her ...more