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Famous University Of Utah Alumni

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

List of famous alumni from University of Utah, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Utah include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Utah alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Utah 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 Utah.

List features Karl Rove, Alex Smith and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Utah?” and “Which celebrities are University of Utah alumni?”
  • 1
    Commentator, Businessperson


    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is an American Republican political consultant and policy advisor. He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush...  more

    #2560 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#10 of 11 Celebrities Who've Dared To Say Not-Nice Things About Tom Hanks#6 of 26 26 Famous People Who Were on the Debate Team

  • 2

    AgeDec. at 42 (1946-1989)

    BirthplaceBurlington, Vermont, United States of America

    Theodore Robert Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell; November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer and necrophile who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and...  more

    Hypnosis Played A Key Role In Ted Bundy's Conviction And Overturned Appeals#16 of 130 Famous American Serial Killers#13 of 15 The Most Elaborate Final Meals In Death Row History

  • 3
    Researcher, Inventor


    BirthplaceMidland, Michigan

    Robert Koffler Jarvik, M.D. (born May 11, 1946) is an American scientist, researcher and entrepreneur known for his role in developing the Jarvik-7 artificial heart....  more
  • 4
    Inventor, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 81 (1888-1970)

    BirthplaceSpruce Mountain

    Ralph Vinton Lyon Hartley (November 30, 1888 – May 1, 1970) was an electronics researcher. He invented the Hartley oscillator and the Hartley transform, and contributed to the foundations of...  more
  • 5
    Inventor, Electrical engineer


    BirthplaceBaker, Nevada

    Calvin Forrest Quate (December 7, 1923 – July 6, 2019) was one of the inventors of the atomic force microscope. He was a professor emeritus of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford...  more
  • 6
    Chemist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 88 (1919-2008)

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah

    Howard Tracy Hall (October 20, 1919 – July 25, 2008) was an American physical chemist and the first person who grew a synthetic diamond by a reproducible, verifiable, and witnessed process, using a...  more
  • 7
    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 74 (1912-1986)


    Wilbert Lee "Bill" Gore (January 25, 1912 – July 26, 1986) was an American businessman and entrepreneur who co-founded W. L. Gore and Associates with his wife, Genevieve (Vieve). Trained as a...  more
  • 8
    Editor, Publisher

    AgeDec. at 32 (1902-1934)

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    Wallace Henry Thurman (August 16, 1902 - December 22, 1934) was an American novelist active during the Harlem Renaissance. He also wrote essays, worked as an editor, and was a publisher of...  more
  • 9
    Pilot, Politician


    BirthplaceRichfield, Utah, USA

    Edwin Jacob "Jake" Garn (born October 12, 1932) is an American astronaut, politician, and member of the Republican Party, who served as a U.S. Senator representing Utah from 1974 to 1993. Garn became...  more
  • 10
    Politician, Educator


    Roberta Achtenberg (born July 20, 1950) is an American politician. She served as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She was previously Assistant Secretary of the U.S....  more
  • 11
    Professor, Manager

    AgeDec. at 79 (1932-2012)

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His...  more
  • 12
    Entrepreneur, Computer scientist


    BirthplacePlainview, Texas

    James Henry Clark (born March 23, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape...  more
  • 13
    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    John Willard "Bill" Marriott Jr. (born March 25, 1932) is an American businessman who is the Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International. ...  more
  • 14
    American football player


    BirthplaceCarlsbad, California

    Stevonne Latrall Smith Sr. (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver who played 16 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Carolina Panthers. He played...  more

    #15 of 95 The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time#111 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#148 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 15
    Physicist, Engineer

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    Simon "Si" Ramo (May 7, 1913 – June 27, 2016) was an American engineer, businessman, and author. He led development of microwave and missile technology and is sometimes known as the father of the...  more
  • 16
    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceRedwood City, California, USA

    Jon Meade Huntsman Jr. (born March 26, 1960) is an American businessman, diplomat, politician, and the current Ambassador of the United States to Russia, serving from October 2017 to October 3, 2019....  more
  • 17


    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, USA

    Matthew W. Davis (born May 8, 1978) is an American actor who is known for his roles as Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde, Adam Hillman on the ABC comedy-drama What About Brian from 2006 to 2007...  more

    #3 of 43 Celebrities Who Got Married In 2018#36 of 44 Celebrity Babies Who Were Born In 2020

  • 18
    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceClearfield, Utah, United States of America

    Nolan Kay Bushnell (born February 5, 1943) is an American businessman and electrical engineer. He established Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre chain. Bushnell has been...  more
  • 19

    AgeDec. at 79 (1862-1941)

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, USA

    Reed Smoot (January 10, 1862 – February 9, 1941) was a businessman and apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) when he was elected by the Utah state legislature to the...  more
  • 20
    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    William Scott Mitchell (born January 2, 1968) is a former professional American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for 12 seasons. He played for the Miami Dolphins,...  more

    #117 of 137 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time#73 of 97 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '90s#96 of 104 The Best Cincinnati Bengals of All Time

  • 21
    Lance Collin Allred (born February 2, 1981) is the first legally-deaf player in NBA history, international inspirational speaker, author and TEDx star of "What is Your Polygamy?" He is a Mexican...  more
  • 22


    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Craig Richard Nelson (born September 17, 1947) is an American theater, film and television actor....  more
  • 23
    Allan Turner Howe (September 6, 1927 – December 14, 2000) was a U.S. Representative from Utah. Born in South Cottonwood near Murray, Utah, Howe attended public schools before receiving a B.S. from...  more
  • 24
    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 86 (1926-2013)

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    Robert Earl Holding (November 29, 1926 – April 19, 2013) was an American businessman who owned Sinclair Oil Corporation, the Grand America Hotels & Resorts, the Grand America Hotel, the Westgate...  more
  • 25
    Programmer, Musician


    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    Alan Curtis Kay (born May 17, 1940) is an American computer scientist. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of Utah and be of some renown.