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Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Wisconsin-Madison and be of some renown.

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Dick Cheney and Russell Wilson.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Wisconsin-Madison?” and “Which celebrities are University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni?”
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Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Author

Age: 78

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Richard Bruce Cheney (; born January 30, 1941) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 46th vice president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He has been cited as the ...more

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Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Pilot, Inventor, Author

Age: Dec. at 72 (1902-1974)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974) was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, and environmental activist, and a spokesperson for the ...more

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John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin

John Bardeen (; May 23, 1908 – January 30, 1991) was an American physicist and electrical engineer. He is the only person to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with ...more
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John Muir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Environmentalist, Inventor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 76 (1838-1914)

Birthplace: Dunbar, United Kingdom

John Muir (; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) also known as "John of the Mountains" and "Father of the National Parks", was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, ...more
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Daniel J. Travanti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Actor

Age: 78

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

Daniel J. Travanti (born March 7, 1940) is an American actor. He is best known for playing police captain Frank Furillo in the television drama series Hill Street Blues (1981–1987), for which he ...more

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Marcy Kaptur is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Politician, Urban planner

Age: 72

Birthplace: Area codes 419 and 567, Ohio, Area code 419, United States of America, United States, + more

Marcia Carolyn Kaptur (; born June 17, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district and a Democrat. The district stretches from Kaptur's hometown of Toledo to ...more
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George Poage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

Age: Dec. at 82 (1880-1962)

Birthplace: Hannibal, Missouri

George Coleman Poage (November 6, 1880 – April 11, 1962) was the first African-American athlete to win a medal in the Olympic Games, winning two bronze medals at the 1904 games in St. Louis.
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Carol Bartz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 70

Birthplace: Winona, Minnesota

Carol Ann Bartz (born August 28, 1948) is an American business executive, former president and CEO of the internet services company Yahoo!, and former chairman, president, and CEO at ...more
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Ernest Emerson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor

Age: 63

Birthplace: Wisconsin

Ernest R. Emerson is an American custom knifemaker, martial artist, and edged-weapons expert. Originally an engineer and machinist in the aerospace industry, Emerson became a knifemaker by ...more
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John P. Morgridge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 85

Birthplace: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

John P. Morgridge (born 1933) is an American businessman who was the CEO and chairman of the board of Cisco Systems.
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Willard Harrison Bennett... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Physicist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 84 (1903-1987)

Birthplace: Findlay, Ohio

Willard Harrison Bennett (June 13, 1903 – September 28, 1987) was an American scientist and inventor, born in Findlay, Ohio. Bennett conducted research into plasma physics, astrophysics, ...more
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Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Michael A. Bennett (born August 13, 1978) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 27th overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. ...more
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Virginia Apgar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Scientist, Physician

Age: Dec. at 65 (1909-1974)

Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey

Virginia Apgar (June 7, 1909 – August 7, 1974) was an American obstetrical anesthesiologist, best known as the inventor of the Apgar Score, a way to quickly assess the health of a newborn child ...more

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Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Editor, Poet, Literary critic

Age: 80

Birthplace: Lockport, New York

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Robert Peters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Poet, Memoirist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

Birthplace: Eagle River, Wisconsin

Robert Louis Peters (October 20, 1924 – June 13, 2014) was an American poet, critic, scholar, playwright, editor, and actor born in an impoverished rural area of northern Wisconsin in 1924. He ...more

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Lynne Cheney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Casper, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America

Lynne Ann Cheney (; née Vincent; born August 14, 1941) is an American author, scholar, and former talk-show host. She is the wife of the 46th vice president of the United States, Dick ...more
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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Astronaut, Actor, Writer

Age: 90

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

James Arthur Lovell Jr. (; born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut, Naval Aviator, mechanical engineer, and retired Navy captain. In 1968, as command module pilot of Apollo 8, he became ...more

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Steven Levitan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Television director, Businessperson, Television producer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Steven E. Levitan (born April 6, 1962) is an American director, screenwriter, and producer of television comedies. He has created such TV series as Just Shoot Me!, Stark Raving Mad, Stacked, ...more
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Frank Lloyd Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Educator, Interior designer, Designer

Age: Dec. at 92 (1867-1959)

Birthplace: Richland Center, Wisconsin

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing ...more

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Saul Bellow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Novelist, Author, Essayist

Age: Dec. at 90 (1915-2005)

Birthplace: Lachine, Canada

Saul Bellow (born Solomon Bellows; 10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was a Canadian-American writer. For his literary work, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and ...more
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Lorraine Hansberry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Activist, Theatre Director, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 35 (1930-1965)

Birthplace: Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States, + more

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an African-American playwright and writer.Hansberry was the first black female author to have a play performed on Broadway. Her ...more
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Edward Witten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor

Age: 67

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

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Laurel Clark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Flight surgeon, Astronaut, Physician

Age: Dec. at 42 (1961-2003)

Birthplace: Ames, Iowa

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Don Ameche is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Radio personality, Actor, TV Personality

Age: Dec. at 85 (1908-1993)

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

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Tammy Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (born February 11, 1962) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, she served ...more