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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 Richard Bruce Cheney (born January 30, 1941) served as the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 in the administration of George W. Bush. Cheney was born in Lincoln, ...more

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Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Pilot, Inventor, Author Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air ...more

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Shay Knuth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Nude Glamour Model Shay Knuth was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for September 1969. Her centerfold was photographed by Dwight Hooker. At the time of the photo shoot, she was studying sociology at the ...more

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John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist John Bardeen was an American physicist and electrical engineer, the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William Shockley and Walter Brattain for the ...more

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John Muir is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Environmentalist, Inventor, Scientist John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, ...more

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Daniel J. Travanti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Actor Danielo Giovanni "Daniel J." Travanti is an American actor best known for his starring role as Captain Frank Furillo in the 1980s television drama Hill Street Blues.

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Marcy Kaptur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Politician, Urban planner Marcia Carolyn "Marcy" Kaptur is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, who has served since 1983. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, ...more

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George Poage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
George Coleman Poage 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) 9 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson Carol Ann Bartz is an American business executive, the former president and CEO of the internet services company Yahoo!, and former chairman, president, and CEO at architectural and engineering ...more

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Ernest Emerson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor 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) 11 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson John P. Morgridge is an American businessman who was the chairman of the board of Cisco Systems.

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Willard Harrison Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Physicist, Inventor Willard Harrison Bennett was an American scientist and inventor, born in Findlay, Ohio. Bennett conducted research into plasma physics, astrophysics, geophysics, surface physics, and physical ...more

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Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
American football player Michael A. Bennett 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. He played college ...more

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Virginia Apgar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Scientist, Physician Virginia Apgar was an American obstetrical anesthesiologist. She was a leader in the fields of anesthesiology and teratology, and introduced obstetrical considerations to the established field ...more

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Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Editor, Poet, Literary critic Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short ...more

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Robert Peters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Poet, Memoirist, Writer Robert Louis Peters is a 1966 Guggenheim Fellow in Humanities.

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Lynne Cheney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Lynne Ann Cheney is the wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and served as the Second Lady of the United States from 2001 to 2009. She is an author, scholar, and former talk-show

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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Astronaut, Actor, Writer James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr., is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a ...more

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Steven Levitan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Television director, Businessperson, Television producer Steven E. Levitan is an American director, screenwriter and producer of television comedies. He has created such TV series as Just Shoot Me!, Stark Raving Mad, Stacked, Back to You, and Modern

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Frank Lloyd Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Educator, Interior designer, Designer 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) 21 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Novelist, Author, Essayist Saul Bellow was a Canadian-born American writer. For his literary contributions, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the ...more

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Lorraine Hansberry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Activist, Theatre Director, Screenwriter Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an American playwright and writer. Hansberry inspired Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black". She was the first black woman to write a play ...more

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Edward Witten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor Edward Witten is an American theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Witten is a researcher in string theory, ...more

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Laurel Clark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Flight surgeon, Astronaut, Physician Laurel Blair Salton Clark was a medical doctor, United States Navy Captain, NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle mission specialist who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

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Don Ameche is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Radio personality, Actor, TV Personality Don Ameche was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, with a career spanning almost 60 years. After touring in vaudeville, he featured in many biographical films, including The Story of ...more

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Tammy Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd ...more

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an American author who lived in rural Florida and wrote novels with rural themes and settings. Her best known work, The Yearling, about a boy who adopts an orphaned ...more

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Mary Lasker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Activist, Art dealer Mary Woodard Lasker was an American health activist and philanthropist. She worked to raise funds for medical research, and founded the Lasker Foundation.

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Mark Pocan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson, Politician Mark Pocan is an American politician and businessman who has served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district, since 2013. The district ...more

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Mason Adams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Mason Adams was an American character actor and voice-over artist.

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Bell Hooks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Author, Writer, Philosopher Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name Bell Hooks, is an American author, feminist and social activist. Watkins derived the name "bell hooks" from that of her maternal ...more

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Alan MacDiarmid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Chemist, Scientist Alan Graham MacDiarmid, ONZ was a New Zealand-born American chemist, and one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2000.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Economist Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup ...more

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Joan Wallach Scott is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Historian, Professor Joan Wallach Scott, is an American historian of France with contributions in gender history and intellectual history. She is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the School of Social Science in the ...more

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David J. Lesar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Businessperson David John Lesar is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Halliburton Energy Services. Trained as a Certified Public Accountant, Lesar spent 16 years at Arthur Andersen. He had ...more

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Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Actor Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American actress of film, stage and television. The four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner is best known for her collaborations with her ...more

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Greta Van Susteren is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Journalist, Presenter, Lawyer Greta Van Susteren is an American commentator and television presenter on the Fox News Channel, where she hosts On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren. A former criminal defense and civil trial ...more

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John K. Fairbank is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Historian John King Fairbank, was a prominent American academic and historian of China.

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Michael Krasny is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Talk show host, Journalist, Writer Michael J. Krasny is an American radio broadcaster, who is currently the host and senior editor of KQED-FM radio's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program covering politics, ...more

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John Searle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Educator, Actor, Philosopher John Rogers Searle is an American philosopher and currently the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of ...more

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Bill Kazmaier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Wrestler, Strongman, Actor William Kazmaier is an American former world champion powerlifter, world champion strongman and professional wrestler. During the 1970s and 1980s, he set numerous powerlifting and strongman ...more

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Boz Scaggs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician William Royce "Boz" Scaggs is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and sometime lead singer with the Steve Miller Band, and in the ...more

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Ammon Hennacy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Ammon Ashford Hennacy was an Irish-American pacifist, Christian anarchist, social activist, member of the Catholic Worker Movement and a Wobbly. He established the "Joe Hill House of ...more

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Butch Vig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter Bryan David "Butch" Vig is an American musician and record producer, best known as the drummer and co-producer of the alternative rock band Garbage and the producer of diamond-selling ...more

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Ed Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Allan Edward "Ed" Thompson was an American businessman and politician. He served as Mayor of Tomah, Wisconsin for two non-consecutive terms, and was the Libertarian candidate for ...more

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William Bast is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter William Bast is an American screenwriter and author currently living in Los Angeles. In addition to writing scripts for motion pictures and television, he is the author of two biographies of the ...more

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Michael Aschbacher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Mathematician Michael George Aschbacher is an American mathematician best known for his work on finite groups. He was a leading figure in the completion of the classification of finite simple groups in the ...more

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Jayaprakash Narayan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Politician Jayaprakash Narayan, popularly referred to as JP or Lok Nayak, was an Indian independence activist, social reformer and political leader, remembered especially for leading the mid-1970s ...more

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Martin Walt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Physicist, Electrical engineer, Engineer Martin Walt is a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, U.S.. He specializes in magnetospheric physics. He is also the father of Stephen Walt, a professor at Harvard ...more

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Annie Laurie Gaylor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
Social activist Annie Laurie Gaylor is a co-founder of – and, with her husband Dan Barker, a current co-president of – the Freedom From Religion Foundation. She is also editor of the organization's newspaper, ...more