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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
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