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Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Dick Cheney1

    Dick Cheney

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceLincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

    Richard Bruce Cheney (; born January 30, 1941) is an American politician and businessman who...  more

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  • Charles Lindbergh2

    Charles Lindbergh

    Pilot, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 72 (1902-1974)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974) was an American aviator,...  more

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  • John Bardeen3

    John Bardeen

    Physicist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 83 (1908-1991)

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    John Bardeen (; May 23, 1908 – January 30, 1991) was an American physicist and electrical...  more
  • John Muir4

    John Muir

    Environmentalist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 76 (1838-1914)

    BirthplaceDunbar, United Kingdom

    John Muir (; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) also known as "John of the Mountains" and...  more
  • Daniel J. Travanti5


    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Daniel J. Travanti (born March 7, 1940) is an American actor. He is best known for playing...  more

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  • Marcy Kaptur6

    Marcy Kaptur

    Politician, Urban planner


    BirthplaceArea codes 419 and 567, Ohio, Area code 419, United States of America, United States

    Marcia Carolyn Kaptur (; born June 17, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th...  more
  • George Poage7
    George Coleman Poage (November 6, 1880 – April 11, 1962) was the first African-American...  more
  • Carol Bartz8

    Carol Bartz



    BirthplaceWinona, Minnesota

    Carol Ann Bartz (born August 28, 1948) is an American business executive, former president and...  more
  • Ernest Emerson9

    Ernest Emerson

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur



    Ernest R. Emerson is an American custom knifemaker, martial artist, and edged-weapons expert....  more
  • 10

    John P. Morgridge



    BirthplaceWauwatosa, Wisconsin

    John P. Morgridge (born 1933) is an American businessman who was the CEO and chairman of the...  more
  • 11

    Willard Harrison Bennett

    Physicist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 84 (1903-1987)

    BirthplaceFindlay, Ohio

    Willard Harrison Bennett (June 13, 1903 – September 28, 1987) was an American scientist and...  more
  • Michael Bennett12

    Michael Bennett

    American football player


    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Michael A. Bennett (born August 13, 1978) is a former American football running back in the...  more
  • Virginia Apgar13

    Virginia Apgar

    Scientist, Physician

    AgeDec. at 65 (1909-1974)

    BirthplaceWestfield, New Jersey

    Virginia Apgar (June 7, 1909 – August 7, 1974) was an American obstetrical anesthesiologist,...  more

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  • Joyce Carol Oates14

    Joyce Carol Oates

    Editor, Poet


    BirthplaceLockport, New York

    Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American writer. Oates published her first book...  more

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  • Robert Peters15

    Robert Peters

    Poet, Memoirist

    AgeDec. at 90 (1924-2014)

    BirthplaceEagle River, Wisconsin

    Robert Louis Peters (October 20, 1924 – June 13, 2014) was an American poet, critic, scholar,...  more

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  • Lynne Cheney16

    Lynne Cheney

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceCasper, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America

    Lynne Ann Cheney (; née Vincent; born August 14, 1941) is an American author, scholar, and...  more
  • Jim Lovell17

    Jim Lovell

    Astronaut, Actor


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    James Arthur Lovell Jr. (; born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut, Naval Aviator,...  more

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  • Steven Levitan18

    Steven Levitan

    Television director, Businessperson


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Steven E. Levitan (born April 6, 1962) is an American director, screenwriter, and producer of...  more
  • Frank Lloyd Wright19

    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Educator, Interior designer

    AgeDec. at 92 (1867-1959)

    BirthplaceRichland Center, Wisconsin

    Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who...  more

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  • Saul Bellow20

    Saul Bellow

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 90 (1915-2005)

    BirthplaceLachine, Canada

    Saul Bellow (born Solomon Bellows; 10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was a Canadian-American...  more
  • Lorraine Hansberry21

    Lorraine Hansberry

    Activist, Theatre Director

    AgeDec. at 35 (1930-1965)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Lorraine Vivian Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an African-American playwright...  more
  • Edward Witten22

    Edward Witten

    Mathematician, Physicist


    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Edward Witten (born August 26, 1951) is an American theoretical physicist and professor of...  more
  • Laurel Clark23

    Laurel Clark

    Flight surgeon, Astronaut

    AgeDec. at 42 (1961-2003)

    BirthplaceAmes, Iowa

    Laurel Blair Salton Clark (March 10, 1961 – February 1, 2003) was an American medical doctor,...  more
  • Don Ameche24

    Don Ameche

    Radio personality, Actor

    AgeDec. at 85 (1908-1993)

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Don Ameche (; born Dominic Felix Amici; May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American...  more

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  • Tammy Baldwin25

    Tammy Baldwin

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (born February 11, 1962) is an American politician serving as the...  more