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Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 20.4k views1.1k items

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?”
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  • 1
    Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Dick Cheney

    Businessperson, Politician

    Age79

    BirthplaceLincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

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

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  • 2
    Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Charles Lindbergh

    Pilot, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 72 (1902-1974)

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

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

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  • 3
    John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 4
    John Muir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Daniel J. Travanti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Age80

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

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

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  • 6
    Marcy Kaptur is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Marcy Kaptur

    Politician, Urban planner

    Age74

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 7
    George Poage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni
    George Coleman Poage (November 6, 1880 – April 11, 1962) was the first African-American... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Carol Bartz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Carol Bartz

    Businessperson

    Age72

    BirthplaceWinona, Minnesota

    Carol Ann Bartz (born August 28, 1948) is an American business executive, former president and... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Ernest Emerson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Ernest Emerson

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    Age65

    BirthplaceWisconsin

    Ernest R. Emerson is an American custom knifemaker, martial artist, and edged-weapons expert.... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    John P. Morgridge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    John P. Morgridge

    Businessperson

    Age87

    BirthplaceWauwatosa, Wisconsin

    John P. Morgridge (born 1933) is an American businessman who was the CEO and chairman of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Willard Harrison Bennett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Michael Bennett

    American football player

    Age42

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Michael A. Bennett (born August 13, 1978) is a former American football running back in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Virginia Apgar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Joyce Carol Oates

    Editor, Poet

    Age82

    BirthplaceLockport, New York

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

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  • 15
    Robert Peters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Lynne Cheney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Lynne Cheney

    Novelist, Author

    Age79

    BirthplaceCasper, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America

    Lynne Ann Cheney (; née Vincent; born August 14, 1941) is an American author, scholar, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Jim Lovell

    Astronaut, Actor

    Age92

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

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

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  • 18
    Steven Levitan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Steven Levitan

    Television director, Businessperson

    Age58

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Steven E. Levitan (born April 6, 1962) is an American director, screenwriter, and producer of... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Frank Lloyd Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Saul Bellow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Lorraine Hansberry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Lorraine Hansberry

    Activist, Theatre Director

    AgeDec. at 35 (1930-1965)

    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

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

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  • 22
    Edward Witten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Edward Witten

    Mathematician, Physicist

    Age69

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Edward Witten (born August 26, 1951) is an American theoretical physicist and professor of... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Laurel Clark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Don Ameche is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni

    Don Ameche

    Radio personality, Actor

    AgeDec. at 85 (1908-1993)

    BirthplaceKenosha, USA, Wisconsin

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

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

    Tammy Baldwin

    Politician, Lawyer

    Age58

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

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