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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?”
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    Dick Cheney

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

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    Charles Lindbergh

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

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  • 3

    John Bardeen

    Physicist, Inventor
    John Bardeen (; May 23, 1908 – January 30, 1991) was an American physicist and electrical...  more
  • 4

    John Muir

    Environmentalist, Inventor
    John Muir (; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) also known as "John of the Mountains" and...  more
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    Daniel J. Travanti (born March 7, 1940) is an American actor. He is best known for playing...  more

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    Marcy Kaptur

    Politician, Urban planner
    Marcia Carolyn Kaptur (; born June 17, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th...  more
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    George Coleman Poage (November 6, 1880 – April 11, 1962) was the first African-American...  more
  • 8

    Carol Bartz

    Carol Ann Bartz (born August 28, 1948) is an American business executive, former president and...  more
  • 9

    Ernest Emerson

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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  • 10

    John P. Morgridge

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  • 11

    Willard Harrison Bennett

    Physicist, Inventor
    Willard Harrison Bennett (June 13, 1903 – September 28, 1987) was an American scientist and...  more
  • 12

    Michael Bennett

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

    Virginia Apgar

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

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    Joyce Carol Oates

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    Robert Peters

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

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    Lynne Cheney

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

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

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  • 18

    Steven Levitan

    Television director, Businessperson
    Steven E. Levitan (born April 6, 1962) is an American director, screenwriter, and producer of...  more
  • 19

    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Educator, Interior designer
    Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who...  more
  • 20

    Saul Bellow

    Novelist, Author
    Saul Bellow (born Solomon Bellows; 10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was a Canadian-American...  more
  • 21

    Lorraine Hansberry

    Activist, Theatre Director
    Lorraine Vivian Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an African-American playwright...  more
  • 22

    Edward Witten

    Mathematician, Physicist
    Edward Witten (born August 26, 1951) is an American theoretical physicist and professor of...  more
  • 23

    Laurel Clark

    Flight surgeon, Astronaut
    Laurel Blair Salton Clark (March 10, 1961 – February 1, 2003) was an American medical doctor,...  more
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    Don Ameche

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

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    Tammy Baldwin

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