UW–Madison faculty and alumni have won seventeen Nobel Prizes, thirty Pulitzer Prizes, and three MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.” Notable alumni and faculty include environmentalist Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac; economist Edwin Witte, who drafted Social Security legislation; and researcher James Thomson, who was the first to successfully cultivate human embryonic stem cells.
With 362,000 living alumni, a campus employing 16,000 people, and a student population of 42,000, the UW–Madison’s reach extends across the country and into many other nations. One in every 700 people living in the United States has a connection to the UW–Madison.
Thousands of people find life at UW–Madison interesting and rewarding. Here are a few profiles of some of them.