List of University of Louisville people

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The following is a list of people associated with the University of Louisville.

Notable alumni[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Business[edit]

Politics[edit]

Science[edit]

  • William Akers (DMD 1950) - developed the SPF sun protection rating system
  • James Gilbert Baker (BA 1935) - winner of Presidential Award for Merit, developed the Baker-Schmidt telescope, pushed for U2 spy plane development
  • Donald Baxter (DMD 1909) - invented the first safe intravenous fluid
  • Lawrence F. Dahl (B.S. 1951) - professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Donald Elbert (BS 1955, G 1960) - led the team of engineers who invented AstroTurf[33]
  • Keith Fitzgerald (BA 1994) - political scientist and immigration policy pundit
  • Chang-Lin Tien (MMEng 1957) - UC Berkeley chancellor from 1990–97; engineering scholar
  • Sherman B. Vanaman (BS 1949) - longtime chairman of mathematics department at Carson-Newman College
  • Mark Wadsworth (BS 1975, MPhys 1982, Dsc, 1983) - designed the "eyeballs" for NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers; President and founder of Tangent Technologies[34]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Ronald M. Atlas - co-director of Center for Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism in the School of Public Health and Information; member of NASA's Planetary Protection Board and the FBI Scientific Working Group on Bioforensics
  • William Burke Belknap - economist; hardware manufacturer; philanthropist; horse breeder; Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville
  • Dr. Dewey Clayton - author and expert on African American politics
  • Dr. Walter S. Coe - cardiologist; in 1948 founded and directed the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in Kentucky; President of the Kentucky Heart Association and Director of the American Heart Association; Governor for the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Physicians for many years
  • Arthur William Dakan - urban geographer, drew council districts when Louisville and Jefferson County merged[35]
  • Robert Dowling - perfected the surgical protocols and configuration for the AbioCor heart; named Co-Kentuckian of the Year by Kentucky Monthly 2001 with Laman Gray
  • Paul W. Ewald - evolutionary biologist credited as one scientist who devised the Trade-Off Hypothesis
  • Shin-je Ghim - medical researcher, co-invented HPV vaccine Gardasil; named Co-Kentuckian of the Year by Kentucky Monthly 2006 with Alfred Bennett Jenson
  • Laman Gray, performed AbioCor heart transplant; named Co-Kentuckian of the Year by Kentucky Monthly 2001 with Robert Dowling
  • Arnold Grishwold - developed first emergency room, ambulance, and blood bank in the U.S.
  • Alfred Bennett Jenson - medical researcher, co-invented HPV vaccine Gardasil; named Co-Kentuckian of the Year by Kentucky Monthly 2006 with Shin-je Ghim
  • Robin Krimm - assistant professor of anatomical sciences and neurobiology, receiver of 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • John LaBarbera - jazz professor, nominated for 2005 Grammy award in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category for his CD On the Wild Side
  • Sena Naslund - English professor; Kentucky Poet Laureate; wrote the 1999 best-selling novel Ahab's Wife, the 2003 best-seller Four Spirits, and Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette (2006)
  • Tom Owen - Professor of Libraries and Community Relations Associate, Louisville Metro Council representative
  • Kerri Remmel - Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Neurology; former Director of the University of Louisville Hospital's Stroke Center - Chief of Vascular Neurology, Vice Chair for Clinical Services and Associate Dean for Clinical Development and Regionalization; one of only four people to be named a 2005 McCann Scholar[36]
  • James Speed - lecturer, former U.S. Attorney General under President Abraham Lincoln
  • Dr. James T. Summersgill - Director of Infectious Disease Laboratory; discovered the link between Chlamydia and heart disease
  • Manning G. Warren III - holder of the H. Edward Harter Chair of Commercial Law
  • Dr. Amanda Worthington - Assistant Professor, Grants and Research Infectious Disease Laboratory

Notable athletic alumni[edit]

Football[edit]

Current NFL players[edit]

Current CFL players[edit]

Current AFL players[edit]

Current UFL players[edit]

Former pros[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

(listed in chronological order)

Women's basketball[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Track and field[edit]

  • Tone Belt (2005–present) - won the 2007 NCAA indoor long jump national title, UofL's first-ever track national title in track and field[109]
  • Andre Black (2005–present) - won the 2007 NCAA indoor triple jump national title, UofL's second-ever national title in track and field[110]
  • Kelley Bowman (2002–2006) - two-time All-American high jumper; finished 3rd in nation in the high jump at 2006 NCAA National Championships with a UofL record of 6 feet, 1.25 inches;[111] holds Kentucky high school girls' record (5 feet, 10.5 inches),[112] won four consecutive KY state titles at Berea High School; had 4th best jump in the nation in 2000[113]
  • Wesley Korir (2006–2008) - multiple All-America in distance running; winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon; member of the Kenyan Parliament

Other sports[edit]

List of Presidents of the University of Louisville[edit]

There have been 27 presidents and five interim presidents of what is (or was once a part of) the University of Louisville:

Jefferson Seminary (1813–1829)[edit]

  • Mann Butler 1813–1816
  • William Tompkins 1816–1821
  • Charles M. M'Crohan 1821–1825
  • Francis E. Goddard 1826–1829

Louisville Collegiate Institute (1837–1840)[edit]

  • Benjamin F. Farnsworth 1837–1838
  • John Hopkins Harney 1838–1840

Louisville College (1840–1846)[edit]

  • John Hopkins Harney 1840–1844

Louisville Medical Institute (1837–1846)[edit]

  • John Rowan 1837–1842
  • William Garvin 1842–1843
  • James Guthrie 1843–1846

University of Louisville (post merger of LMI and LC) (1846–present)[edit]

  • Samuel Smith Nicholas 1846–1847
  • James Guthrie 1847–1869
  • Isaac Caldwell 1869–1886
  • James Speed Pirtle 1886–1905
  • Theodore L. Burnett 1905–1911
  • David William Fairleigh 1911–1914
  • Arthur Younger Ford 1914–1926
  • George Colvin 1926–1928
  • John Letcher Patterson 1928–1929 (acting)
  • Raymond Asa Kent 1929–1943
  • Einar William Jacobsen 1943–1946
  • Frederick William Stamm 1946–1947 (acting)
  • John Wilkinson Taylor 1947–1950
  • Eli Huston Brown III 1950–1951 (acting)
  • Philip Grant Davidson 1951–1968

University of Louisville, as part of the Kentucky state system[edit]

  • Woodrow Mann Strickler 1968–1972
  • William Ferdinand Ekstrom 1972–1973 (acting)
  • James Grier Miller 1973–1980
  • William Ferdinand Ekstrom 1980–1981 (acting)
  • Donald C. Swain 1981–1995
  • John W. Shumaker 1995–2002
  • Carol Garrison 2002 (acting)
  • James R. Ramsey 2002–present

See also[edit]

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