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 and engineering[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 (BS 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
  • Gary Sullivan (B.S. 1982, MEng 1983) – Researcher and standardization leader in video compression technology including H.264/AVC and HEVC
  • Chang-Lin Tien (MEng 1957) – UC Berkeley chancellor 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, 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
  • Roman Yampolskiy – computer scientist known for his work on artificial intelligence safety.

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[111]
  • Andre Black (2005–present) – won the 2007 NCAA indoor triple jump national title, UofL's second-ever national title in track and field[112]
  • Kelley Bowman (2002–06) – 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;[113] holds Kentucky high school girls' record (5 feet, 10.5 inches),[114] won four consecutive KY state titles at Berea High School; had 4th best jump in the nation in 2000[115]
  • Wesley Korir (2006–08) – 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 (1813–29)[edit]

  • Mann Butler 1813–16
  • William Tompkins 1816–21
  • Charles M. M'Crohan 1821–25
  • Francis E. Goddard 1826–29

Louisville Collegiate Institute (1837–40)[edit]

  • Benjamin F. Farnsworth 1837–38
  • John Hopkins Harney 1838–40

Louisville College (1840–46)[edit]

  • John Hopkins Harney 1840–44

Louisville Medical Institute (1837–1846)[edit]

  • John Rowan 1837–42
  • William Garvin 1842–43
  • James Guthrie 1843–46

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

  • Samuel Smith Nicholas 1846–47
  • James Guthrie 1847–69
  • Isaac Caldwell 1869–86
  • James Speed Pirtle 1886–05
  • Theodore L. Burnett 1905–11
  • David William Fairleigh 1911–14
  • Arthur Younger Ford 1914–26
  • George Colvin 1926–28
  • John Letcher Patterson 1928–29 (acting)
  • Raymond Asa Kent 1929–43
  • Einar William Jacobsen 1943–46
  • Frederick William Stamm 1946–47 (acting)
  • John Wilkinson Taylor 1947–50
  • Eli Huston Brown III 1950–51 (acting)
  • Philip Grant Davidson 1951–68

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

  • Woodrow Mann Strickler 1968–72
  • William Ferdinand Ekstrom 1972–73 (acting)
  • James Grier Miller 1973–80
  • William Ferdinand Ekstrom 1980–81 (acting)
  • Donald C. Swain 1981–95
  • John W. Shumaker 1995–2002
  • Carol Garrison 2002 (acting)
  • James R. Ramsey 2002–present

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