The inventor of basketball started a tradition here.
The man who discovered vitamins A and D graduated. Helium was extracted from gas for the first time. The first African-American woman to entertain at the White House was a student.
Future astronauts were launched into their careers, along with artists, business leaders, Olympians, presidential candidates, actors, governors, Pulitzer winners and a Nobel Prize winner.
National championships have been won. And many pharmacists, teachers, nurses, doctors, musicians, artisans, journalists, architects, engineers and lawyers have begun careers.
KU. A Great Place to be a Champion.
First play-by-play man for a MLB game on radio
K.S. "Bud" Adams
Owner, Tennessee Titans
Producer of "The Daily Show"
Nancy Kassebaum Baker
Actor (TV's "Quantum Leap," "Star Trek: Enterprise")
Kay Waldo Barnes
First female mayor of Kansas City, Mo.
Etta Moten Barnett
Actress and singer - First African-American woman to entertain at the White House
Linda Zarda Cook
Executive Director of Shell Gas & Power and former CEO of Shell Canada. Named one of the most successful businesswomen in Europe.
Basketball Hall of Famer
Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate
Chair of Chrysler Corp.
Environmental scientist, population expert and author ("The Population Bomb"). Also a MacArthur Fellow recipient.
NASA astronaut on first shuttle flight
NASA astronaut on Apollo 17
Executive producer ("West Wing")
Actor ("Heartbreak Ridge" and "Roots")
Evolutionary biologist and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," "Come Back, Little Sheba," "Picnic," "Splendor in the Grass")
Former head of the FBI
Gardening expert (HGTV's "Rebecca's Garden," ABC's "Good Morning America")
Journalist and producer (A&E's "Investigative Reports," "American Justice")
Former National Public Radio CEO and Ambassador to South Africa
Elmer V. McCollum
Scientist (discovered vitamins A, B and D)
Olympic gold medalist in track (only American to win the 10,000-meters medal)
Co-founder of Netscape
President and CEO of Ford Motor Company
Four-time Olympic gold medalist
Best-selling mystery writer (V.I. Warshawski series)
Actor ("Yentl," "The Princess Bride"; TV's "Chicago Hope" and "Criminal Minds")
Actor ("Clueless," "Cider House Rules," "I Love You, Man")
Three-time U.S. track Olympian and world-record miler, U.S. House of Representatives
Chicago Bears football star
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Director of Flight Operations for SpaceShipOne, first private manned space program
College basketball's second-winningest coach
Deanell Reece Tacha
Chief judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Scientist (discovered the dwarfed planet Pluto)
Founder of the Seed Savers Exchange, MacArthur Fellow
First female Harlem Globetrotter. All-time leading scorer in college women's basketball history.
Sir Robert Worcester
Market research pioneer and top British political commentator and pollster