University of Wisconsin – Madison

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University of Wisconsin – Madison
motto Numen Lumen
founding 1848
Sponsorship state
place Madison
state Wisconsin
country United States
Chancellor David Ward
Students 42,595
Employee 17,343
Annual budget 2,701,300,000 US dollars
University sports Badgers ( Big Ten ); WCHA (women's ice hockey)
Networks Association of American Universities

The University of Wisconsin – Madison (short UW , UW – Madison or simply Madison ) is a state university in Madison in the US state of Wisconsin . With over 42,000 students (as of 2012) it is the largest university in the state.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the principal location of the University of Wisconsin system . It is a member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900, and is known as Public Ivy .


Bascom Hill, named after John Bascom

It was founded in 1848 after Wisconsin became the 30th state to join the United States of America. The first 17 students began teaching on February 5, 1849. It has been one of the leading universities in the United States since the beginning of the 20th century. The Daily Cardinal was founded on April 4, 1892, as today's oldest student newspaper . In 1913, the best-known honorary society for graduates in economics, Beta Gamma Sigma, was founded here. In August 1970, assassins set off a car bomb because they wanted to protest against the university's cooperation with the US military. One researcher, Robert Fassnacht, was killed. Three employees were injured.


The university is located in Madison , near the Capitol on the south shore of Lake Mendota . The main campus covers an area of ​​3.8 km². The entire university campus including all research facilities is 43 km² in size. The university has its own police force and hospital.


As the most significant entity in the Wisconsin university system, it is ranked 13th for the best public education institutions in the United States and 45th for the best American universities. In the 2012 Shanghai ranking , it was in 19th place globally.

Research and facilities

  • The grid computing software Condor has been developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1988 and has been called HTCondor since 2012 .
  • The University's “Max Kade Institute” (MKI) is part of the “College of Letters and Science” (humanities, social and natural sciences) and has its own administration made up of a board of directors, librarians, office staff and volunteers. This facility was named after the German-American entrepreneur Max Kade , who left Germany in 1905 and emigrated to New York City. There he made a name for himself in the pharmaceutical industry and set up a foundation to promote scientific and technical progress as well as peaceful coexistence between peoples. In this way, Kade also promoted German-American relations. The initiative to found the “Max Kade Institute” goes back to the linguist Jürgen Eichhoff , who in 1983 successfully applied for start-up funding from Erich Markel , President of the “Max Kade Foundation of New York”. The institute has made it its business to conduct scientific research and its documentation and to make it accessible to a wide audience. Part of the research deals with the German immigrants and their descendants, as well as their influence on their environment. Since 2014, the MKI has been on the fourth floor of the venerable University Club, which was founded in 1907 as a place to promote community within the campus. It was previously located in the "Keystone House", a historic residential building from 1853.


  • The university's business faculty, also known as the “Wisconsin School of Business” since November 2007, was the first business school to receive a large amount of donation from alumni, without being bound by the faculty being renamed. A group of 13 donors donated USD 85 million, each with a minimum contribution of USD 5 million. Among them are big business figures like Paul J. Collins , former Vice Chairman of Citigroup Inc. and Wade Fetzer a former Goldman Sachs partner. Most of the donation will go towards the MBA program and the expansion of teaching at the business school.
  • "Wind power plant with nuclear drive": Student opponents of nuclear energy at the University of Wisconsin originally planned the first solar concert in the world in 1980: electricity from photocells was to supply the amplifiers and loudspeakers during the event. The project could not be carried out because it turned out that it would have required 8,000 square meters of solar cell space. The students therefore installed three wind power plants to replace them. During the concert, however, there was no wind, the rotors of the wind turbines still rotated, one even backwards. As a precaution, the wind power stations had been connected to the power grid, so that the generators, in the absence of wind power, acted as motors and the propellers turned with energy from the power grid. A generator was connected to the mains with the wrong polarity and thus turned the propeller in the wrong direction. In 1980, a good third of the electricity in the city of Madison was generated in nuclear power plants, so at least one of the gensets can be regarded as the first nuclear-powered wind power plant in the world.


The UW – Madison sports teams are known as the Wisconsin Badgers . The college is a member of the Big Ten Conference , in the NCAA . The sports that are practiced include American football , ice hockey , wrestling, volleyball and soccer , in which the Badgers are also very successful. The Badgers own several sports venues such as Camp Randall Stadium , built in 1917 , which can hold more than 80,000 spectators. The ice hockey men and the basketball women and men are based in the Kohl Center .

The team colors are red and white. The mascot is a badger ( English Badger ) named "Buckingham U. Badger".


The UW-Madison claims patent rights for the sweetener Brazzein as its own invention, although in Central Africa the fruits of the Pentadiplandra brazzeana , from which Pentadin was isolated, have been known for a long time . The university denies any connection with the natural occurrences in Gabon . It holds three patents on compounds that are isolated from Pentadiplandra brazzeana and on its industrial production (US Pat. No. 5,326,580, US Pat. No. 5,346,998, US Pat. No. 5,527,555). In this context, the patenting of Brazzein is classified as biopiracy by GRAIN and Greenpeace .

In 2012, the animal rights organization PETA published allegations that the biological faculty carried out experiments on the hearing of cats that were cruel to animals. To obtain information about the localization of sound perception in the animals' brains , these probes were implanted in the auditory cortex , the ears and parts of the brain were surgically processed, and feeding was suspended for a few days to increase stimulus perception.



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  • Arthur Hove, Anne Biebel: The University of Wisconsin. A pictorial history. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison 1991, ISBN 0-299-13000-2 .
  • Studies of the Max Kade Institute for German-American studies. Friends of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, Madison, OCLC 314170402 .
  • Max Kade Institute for German American Studies (Ed.): Source editions on the history of Germans in America. (= On the history of the Germans in America.) Belser Wissenschaftlicher Dienst, Wildberg OCLC 313335419 .

Web links

Commons : University of Wisconsin-Madison  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. a b About UW – Madison , on the University of Wisconsin – Madison website, accessed June 22, 2011 (English).
  2. ^ Sterling Hall bombing , Wisconsin State Journal .
  3. Top Public Schools-National Universities, accessed June 22, 2011.
  4. ^ National University Rankings accessed June 22, 2011.
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  9. Cornelius Keller: Spuk und Rock vom Windkraftwerk. In: Image of Science. Accent no. 12, p. 3, Deutsche Verlagsanstalt, Stuttgart, December 1980.
  10. ^ Environmental Audit House of Commons - Second Report - APPENDIX 7 - Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) and Farmers' Rights Session 1998-99. 23 November 1999
  11. ^ The European Patent Directive: License to Plunder Briefing published by Genetic Resources Action International, GRAIN, Barcelona, ​​May 1998
  12. ^ Cats Tormented and Killed in University Lab . Undated PETA report , accessed September 24, 2012.

Coordinates: 43 ° 4 ′ 31 ″  N , 89 ° 24 ′ 35 ″  W.