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Indeed there is difference... Literally, 有 means "has/have", 名 means "name", so 有名 means "has one's name (heard by others)", hence "famous". 著 means "prominent", so 著名 means "(has) a prominent name (heard by many)". 著名 describes a more famous person, and most likely a positive reputation. 闻名 cannot be used to directly describe a person. You can say ...

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