University of Cambridge Famous Alumni

By | 5th May 2017

University of Cambridge Famous Alumni

The following is a list of selected famous people who attended the University of Cambridge. There is only room to include a few from each college, so there are naturally many missing. For lists far more comprehensive than the below, see Wikipedia’s lists. See also the list of Cambridge Nobel Prizewinners.

The entry for Trinity contains only living alumni, which otherwise simply has too many! My pages on famous Trinity students are here.

Christ’s (1505)

Richard Clerke, John Milton, Charles Darwin, Jan Smuts, CP Snow, David Mellor, Richard Whiteley, Lord Mountbatten, Colin Dexter, Sacha Baron-Cohen (Ali G), Simon Schama, Rowan Williams, Fred Frith, John Oliver, Tony Lewis, Martin Sorrell,

Churchill (1960)

Ian Stewart, Bjarne Stroustrup

Clare (1326)

Nicholas Ferrer, Hugh Latimer, Charles Cornwallis, David Attenborough, Peter Lilley, Siegfried Sassoon, Richard Stilgoe, James Watson, Andrew Wiles, Peter Ackroyd, Roger Norrington, John Rutter

Clare Hall (1984)

Corpus Christi (1352)

Christopher Marlowe, John Fletcher, Matthew Parker, Hugh Bonneville, Christopher Andrew Neil Hamilton, Francis Maude

Darwin (1976)

Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Blackburn

Downing (1800)

John Cleese, Michael Winner, Mike Atherton, Brian Redhead, Quentin Blake, Trevor Nunn, Michael Apted, Thandie Newton Terrance Dicks, Andy Hamilton

Emmanuel (1584)

John Harvard, FR Leavis, Fred Hoyle, Griff Rhys Jones, Graeme Garden, Cecil Parkinson, John Wallis, Michael Frayn, Graham Chapman, Sebastian Faulks, Dan Stevens Rory McGrath

Fitzwilliam (1896)

Lord Fawsley, Norman Lamont, Derek Pringle, Phil Edmonds, Lee Kuan Yew, David Starkey, Nick Drake, Andy Burnham,

Girton (1869)

Sandi Toksvig, Queen Margarethe of Denmark, Raquel Cassidy, Delia Derbyshire, Arianna Huffington, Ewan Pearson, Margaret Mountford, Alistair Brownlee

Gonville and Caius (1348)

William Harvey, Thomas Shadwell, George Green, David Frost, Kenneth Clarke, Harold Abrahams, John Venn, Keith Vaz, Alastair Campbell, Jimmy Carr, John Conway, Leslie Bricusse, Simon Russell Beale, Jonathan Sacks, Stephen Mangan

Homerton (1894)

Julie Covington, Nick Hancock, Cherie Lunghi, Sandi Toksvig, Graham Wynne, Olivia Colman, Jan Ravens

Hughes Hall (1885)

Jesus (1496)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Cranmer, Laurence Sterne, Alastair Cooke, Prince Edward, Lord Snowdon, Ted Dexter, Thomas Malthus, Nick Hornby, Tony Wilson, David Hare, Roger Scruton, Geoff Hoon, Shaun Woodward

King’s (1441)

Francis Walsingham, Rupert Brooke, JM Keynes, EM Forster, Robert Walpole, Martin Bell, Salman Rushdie, Alan Turing, David Baddiel, John Graham, Charles Clarke, Lily Cole, John Eliot Gardiner, Zadie Smith, Stephen Poliakoff, Tam Dalyell, Judith Weir, Henry Blofeld, JG Ballard

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