University of East Anglia Notable Alumni

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University of East Anglia Notable Alumni

University of East Anglia Notable Alumni

Notable alumni

2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate and former President of the Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse (PhD, 1973)
Lasker Award winner Michael Houghton (BSc, 1972) co-discoverered Hepatitis C in 1989
1989 Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro (MA, 1980)
1998 Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan (MA, 1971)
2007 Booker Prize winner Anne Enright (MA, 1988)

UEA alumni in the sciences include the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate and former President of the Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse (PhD, 1973); Robert Koch Prize, Lasker Award and Gairdner Foundation International Award winning co-discoverer of Hepatitis C and of the Hepatitis D genome Michael Houghton (Biological Sciences, 1972); Darwin Medal, Darwin–Wallace Medal and Erwin Schrödinger Prize winning evolutionary biologist Nick Barton (PhD, 1979); Potamkin Prize winning pathologist Karen Duff (Biological Sciences, 1987); climate scientists Tim Lenton, Chris Turney, Neil Adger, Benjamin D. Santer, Keith Briffa, Timothy Osborn, and Peter Thorne; and the Fellows of the Royal Society James Barber, Keith Beven, Mervyn Bibb, Richard Flavell, Don Grierson, Brian Hemmings, Terence Rabbitts, and Nick Talbot.

Alumni in international politics and government include the current King of Tonga Tupou VI (Development Studies, 1980) who also served as Prime Minister of Tonga from 2000 to 2006 and Foreign Minister from 1998 to 2004; Governor General of Grenada Sir Carlyle Glean (Education, 1982); Governor of Gibraltar Sir Robert Fulton (Social Sciences, 1970) who was formerly Commandant General Royal Marines; Kiribati Vice President Teima Onorio (Education, 1990); Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Murat Karayalçın (Development Economics, 1977) who also served as Foreign Minister; Finance Ministers of Australia (Mathias Cormann), Rwanda (Donald Kaberuka, later President of the African Development Bank), Thailand (Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech), and Venezuela (Pedro Rosas Bravo); Foreign Ministers of Iceland (Össur Skarphéðinsson) and The Gambia (Ousman Jammeh); current Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal, Maldivian Defence Minister Adam Shareef, Bruneian Education Minister Suyoi Osman, Cypriot Transport Minister Marios Demetriades, Democratic Republic of the Congo Trade Minister Aimé Boji, and Kenyan Sports and Culture Minister Hassan Wario; and former Cabinet Ministers of Peru (Gino Costa), South Sudan (Agnes Kwaje Lasuba), South Africa (Tito Mboweni, later Governor of the South African Reserve Bank), Egypt (Gamal El-Araby), Tanzania (Juma Ngasongwa), Rwanda (Daphrose Gahakwa), Ethiopia (Sinknesh Ejigu and Junedin Sado), Seychelles (Rolph Payet and Peter Sinon), Turkey (Cüneyd Düzyol) and Yemen (Yahya Al-Mutawakel). Foreign members of parliament include parliamentarians of Portugal (Rubina Berardo), Bhutan (Choida Jamtsho), Oman (Hilal Al Sarmi), Bahrain (Mohamed Ali Hasan Ali), Brunei (Salbiah Haji Sulaiman), Nigeria (Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf and Eddie Mbadiwe), Dominica (Alvin Bernard), South Africa (Stone Sizani), Mozambique (Manuel de Araújo), Australia (Dee Margetts), Hong Kong (Cheng Kai-nam), Mexico (Julio Boltvinik and Óscar González), Peru (Manuel Lajo) and East Timor (José Abel).

Alumni in UK politics include the Independent Member of Parliament Douglas Carswell (History, 1993); the Labour Members of Parliament Caroline Flint (American Literature, History & Film, 1983), Rachael Maskell (Physiotherapy, 1994), and Karin Smyth (Politics, 1988); two former Leaders of the House of Lords, Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos (Applied Research in Education, 1978), and Thomas Galbraith, 2nd Baron Strathclyde (Modern Languages & European Studies, 1982); the Liberal Democrat peer Rosalind Scott, Baroness Scott of Needham Market (European Studies, 1999); and the Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament Adam Tomkins (Law, 1990). UEA is also the alma mater of the former Crossbench peer Tim Bentinck, 12th Earl of Portland (History of Art, 1975); former Members of Parliament Tony Colman (International Development), Jon Owen Jones (Ecology, 1975), Tess Kingham (Education), Judith Chaplin and Ivor Stanbrook (Law, 1995); and the former Member of the European Parliament David Thomas (English & Law).

Literary alumni include the renowned German writer W. G. Sebald (PhD, 1973), three Booker Prize winners, Ian McEwan (Creative Writing, 1971), Kazuo Ishiguro (Creative Writing, 1980), and Anne Enright (Creative Writing, 1988); Costa Book Award (formerly Whitbread Award) winners Rose Tremain (Creative Writing, 1967), Andrew Miller (Creative Writing, 1991), David Almond (English Literature, 1993), Tash Aw (Creative Writing, 2003), Emma Healey (Creative Writing, 2011), Susan Fletcher (Creative Writing, 2002), Adam Foulds (Creative Writing, 2001), Avril Joy (History of Art, 1972) and Christie Watson (Creative Writing, 2009); and the Caine Prize winners Binyavanga Wainaina (MPhil, 2010), Helon Habila (PhD, 2008) and Henrietta Rose-Innes (PhD). Other alumni include Tracy Chevalier (Creative Writing, 1994), John Boyne (Creative Writing, 1996), Neel Mukherjee (Creative Writing, 2001), Mick Jackson (Creative Writing, 1992), Trezza Azzopardi (Creative Writing, 1998), Paul Murray (Creative Writing, 2001), James Scudamore (Creative Writing, 2006), Mohammed Hanif (Creative Writing, 2005), Richard House (PhD, 2008), Sebastian Barker (English Literature, 1970), Clive Sinclair (BA, 1969; PhD, 1983), Kathryn Hughes (Creative Writing, 1986), Peter J. Conradi, and Craig Warner (Creative Writing, 2014).

In the arts alumni include the actors Matt Smith (Drama, 2005), John Rhys-Davies, Jack Davenport (English & American Literature, 1995), James Frain (Drama, 1990), and Roger Ashton-Griffiths (PhD, 2015); comedians Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson (English & American Literature), Simon Day (Drama, 1989),Arthur Smith (Comparative Literature, 1976), and Nina Conti (Philosophy, 1995); film director Gurinder Chadha (Development Economics, 1983); art historians Philip Mould (History of Art, 1981), Bendor Grosvenor (PhD, 2009), and Paul Atterbury (Archaeology & Landscape History, 1972); Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House Mary Allen (Creative Writing, 2003);Chief Executive of English National Opera Séan Doran (Music 1983); BAFTA award-winning production designer Don Homfray (History, 1999), and the Emmy Award winning choirmaster Gareth Malone (Drama, 1997).

Alumni in the media include the Sky News Europe correspondent Mark Stone (History of Art and Architecture, 2001), news correspondents Razia Iqbal (American Studies, 1985), Geraint Vincent (History, 1994), David Grossman (Politics, 1987), and Selina Scott (English & American Literature, 1972); Radio 1 presenter Greg James (Drama, 2007);political commentator Iain Dale (German & Linguistics, 1985); Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan Joanna Coles (English & American Literature); BBC executives Dame Jenny Abramsky (English), Jonathan Powell (English Literature),and James Boyle; and the weather forecasters Darren Bett (Environmental Sciences, 1989) and Penny Tranter (Environmental Sciences, 1982).

UEA alumni in business and economics include the Argentine billionaire businessman and real estate developer Eduardo Costantini, the founders of Autonomy (David Tabizel) and Café Rouge (Karen Jones), and CEOs of Computacenter, ICI, Jaguar Land Rover, Proton, Premier Foods, Diageo, Punch Taverns and Pier 1 Imports. UEA is also the alma mater of the explorer Benedict Allen (Environmental Sciences, 1981); England rugby player Andy Ripley; football commentator Martin Tyler (Sociology, 1967), and the Bishop of Ramsbury Ed Condry (BA, 1974).