University of Oxford Famous Alumni

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University of Oxford Famous Alumni

University of Oxford Famous Alumni

Gifted men and women have studied or taught at the University throughout its history. Among them are 27 British Prime Ministers, at least 30 international leaders, 50 Nobel Prize winners, and 120 Olympic medal winners.

20th and 21st Centuries

Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia

HM King Abdullah II of Jordan

Sir Grantley Adams, former Premier of Barbados and Prime Minister of the West Indies

J M G (Tom) Adams, former Prime Minister of Barbados

Diran Adebayo, author

Samira Ahmed, journalist and presenter

Monica Ali, author

Tariq Ali, writer

Elizabeth Anscombe, philosopher

W H Auden, poet

Clement Attlee, former British Prime Minister

Zeinab Badawi, journalist and broadcaster

Solomon Bandaranaike, former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Sir Roger Bannister, neurologist and athlete

Kate Barker, economist

Dame Josephine Barnes, first female President of the British Medical Association

Gertrude Bell, explorer and archaeologist

Tony Benn, politician

Alan Bennett, playwright

Sir Lennox Berkeley, composer

Sir Isaiah Berlin, philosopher

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web

Sir John Betjeman, poet

Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, former President and Prime Minister of Pakistan

Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister

Baruch S Blumberg, Nobel Prize-winning scientist

Henry Bonsu, journalist and broadcaster

Dr Ian Bostridge, opera singer

Sir Adrian Boult, conductor

William Boyd, author

Lord (Melvyn) Bragg, broadcaster

Katy Brand, comedian and actor

Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

Vera Brittain, writer

Fiona Bruce, broadcaster

Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia, former Prime Minister of Ghana

Rt Hon David Cameron MP, former British Prime Minister

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England

Baroness (Barbara) Castle, politician

Reeta Chakrabarti, journalist

Bill Clinton, former President of the United States

Wendy Cope, poet

Dr Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain

Richard Curtis, screenwriter

Cecil Day Lewis, poet

Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

Edward de Bono, philosopher

David Dimbleby, journalist and broadcaster

Sir John Eccles, scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology

T S Eliot, poet

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, chef and broadcaster

Helen Fielding, author

Lord Florey, Nobel Prize-winning pathologist

Emilia Fox, actor

Lady Antonia Fraser, novelist and historian

Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia

William Fulbright, politician, founder of the Fulbright Scholarships

Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India

Dr Frene Ginwala, former Speaker of the South African National Assembly

William Golding, Nobel Prize-winning novelist

Hugh Grant, actor

Robert Graves, poet

Graham Greene, author

Sir John Gurdon, Nobel Prize-winning scientist

Mark Haddon, author

J B S Haldane, geneticist

Professor Stuart Hall, sociologist

Tony Hall (Lord Hall of Birkenhead), Director General of the BBC

Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett, judge

Harald V, King of Norway

Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia

Professor Stephen Hawking, physicist

Sir Edward Heath, former British Prime Minister

Joseph Heller, author

Sir Cyril Hinshelwood, Nobel Prize-winning chemist

Dorothy Hodgkin, Nobel Prize-winning chemist

Edwin Hubble, astronomer

Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall

Aldous Huxley, author

Armando Iannucci, writer and comedian

Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, former US Congressman

Felicity Jones, actor

Lakshman Kadirgamar, former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court

Imran Khan, Pakistani politician and former international cricketer

Liaquat Ali Khan, first Prime Minister of Pakistan

Soweto Kinch, jazz musician, saxophonist

Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano

John Kufuor, former President of Ghana

Hari Kunzru, author

Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan

Martha Lane Fox, businesswoman, co-founder of lastminute.com

Philip Larkin, poet

T E Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia

Nigella Lawson, chef and broadcaster

John Le Carré, author

Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari, former President of Pakistan

C S Lewis, writer and scholar

Ken Loach, film-maker

Alain Locke, philosopher and architect of the Harlem Renaissance

Val McDermid, crime writer

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum

Harold Macmillan, former British Prime Minister

Norman Manley, former Leader of Jamaica

Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, former Director General of the Security Service

Chief Justice Mrs Sujata Vasant Manohar, former Judge of the Supreme Court of India

Rt Hon Theresa May MP, current British Prime Minister

Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel Prize-winning scientist

Dame Barbara Mills, first female Director of Public Prosecutions

Dom Mintoff, former Prime Minister of Malta

Dame Iris Murdoch, philosopher and author

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp, chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox

Arthur Mutambara, politician, former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace

V S Naipaul, Nobel Prize-winning author

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

Rageh Omaar, journalist

Michael Palin, actor and writer

Mansoor Ali Khan (“Tiger”) Pataudi, captain of the Indian cricket team

Lester B Pearson, former Prime Minister of Canada and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Robert Penn Warren, American poet laureate

Robert Peston, journalist

Sally Phillips, actor and comedian

Rosamund Pike, actor

Sir Matthew Pinsent, four times Olympic gold medal-winning rower

Philip Pullman, author

Hugh Quarshie, actor

Dr Olli Rehn, EU commissioner

Dr Susan Rice, US National Security Advisor

Rachel Riley, co-host on Channel 4’s Countdown

Hon Raymond Robinson, former President of Trinidad and Tobago

Michael Rosen, children’s novelist and poet

Sir Martin Ryle, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement

Dorothy L Sayers, author

Ernst Schumacher, economist

Pixley Seme, founder of the African National Congress

Vikram Seth, author

Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

Professor Oliver Smithies, Nobel-prize winning scientist

Laura Solon, comedian

Cornelia Sorabji, India’s first female lawyer

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader, Burmese National League for Democracy and Nobel Peace laureate

A J P Taylor, historian

Baroness (Margaret) Thatcher, former British Prime Minister

Sir Wilfred Thesiger, explorer and anthropologist

Mark Thompson, CEO of the New York Times Company and former Director-General of the BBC

J R R Tolkien, author and academic

Andy Triggs Hodge, Olympic gold medal-winning rower

Margaret Turner-Warwick, first woman President of the Royal College of Physicians

Dame Janet Vaughan, haematologist and radiobiologist

Revd Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans

David Vitter, United States Senator

Baroness (Mary) Warnock, philosopher

Sir Andrew Wiles, mathematician

Dr Eric Williams, former Chief Minister, Premier and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

Ivy Williams, first female barrister in the UK

Baroness (Shirley) Williams, politician

Michael Winterbottom, film-maker

Jeanette Winterson, author

Qian Zhongshu, Chinese academic and writer

19th Century

Matthew Arnold, poet

H H Asquith, British Prime Minister

Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor and composer

Sir Max Beerbohm, author and cartoonist

Gertrude Bell, explorer and archaeologist

Hilaire Belloc, author

William Beveridge, social reformer and economist

John Buchan, author

Sir Richard Burton, explorer

Edward Burne-Jones, artist

Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), author and academic

Thomas de Quincey, author

C B Fry, cricketer

William Ewart Gladstone, British Prime Minister

Eglantyne Jebb, founder of the Save the Children Fund

John Keble, theologian

Gerard Manley Hopkins, poet

William Morris, artist

Cardinal John Henry Newman, theologian

Sir Robert Peel, British Prime Minister

Edward Pusey, theologian

Eleanor Rathbone, politician and social reformer

Cecil Rhodes, colonial pioneer, founder of the Rhodes Scholarships

John Ruskin, author, artist and social reformer

Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet

Frederick Soddy, Nobel Prize-winning chemist

Arnold Toynbee, social philosopher and economist

Oscar Wilde, playwright, poet and author

Emily Wilding Davison, suffragist

17th and 18th Centuries

William Henry Drayton, American revolutionary

John Ford, playwright

Edward Gibbon, historian

Edmund Halley, astronomer

William Harvey, scientist who discovered the circulation of the blood

Thomas Hobbes, philosopher

Robert Hooke, scientist

Dr Samuel Johnson, lexicographer

John Locke, philosopher

Sir Richard Lovelace, poet

James Oglethorpe, founder of the US state of Georgia

William Penn, founder of the US state of Pennsylvania

Adam Smith, political economist

James Smithson, scientist, founder of the Smithsonian Institution

Robert Southey, poet

Jonathan Swift, author and satirist

Jethro Tull, agriculturalist and inventor

John Wesley, founder of Methodism

John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, poet and courtier

Sir Christopher Wren, architect

15th and 16th Centuries

Cardinal William Allen

John Donne, poet

Erasmus, scholar

Jerome of Prague, Czech religious reformer

Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor and martyr

Sir Walter Raleigh, explorer

Sir Philip Sidney, poet

William Tyndale, translator of the Bible

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Lord Chancellor and churchman, founder of Christ Church

13th and 14th Centuries

Roger Bacon, scholar

Thomas Bradwardine, Archbishop of Canterbury

Simon Bredon, mathematician

William of Ockham, philosopher and theologian

Duns Scotus, philosopher and theologian

John Wyclif (Wycliffe), religious reformer