Cambridge University Notable Alumni

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Discover the notable alumni of Cambridge University. The list includes people like Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing, Emma Thompson, Sacha Baron Cohen & Charles Darwin. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as scientists, writers, film & theater personalities, intellectuals & academics and media personalities etc.
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 1 
Sacha Baron Cohen
(Known for Portrayal of the Fictional Satirical Characters)
Sacha Baron Cohen
68
Birthdate: October 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 2 
Rebecca Hall
(Actress)
Rebecca Hall
26
Birthdate: May 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 3 
Bertrand Russell
(Philosopher)
Bertrand Russell
24
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2, 1970
 4 
Lee Kuan Yew
(Founding Father of Modern Singapore)
Lee Kuan Yew
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: March 23, 2015
 5 
Sam Mendes
(Film Director)
Sam Mendes
8
Birthdate: August 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reading
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 6 
Har Gobind Khorana
(Indian American Biochemist Who was One of the Recipients of the 1968 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Har Gobind Khorana
4
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: November 9, 2011
 7 
Rajiv Gandhi
(Former Prime Minister of India)
Rajiv Gandhi
26
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: May 21, 1991
 8 
Olivia Colman
(Known for Her Comedic, Dramatic Roles in Film and Television)
Olivia Colman
25
Birthdate: January 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 9 
Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Photographer and Painter)
Henri Cartier-Bresson
2
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: August 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Died: August 3, 2004
 10 
Jagadish Chandra Bose
10
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 30, 1858
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bikrampur, Bengal Presidency, British India (Now Munshiganj District of Bangladesh)
Died: November 23, 1937
 11 
Nicola Walker
(Actress)
Nicola Walker
10
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stepney, London, England, UK
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 12 
Samuel Pepys
(Member of Parliament)
Samuel Pepys
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 23, 1633
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 26, 1703
 13 
Jo Cox
(Former British Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen (2015 - 2016))
Jo Cox
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Batley, West Yorkshire, England
Died: June 16, 2016
 14 
James Chadwick
(Discoverer of Neutron)
James Chadwick
2
Birthdate: October 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bollington
Died: July 24, 1974
 15 
Sophie Okonedo
6
Birthdate: August 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 16 
Thomas Merton
(Writer & theologian was ordained to the Catholic priesthood and given the name "Father Louis".)
Thomas Merton
7
Birthdate: January 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prades, France
Died: December 10, 1968
 17 
Rupert Brooke
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 3, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rugby
Died: April 23, 1915
 18 
Francis Galton
(Polymath)
Francis Galton
4
Birthdate: February 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: January 17, 1911
 19 
Alfred Marshall
(Economist)
Alfred Marshall
0
Birthdate: July 26, 1842
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bermondsey
Died: July 13, 1924
 20 
Alex Horne
(Comedian)
Alex Horne
2
Birthdate: September 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: UK
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 21 
Françoise Gilot
(French Painter Best Known for Her Relationship with 'Pablo Picasso')
Françoise Gilot
0
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
 22 
Harivansh Rai Bachchan
(Indian Poet and Writer of the 'Nayi Kavita Literary Movement' Best Known for His Early Work 'Madhushala')
Harivansh Rai Bachchan
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: January 18, 2003
 23 
Ol Parker
(Writer)
Ol Parker
2
Birthdate: June 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK
 24 
Carrie Lam
(Politician)
Carrie Lam
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England
 25 
Sarah Solemani
(Known for Her Role in the Sitcom ‘Him & Her’ and Film ‘Bridget Jones's Baby’)
Sarah Solemani
1
Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camden, London, England
 26 
Arthur Eddington
(Astronomer)
Arthur Eddington
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kendal
Died: November 22, 1944
 27 
Lily Cole
(Actor, Model)
Lily Cole
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Torquay
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 28 
King Charles III
(King of the United Kingdom)
King Charles III
79
Birthdate: November 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 29 
Eric Hobsbawm
(Historian)
Eric Hobsbawm
3
Birthdate: June 9, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: October 1, 2012
 30 
Colin Greenwood
(Musician)
Colin Greenwood
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 31 
Louise Brealey
1
Birthdate: March 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 32 
Simon Russell Beale
(Theatre and Film Actor Best Known for His Plays: 'Volpone', 'Candide' and 'Uncle Vanya')
Simon Russell Beale
1
Birthdate: January 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 33 
Emma of Normandy
0
Birthdate: 0984 AD
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: March 6, 1052
 34 
George Plimpton
(Journalists)
George Plimpton
1
Birthdate: March 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 26, 2003
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 35 
Jimmy Carr
(Actor, Comedian, Television presenter)
Jimmy Carr
12
Birthdate: September 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 36 
Simon McBurney
0
Birthdate: August 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 37 
Griff Rhys Jones
(Actor, Comedian)
Griff Rhys Jones
1
Birthdate: November 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardiff
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 38 
Louise Lombard
0
Birthdate: September 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Redbridge, London, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 39 
Vince Cable
(Political Leader)
Vince Cable
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: York, England, UK
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 40 
Michael Howard
(British Politician and Leader of the Opposition (2003 - 2006))
Michael Howard
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gorseinon, Swansea, Wales
 41 
Vanessa Feltz
(British Journalist and Television Personality Who Became Known for Her Radio Show on ‘BBC Radio 2')
Vanessa Feltz
1
Birthdate: February 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 42 
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
(Classical Soprano and Foremost Singers of 'Lieder')
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jarotschin, Poland
Died: August 3, 2006
 43 
Dorabji Tata
(Key figure in the history and development of the Tata Group)
Dorabji Tata
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: June 3, 1932
 44 
Gertrude Himmelfarb
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: December 30, 2019
 45 
Colin Dexter
(Writer)
Colin Dexter
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stamford, England
Died: March 21, 2017
 46 
Peter Hall
(actor, theatre director, film director, artist)
Peter Hall
0
Birthdate: November 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bury St Edmunds
 47 
Chris Weitz
(Director)
Chris Weitz
0
Birthdate: November 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 48 
James Jeans
(British Physicist, Astronomer and Mathematician)
James Jeans
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 11, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
Died: September 16, 1946
 49 
Saint John Fisher
(English Priest)
Saint John Fisher
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1469
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beverley, England
Died: June 22, 1535
 50 
Margaret Drabble
(English Novelist, Biographer and Critic)
Margaret Drabble
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
The University of Cambridge, located in England, is a name which is popular in most households around the world. Doesn’t this speak volumes about its popularity? This notable institution known for imparting an outstanding quality of education was founded in 1209. It is also famous for being the ‘fourth oldest university in the world’. As of 2015, more than 19,000 students had enrolled at this world famous institution. Apart from its lush green campus, a library with an interesting collection of a million books and its highly qualified staff, the university is also famous for its notable alumni. Some of these individuals who studied at Cambridge are even important names in history books. Legendary scientists Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking are former students of this renowned institution. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is being taught to students all over the world and has also significantly helped scientists involved in further research on the subject. Stephen Hawking is not only known for his contributions to the field of science, but is also considered one among the few immensely influential people around the world today. Hawking’s life also inspired the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Theory Of Everything’, which earned a lot of accolades. ‘Borat’ star Sasha Baron Cohen, acclaimed actor Stephen Fry and Hollywood star Rachel Weisz are a few other eminent personalities who studied at the University of Cambridge. We have compiled a list which consists of noteworthy celebrities who were former students of University of Cambridge. This might just inspire you to work harder to secure a place at this world famous university.