Cambridge University Notable Alumni

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford
Died: March 14, 2018
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 2 Alan Turing

Alan Turing.
8
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 7, 1954

 3 Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen.
6
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burnley, Lancashire, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 4 David Attenborough

David Attenborough.
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: May 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Isleworth, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 5 Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Mount House, Shrewsbury, England
Died: April 19, 1882

 6 Robert Frost

Robert Frost.
5
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Died: January 29, 1963

 7 Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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 8 J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer.
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: February 18, 1967

 9 Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 10 Lord Byron

Lord Byron.
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1788
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dover, United Kingdom
Died: April 19, 1824

 11 Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall.
1
Famous As: Primatologist
Birthdate: April 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 12 Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist, Chemist
Birthdate: August 30, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brightwater, New Zealand
Died: October 19, 1937

 13 John Milton

John Milton.
4
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, Polemicist, and Civil Servant for the Commonwealth of England.
Birthdate: December 9, 1608
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheapside, City of London, United Kingdom
Died: November 8, 1674

 14 Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 15 Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton.
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 16 Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 17 Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie.
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: British-Indian novelist
Birthdate: June 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 18 Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 19 John Cleese

John Cleese.
1
Famous As: Actor & Comedian
Birthdate: October 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England,
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 20 Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi.
0
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: August 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: May 21, 1991

 21 Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, UK
Died: February 2, 1970

 22 Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos.
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kent, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 23 E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 1, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marylebone
Died: June 7, 1970

 24 Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Father of Modern Singapore
Birthdate: September 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: March 23, 2015

 25 J. J. Thomson

J J Thompson.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
Birthdate: December 18, 1856
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire, UK
Died: August 30, 1940

 26 John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes.
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 5, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge ,England
Died: April 21, 1946

 27 Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: July 2, 1977

 28 Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes.
1
Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reading
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 29 Jagadish Chandra Bose

Jagadish Chandra Bose.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 30, 1858
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bikrampur, Bengal Presidency, British India (Now Munshiganj District of Bangladesh)
Died: November 23, 1937

 30 A. A. Milne

A. A. Milne.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Birthdate: January 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kilburn, London
Died: January 31, 1956

 31 Tom Hollander

Tom Hollander
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 32 James Chadwick

James Chadwick.
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Famous As: Discoverer of Neutron
Birthdate: October 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bollington
Died: July 24, 1974

 33 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 26, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 29, 1951

 34 Nicola Walker

Nicola Walker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stepney, London, England, UK
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 35 James Watson

James Watson.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Molecular Biologist
Birthdate: April 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 36 Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington.
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Famous As: American-Greek author
Birthdate: July 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 37 Har Gobind Khorana

Har Gobind Khorana.
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: November 9, 2011

 38 Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 3, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rugby
Died: April 23, 1915

 39 Jo Cox

Jo Cox
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Batley, West Yorshire, England, UK
Died: June 16, 2016

 40 Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Member of Parliament
Birthdate: February 23, 1633
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 26, 1703

 41 Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prades
Died: December 10, 1968

 42 Ol Parker

Ol Parker
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 43 Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Harivanshrai Bachchan
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Prayagraj, India
Died: January 18, 2003

 44 Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Television presenter
Birthdate: September 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 45 Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

 46 Francis Galton

Francis Galton.
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: February 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: January 17, 1911

 47 Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson.
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Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Photographer and Painter
Birthdate: August 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Died: August 3, 2004

 48 Lily Cole

Lily Cole
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: December 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Torquay
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 49 Simon McBurney

Simon McBurney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 50 Alex Horne

Alex Horne
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: UK
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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.