University College London Notable Alumni

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Discover the notable alumni of University College London. The list includes people like Rabindranath Tagore, Ricky Gervais, Alexander Graham Bell, John Stuart Mill & Francis Crick. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as intellectuals & academics, writers, scientists, engineers and media personalities etc.
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 1 
Christopher Nolan
(Film Director - Known for His Ambitious & Visually Impressive Films)
Christopher Nolan
38
Birthdate: July 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
 2 
Chris Martin
(Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'Coldplay')
Chris Martin
41
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Whitestone, England, United Kingdom
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 3 
Mahatma Gandhi
(Indian Freedom Fighter who Employed Non-violent Resistance & Known as 'Father of the Nation')
Mahatma Gandhi
196
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, India
Died: January 30, 1948
 4 
Alexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone & Co-Founder of 'American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T)')
Alexander Graham Bell
39
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 2, 1922
Rabindranath Tagore
65
Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: August 7, 1941
 6 
John Stuart Mill
(The Most Influential English-Speaking Philosopher of the Nineteenth Century)
John Stuart Mill
5
Birthdate: May 20, 1806
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pentonville, London, England
Died: May 7, 1873
 7 
Roger Penrose
(English Mathematician, Mathematical Physicist and Winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physics)
Roger Penrose
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Colchester, England
 8 
Jomo Kenyatta
(1st President of Kenya (1964–1978) and the 1st Prime Minister of Kenya (1963–1964))
Jomo Kenyatta
21
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 20, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gatundu, Kenya
Died: August 22, 1978
 9 
Robert Browning
(Poet & Playwright)
Robert Browning
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 7, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camberwell
Died: December 12, 1889
 10 
Francis Crick
(Co-discoverer of the Structure of the DNA Molecule, Nobel Prize Winner)
Francis Crick
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England
Died: July 28, 2004
 11 
Ricky Gervais
(British Comedian, Actor and Director)
Ricky Gervais
19
Birthdate: June 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Whitley, Reading, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 12 
Joseph Lister
(British Medical Scientist and a Pioneer in the Field of Antiseptic Medicine and Surgery)
Joseph Lister
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Upton House, West Ham, England
Died: February 10, 1912
 13 
Thomas Henry Huxley
(English Biologist and Anthropologist Specialising in Comparative Anatomy.)
Thomas Henry Huxley
3
Birthdate: May 4, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ealing, London, England
Died: June 29, 1895
 14 
Gilbert K. Chesterton
(One of the Greatest Writers of the 20th Century Best Known as the 'Prince of Paradox')
Gilbert K. Chesterton
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Died: June 14, 1936
 15 
Matthew Vaughn
(Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Writer)
Matthew Vaughn
1
Birthdate: March 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 16 
Carol Thatcher
(Journalist)
Carol Thatcher
2
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
 17 
Derek Jarman
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Diarist, Painter, Costume designer, LGBT rights activist)
Derek Jarman
1
Birthdate: January 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Northwood
Died: February 19, 1994
 18 
Ken Follett
(Novelist)
Ken Follett
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
 19 
David Irving
(Author)
David Irving
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hutton, Brentwood, England
 20 
Gustav Holst
(Was an English Composer)
Gustav Holst
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 21, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Died: May 25, 1934
 21 
Tamara Ecclestone
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 22 
Adrian Smith
(Guitarist)
Adrian Smith
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 23 
Jonny Buckland
(Guitarist)
Jonny Buckland
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London Borough of Islington
 24 
Pietro Boselli
(Italian Model, Engineer, and Former Mathematics Lecturer Known as ‘World’s Sexiest Maths Teacher’)
Pietro Boselli
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: December 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Negrar, Italy
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 25 
Charles K. Kao
(Electrical Engineer and Physicist Who Developed the Use of "Fiber Optics" in Telecommunications)
Charles K. Kao
59
Birthdate: November 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: September 23, 2018
 26 
Justine Frischmann
(Was the Lead Singer of the Britpop band 'Elastica' and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'Suede')
Justine Frischmann
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 27 
Rachel Hurd-Wood
2
Birthdate: August 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Streatham, London, England, UK
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 28 
Mulk Raj Anand
(One of the First India-Based Writers in English to Gain an International Readership)
Mulk Raj Anand
183
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan
Died: September 28, 2004
 29 
Karen Mok
(First female Hong Kong singer to win the Golden Melody Award and has won it a total of three times)
Karen Mok
2
Birthdate: June 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 30 
David Baddiel
(Comedian, Novelist)
David Baddiel
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Troy, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 31 
Christian Jessen
(British Celebrity Doctor Known for His Role in Shows: 'Embarrassing Bodies' and 'Supersize vs Superskinny')
Christian Jessen
3
Birthdate: March 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 32 
Will Champion
(Drummer, Singer)
Will Champion
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton
 33 
Mary Nighy
(Actress)
Mary Nighy
0
Birthdate: July 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
 34 
Marie Stopes
(Paleobotanist & Women’s Rights Activists)
Marie Stopes
2
Birthdate: October 15, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: October 2, 1958
 35 
Raymond Cattell
(Psychologist)
Raymond Cattell
1
Birthdate: March 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England
Died: February 2, 1998
 36 
Jess Greenberg
(British YouTube Personality, Acoustic Guitarist, and Singer)
Jess Greenberg
2
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: December 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 37 
Clarissa Dickson Wright
(Celebrity Cook Who Along with Jennifer Paterson was Known as One of the 'Two Fat Ladies')
Clarissa Dickson Wright
0
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St John's Wood, London, England
Died: March 15, 2014
 38 
Layla Moran
(Politician.)
Layla Moran
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK
 39 
Itō Hirobumi
(Politician, Diplomat)
Itō Hirobumi
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 16, 1841
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yamaguchi Prefecture
Died: October 26, 1909
 40 
Emma Thomas
(Film producer)
Emma Thomas
4
Birthdate: December 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
 41 
James Robertson Justice
(British Actor Best Known for Playing Pompous Authority Figures in Comedy Films)
James Robertson Justice
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lewisham, England
Died: July 2, 1975
 42 
Junichiro Koizumi
(Former Prime Minister of Japan (2001 - 2006))
Junichiro Koizumi
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 43 
Brett Anderson
(British Singer and Songwriter)
Brett Anderson
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, UK
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 44 
Jane Fallon
(Novelist)
Jane Fallon
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 45 
John Maynard Smith
(Mathematician, Evolutionary Biologist, Geneticist and One of the Founding Members of the 'University of Sussex')
John Maynard Smith
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 2004
 46 
Joseph Chamberlain
(Politician)
Joseph Chamberlain
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1836
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, United Kingdom
Died: July 2, 1914
 47 
Hans Eysenck
(British Psychologist Known for His Work on Intelligence and Personality)
Hans Eysenck
2
Birthdate: March 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 4, 1997
 48 
Geoffrey Elton
(Writer, Historian of the modern age, Historian, University teacher, Lawyer)
Geoffrey Elton
0
Birthdate: August 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tübingen
Died: December 3, 1994
 49 
Freddie Stroma
5
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 50 
Simon Baron-Cohen
(Psychologist, University teacher, Psychiatrist, Researcher)
Simon Baron-Cohen
1
Birthdate: August 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
University College London is highly popular across the world, especially among students who want to pursue their postgraduate studies. Also commonly known as ‘UCL’, this great institution is the third oldest in the whole of England. Scroll to see the names of famous celebrities who studied at University College London. The achievements of many of these former students are simply outstanding. The notable alumni of UCL have played a vital role in making it a renowned institution. Scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell is the inventor of the telephone, a genius who has made communication across the world pretty convenient. Indian freedom fighter and lawyer Mahatma Gandhi, Acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan as well as English singer and songwriter Chris Martin are a few famous personalities who studied at UCL. Mahatma Gandhi was the face of the Indian freedom movement and in a great way helped his country gain freedom from the British. Christopher Nolan is one of the most loved filmmakers of recent times and has made several blockbusters like ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Inception’ and ‘Interstellar’. Many youngsters of today are filmmaking aspirants, thanks to Nolan’s contribution to cinema. Popular English comedian and actor Ricky Gervais is another alumnus of University College London who has made his alma mater pretty proud. These individuals are now role models to many people across the world and have been inspiring them to pursue their dreams. We've compiled a list of some of the most famous Harvard students of all time, along with the field/area of their achievements. This list of notable University College London alumni is based on the individual’s achievements and fame. We are quite certain that you will be surprised by some of the notable University College London alumni who made it to this list.