Which university boasts the best famous alumni?

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lse have had mick jagger, well he was registered, judge jools, Maurice Saatchi and Loyd Grossman, as well as a lot of famous academics, politicians, financiers and business people, heads of states and figures altho i dont think this thread is looking at them in particular
no, cos we know intelligent influential people went to them as thats what uni is meant to be for...i was just looking at the random unusual people who could have been influenced by scenery, people, social life etc.
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lse have had mick jagger, well he was registered, judge jools, Maurice Saatchi and Loyd Grossman, as well as a lot of famous academics, politicians, financiers and business people, heads of states and figures altho i dont think this thread is looking at them in particular
JFK, Carlos the Jackal, Cherie Booth(Blair)...
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Cambridge has some quite cool people actually... Like Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
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u people dont know squat!

who is more famous than gandhi! he went ucl! that smashes it completely man! see their website if u dont believe me.
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LSE is the place to go if you want to mingle with future world leaders....or future Mick Jaggers...
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u people dont know squat!

who is more famous than gandhi! he went ucl! that smashes it completely man! see their website if u dont believe me.
Quite a lot of people are more famous than Gandhi...
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Quite a lot of people are more famous than Gandhi...
David Beckham, Britney spears....
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Oxford (this list is by no means definitive, and many are missing) :

Balliol (1263)
John Wycliffe, Adam Smith, William Beveridge, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hilaire Belloc, Aldous Huxley, King Olav V of Norway, King Harald of Norway, Edward Heath, Harold Macmillan, Grahame Greene, Siegfried Sassoon, Denis Healey, Roy Jenkins, Cosmo Lang, Frederick Temple, William Temple, Herbert Asquith, Joe Grimond, Nevil Shute, Chris Patten, Lionel Blue, Boris Johnson, Lord Peter Wimsey

Brasenose (1509)
William Webb Ellis, Colin Cowdrey, William Golding, Robert Runcie, Michael Palin, John Buchan, Field Marshal Haig, Stephen Dorrell, John Gorton

Christ Church (1546)
Philip Sidney, John Locke, Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren, John Ruskin, Zulfikar Bhutto, John Taverner, Adrian Boult, William Walton, Lewis Carroll, WH Auden, Auberon Waugh, Edward VII, Ludovic Kennedy, Lord Fawsley, John Wesley, Charles Wesley, William Penn, Albert Einstein, David Dimbleby, Robert Peel, William Gladstone, Marquess of Salisbury, Anthony Eden, Alec Douglas Home, Nigel Lawson, Trevor Huddleston, Jonathan Aitken, Alan Clarke

Corpus Christi (1517)
William Waldegrave, John Keble, Vikram Seth, Robert Bridges, Isaiah Berlin
Exeter (1314)
RD Blackmore, JRR Tolkien, Geoffrey Fisher, Hubert Parry, Edward Burne-Jones, Roger Bannister, Ned Sherrin, Robert Robinson, Richard Burton, Martin Amis, Russell Harty, Alan Bennett, William Morris, Imogen Stubbs, Will Self

Hertford (1740)
John Donne, William Tyndale, Jonathan Swift, Henry Pelham, Evelyn Waugh, Thomas Hobbes, Charles James Fox

Jesus (1571)
Harold Wilson, Magnus Magnusson, Paul Jones, TE Lawrence

Keble (1870)
Imran Khan, Chad Varah, Timmy Mallett

Lady Margaret Hall (1878)
Benazir Bhutto, Antonia Fraser, Barbara Mills

Lincoln (1427)
John Wesley, John Le Carre, Manfred von Richtofen, Dr Seuss

Magdalen (1458)
John Betjeman, Edward VIII, Keith Joseph, Ivor Novello, Dudley Moore, Kenneth Baker, CS Lewis, Desmond Morris, John Redwood, Oscar Wilde, Cardinal Wolsey, Bertie Wooster, William Hague, Malcolm Fraser

Mansfield (1886)
Von Trott (tried to assassinate Hitler)

Merton (1264)
William Harvey, Max Beerbohm, TS Eliot, Sheridan Morley, Roger Bannister, Frank Bough, Kris Kristofferson, Prince Naruhito, John Wycliffe

New (1379)
William Spooner, John Galsworthy, Hugh Gaitskell, Tony Benn, Dennis Potter, Gyles Brandreth, Douglas Jardine, Hugh Grant, Brian Johnston, John Fowles

Oriel (1326)
Cardinal Newman, Cecil Rhodes, Beau Brummel, Sir Walter Raleigh

Pembroke (1624)
Michael Heseltine, Samuel Johnson, Julian Critchley, Denzil Davies

Queen's (1341)
Edmund Halley, Brian Walden, David Jenkins, Jeremy Bentham, Rowan Atkinson, Henry V, Gerald Kaufman, Tim Berners-Lee

St Anne's (1893)
Edwina Currie, Penelope Lively, Simon Rattle, Iris Murdoch, Sister Wendy Beckett, Baroness Young, Libby Purves, Jancis Robinson

St Catherine's (1963)
John Birt, John Paul Getty, Joseph Heller, AA Milne, Matthew Pinsent, Peter Mandelson, Jeanette Winterson

St Edmund Hall (1278)
Robin Day, Terry Jones

St Hilda's (1893)
Gillian Shephard, Zeinab Badawi, Helen Jackson, Ros Miles, Susan Greenfield, Val McDermid

St Hugh's (1886)
Barbara Castle, Ruth Lawrence, Kate Adie

St John's (1555)
AE Housman, Jethro Tull, Kingsley Amis, Robert Graves, Philip Larkin, John Wain, Tony Blair, Inspector Morse

St Peter's (1929)
Peter Wright, Rev W Awdry, Paul Condon, Ken Loach

Somerville (1879)
Margaret Thatcher, Vera Brittain, Iris Murdoch, Dorothy L Sayers, Esther Rantzen, Indira Gandhi, Shirley Williams, Dorothy Hodgkin

Trinity (1554)
Laurence Binyon, Terence Rattigan, Jeremy Thorpe, Cardinal Newman, Norris McWhirter, Miles Kingston, Robin Leigh-Pemberton

University (1249)
Clement Atlee, Hugh Gaitskell, Harold Wilson, William Beveridge, Stephen Hawking, Paul Gambaccini, Peter Sissons, CS Lewis, Bill Clinton, Willie Rushton, Peter Snow, Bob Hawke, Richard Ingrams, VS Naipaul, Percy Shelley, Chelsea Clinton

Wadham (1610)
Cecil Day Lewis, Thomas Beecham, Michael Foot, Melvyn Bragg, Christopher Wren

Worcester (1714)
Alastair Burnett, Richard Adams, Rupert Murdoch, John Sainsbury, Thomas de Quincey


Most topically, Lord Butler went to and is Master of University College, Oxford.
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Descriptions of some of them:

1231 Roger Bacon, scholar
1303 William of Ockham, philosopher and theologian
1360 John Wyclif, religious reformer
1382 Jerome of Prague, Czech religious reformer
1480 Thomas Wolsey, Lord Chancellor and Churchman
1492 Sir Thomas More, statesman and martyr
1499 Desiderius Erasmus, humanist and scholar
1520 William Tyndale, translator of the Bible
1572 Sir Walter Raleigh, explorer and statesman
1572 Sir Philip Sydney, poet
1584 John Donne, poet
1589 Archbishop Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury
1608 Thomas Hobbes, philosopher
1620 William Harvey, scientist, discoverer of the circulation of the blood
1647 Sir Christopher Wren, architect
1650 John Locke, philosopher
1654 Robert Boyle, scientist
1660 William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania
1675 Edmund Halley, astronomer
1692 Jethro Tull, agriculturalist and inventor
1710 Henry Pelham, UK Prime Minister 1743-54
1720 Jonathan Swift, author
1726 William Pitt the Elder, UK Prime Minister 1726
1728 Dr Samuel Johnson, diarist and writer
1744 Adam Smith, political economist
1787 George Canning, UK Prime Minister, 1827
1805 Sir Robert Peel, UK Prime Minister 1834-35 & 1841046
1810 John Keble, theologian
1816 Cardinal Newman, theologian
1828 William Gladstone, British Prime Minister
1834 John Ruskin, educational reformer and art critic
1851 Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), author
1852 William Morris, artist and poet
1853 Edward Burne-Jones, artist
1873 Cecil Rhodes, statesman and philanthropist
1874 Oscar Wilde, author
1886 Gertrude Bell, explorer
1895 Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children
1897 Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
1901 Clement Attlee, UK Prime Minister 1945-51
1907 Lawrence of Arabia, soldier and diplomat
1908 Sir Adrian Boult, conductor
1911 J R R Tolkien, author
1912 Harold Macmillan, UK Prime Minister 1957-63
1914 T S Eliot, poet
1916 Aldous Huxley, author
1919 Alfred, Lord Denning, former Master of the Rolls
1919 Anthony Eden, UK Prime Minister 1955-57
1922 Graham Greene, author
1922 Evelyn Waugh, author
1925 J William Fulbright, founder of the Fulbright scholarships
1925 W H Auden, poet
1926 Dr Theodeor Seuss Geisel, children's author and cartoonist
1926 Louis Macniece, poet
1928 Dorothy Hodgkin, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1964
1928 Sir Isaiah Berlin, philosopher
1930 William Golding, Nobel Laureate in Literature 1932
1934 Harold Wilson, UK Prime Minister 1964-70, 1974-76
1935 Edward Heath, UK Prime Minister 1970-74
1938 Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India 1966-1977 & 1980-84
1938 Dame Iris Murdoch, novelist and philosopher
1941 Robert Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury
1941 Kingsley Amis, author
1942 Tony Benn, politician
1943 Baroness Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister
1946 Sir Roger Bannister, athlete and neurosurgeon
1947 Sir Robin Day, writer and broadcaster
1948 Baroness Williams of Crosby, politician and academic
1949 Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia 1975-83
1950 Sir Vidia S Naipaul, Nobel Laureate in Literature 2001
1951 Colin Cowdrey, cricketer
1953 Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia 1983-1991
1954 Alan Bennett, playwright
1956 Dennis Potter, playwright
1957 Dudley Moore, actor
1959 Professor Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist
1960 Dr Frene Ginwala, Speaker of the South African Assembly
1961 John Kufuor, President of Ghana 2001-
1962 Michael Palin, broadcaster
1962 Joanna Trollope, novelist
1964 Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate (Peace)
1965 Philip Pullman, novelist
1968 Bill Clinton, President of the United States 1992-2000
1968 Martin Amis, novelist
1968 Jancis Robinson, wine expert
1969 Rick Stein, chef and broadcaster
1970 Professor Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi
1971 Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate 1999-
1972 The Rt Hon Tony Blair, British Prime Minister
1973 Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web
1975 Rowan Atkinson, comedian
1975 Angus Deayton, comedian
1976 Helen Fielding, author
1978 Jeanette Winterson, novelist
1979 Hugh Grant, actor
1979 Nigella Lawson, broadcaster
1980 Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
1982 Armando Iannucci, comedian
1982 Fiona Bruce, television presenter
1983 Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan
1984 King Abdullah of Jordan
1987 Yvette Cooper, MP, politician
1989 Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary 1998-2002
1989 Matthew Pinsent, Olympic gold medal rower
1992 Alex Coomber, Olympic bronze-medal winning skeleton bob slider
1993 Emilia Fox, actress
1994 Stephanie Cook, Olympic gold-medal winning pentathlete
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some of u people are so thick!

beckham or britney aint more famous than gandhi!

in 200 years, gandhi,s name will be still here, but where will those people be???

gandhi was the man, i saw him at cocktails once, we had jokes, ah man memeories.
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Apparently Bristol's alumni includes Sue Lawley, Alistair Stewart, Chris Woodhead, Kieran Bracken, Trude Mostue, Richard Sykes (Rector of Imperial College), **** King-Smith, Simon Pegg, Deborah Moggach, Roger Holmes (CEO of Marks & Spencer's), Jemima Goldsmith, Sahar Hashemi (Founder of Coffee Republic), Plum Sykes, Peter Williams (CEO of Selfridges), Kate Sanderson, Laura Trevelyan, Lembit Opik, Judy Finnigan, Emily Watson, Derren Brown, and had Winston Churchill as Chancellor. If that's of interest to anyone :rolleyes:
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I think I read that Michael Jackson is the most famous person in the world and something like 99% of people on the planet know who he is
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KCL had Keats, Lister, Maxwell, and Florence Nightingale to name a few (to be honest I don't think they have that many famous alumni but I'm being loyal)
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(Original post by clare_m)
ive started this thread after finding out that Thom Yorke ( Radiohead lead singer for those who don't know - though you SHOULD :mad: ) went to Exeter university and rumour has it that he wrote Creep in the toilets of the local bar...hmmm, not sure about that but still a v. cool and talented person.
Also, J.K. Rowling went to the uni as did Will Young - i dislike these people v much but im sure SOME people must like them...
Well not Warwick as there alumini can boast the likes of Timmy Mallet!.....I so know that someones going to post v. shortly saying
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But Timmy Mallet is well cool!
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*sigh* dundee..

Sir James Black - Nobel Laureate, Medicine (was a chancellor)
Brian Cox - Actor
George Robertson MP - (Labour) Secretary General, NATO
Sir Robert Horton - Chairman, Railtrack plc
Eric Sanderson - Chief Executive, Bank of Scotland


oh and i think lorraine kelly is rector

lou xxx

edit: and the queen mother was chancellor as well
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KCL had Keats, Lister, Maxwell, and Florence Nightingale to name a few (to be honest I don't think they have that many famous alumni but I'm being loyal)
And H. G. Wells? I think he was an extramural student there.
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Famous alumni???

Trinity College, Cambridge - Shiny (UK-L Superhero in Pink)
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Oxford (this list is by no means definitive, and many are missing) :

Balliol (1263)
John Wycliffe, Adam Smith, William Beveridge, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hilaire Belloc, Aldous Huxley, King Olav V of Norway, King Harald of Norway, Edward Heath, Harold Macmillan, Grahame Greene, Siegfried Sassoon, Denis Healey, Roy Jenkins, Cosmo Lang, Frederick Temple, William Temple, Herbert Asquith, Joe Grimond, Nevil Shute, Chris Patten, Lionel Blue, Boris Johnson, Lord Peter Wimsey

bless. got to love the ancestors.
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some of u people are so thick!

beckham or britney aint more famous than gandhi!

in 200 years, gandhi,s name will be still here, but where will those people be???

gandhi was the man, i saw him at cocktails once, we had jokes, ah man memeories.
Still quite a lot of people more famous than Gandhi.

And I think three Michael Palins equal one Gandhi.
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I think I read that Michael Jackson is the most famous person in the world and something like 99% of people on the planet know who he is
98% of British adults know that Tony Blair is PM.
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