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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Imperial College London and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Imperial College London, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Imperial College London include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Imperial College London alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Imperial College London are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Imperial College London.

List includes Brian May, H. G. Wells, more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Imperial College London?” and “Which celebrities are Imperial College London alumni?”

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Rajiv Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Rajiv Gandhi Pilot, Politician Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was the seventh Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, his mother, to become the ...more

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Anthony R. Barringer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Anthony R. Barringer Inventor, Geologist Anthony R. "Tony" Barringer was a Canadian/American geophysicist. He made numerous contributions to mineral exploration technology. His most famous work was the development of the ...more

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Marc Garneau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Marc Garneau Pilot, Astronaut Joseph Jean-Pierre Marc Garneau, C.C., CD, Ph.D., F.C.A.S.I., MP is a Canadian politician, retired military officer, former astronaut, and engineer. He has served as the Member of Parliament for ...more

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Anthony Hardy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Anthony Hardy Anthony Hardy is an English serial killer.

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Brian May Astrophysicist, Record producer, Guitarist Brian Harold May, CBE is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built electric ...more

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Peter Rice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Peter Rice Structural engineer, Engineer Peter Rice was an Irish structural engineer. Born in 52 Castle Road, Dundalk in County Louth, he spent his childhood between the town of Dundalk, and the villages of Gyles' Quay and Inniskeen. ...more

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Walter Kwok is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Walter Kwok Kwok Ping-sheung, Walter JP is the eldest son of Kwok Tak Seng and Kwong Siu-hing. Together with brothers Thomas and Raymond, they inherited Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong's largest real ...more

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Geoffrey Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Geoffrey Wilkinson Chemist Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson FRS was a Nobel laureate English chemist who pioneered inorganic chemistry and homogeneous transition metal catalysis.

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Lewis Wolpert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Lewis Wolpert Professor, Scientist, Author Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS FRSL FMedSci is South African-born British developmental biologist, author, and broadcaster.

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Andrew Crumey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Andrew Crumey Novelist Andrew Crumey is a novelist and former literary editor of the Edinburgh newspaper Scotland on Sunday.

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Thomas Huxley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Thomas Huxley Biologist, Scientist Thomas Henry Huxley PC FRS FLS was an English biologist, known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Huxley's famous debate in 1860 with ...more

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Ian Liddell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Ian Liddell Educator, Civil engineer, Structural engineer William Ian Liddell CBE FREng FIStructE Hon FRIBA is a structural engineer and the designer of London's Millennium Dome. He was one of the founding partners of Buro Happold and is a Royal ...more

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John Ambrose Fleming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
John Ambrose Fleming Physicist, Electrical engineer, Engineer Sir John Ambrose Fleming FRS was a British electrical engineer and physicist. He is known for inventing the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube. He is also famous for the left hand rule. He ...more

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Robert Ackman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Robert Ackman Educator, Chemist Robert George Ackman, OC was a Canadian chemist and professor. He was best known for his pioneering work on marine oils and Omega-3 fatty acid. Born in Dorchester, New Brunswick, his education ...more

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H. G. Wells is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
H. G. Wells Journalist, Historian, Novelist Herbert George Wells — known as H. G. Wells — was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. ...more

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Feza Gürsey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Feza Gürsey Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist Feza Gürsey was a Turkish mathematician and physicist. Among his most prominent contributions to theoretical physics, his works on the Chiral model and on SU are most popular.

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Thomas Kwok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Thomas Kwok Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong SBS, JP was the Joint-Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties, the largest property developer in Hong Kong, with his brother Raymond Kwok.

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Frederick Gowland Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Frederick Gowland Hopkins Chemist Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins OM FRS was an English biochemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1929, with Christiaan Eijkman, for the discovery of vitamins. He also ...more

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Stanley Hooker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Stanley Hooker Aerospace Engineer, Engineer Sir Stanley George Hooker, FRS,DPhil, BSc, FRAeS, MIMechE, was a jet engine engineer, first at Rolls-Royce where he worked on the earliest designs such as the Welland and Derwent, and later at ...more

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Caribou is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Caribou Record producer, Musician, Composer Daniel Victor "Dan" Snaith is a Canadian composer, musician and recording artist who has performed under the stage names Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni.

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Diomidis Spinellis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Diomidis Spinellis Programmer, Computer scientist Diomidis D. Spinellis is a Greek computer science academic and author of the books Code Reading, Code Quality and Beautiful Architecture. Spinellis holds an MEng degree in Software Engineering ...more

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Claire J. Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Claire J. Tomlin Electrical engineer, Engineer Claire Jennifer Tomlin is a British researcher in hybrid systems, distributed and decentralized optimization and control theory.

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G. Michael Purdy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
G. Michael Purdy Geophysicist, Oceanographer Graham Michael "Mike" Purdy is a British geophysicist and oceanographer who specializes in marine seismology. He is the current Executive Vice President for Research at Columbia ...more

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David Irving is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
David Irving Journalist, Historian, Author David John Cawdell Irving is an English Holocaust denier and author who has written many books on the military and political history of World War II, with a focus on Nazi Germany. His works ...more

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Derek Barton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Derek Barton Chemist Sir Derek Harold Richard Barton PhD FRS, FRSE was an English organic chemist and Nobel Prize laureate for 1969.

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Fred Hassan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Fred Hassan Businessperson Fred Hassan is a managing director at Warburg Pincus, which he joined in 2011. He was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough from 2003 ...more

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Simon Singh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Simon Singh Journalist, Television producer, Author Simon Lehna Singh, MBE is a British popular science author whose works largely contain a strong mathematical element. His written works include Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book, Big Bang, ...more

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William Eccles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
William Eccles Physicist, Electrical engineer, Engineer William Henry Eccles FRS was a British physicist and a pioneer in the development of radio communication. He was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England. Following graduation from the ...more

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William Penney, Baron Penney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
William Penney, Baron Penney Mathematician, Physicist William George Penney, Baron Penney OM, KBE, PhD, DSc, FRS, FRSE, FIC, Hon FCGI, was an English mathematician and professor of mathematical physics at the Imperial College London and later the ...more

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Lancelot Ware is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Lancelot Ware Biochemist, Politician, Barrister Lancelot Lionel Ware OBE was an English barrister and biochemist, he is most well known as the co-founder of Mensa, the international society for intellectually gifted people, with the ...more

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William Crookes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
William Crookes Physicist, Chemist Sir William Crookes, OM, FRS was a British chemist and physicist who attended the Royal College of Chemistry, London, and worked on spectroscopy. He was a pioneer of vacuum tubes, inventing the ...more

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Kevin Warwick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Kevin Warwick Scientist, Cyberneticist, Writer Kevin Warwick is a British engineer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He is known for his studies on direct interfaces between computer systems and the ...more

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S. Francis Boys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
S. Francis Boys Educator, Chemist, Scientist Samuel Francis Boys FRS was a British theoretical chemist.

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Roger Bannister is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Roger Bannister Physician, Athlete Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE is an English former athlete, physician and academic, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile. In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Bannister set a British record in ...more

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Alan Blumlein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Alan Blumlein Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer Alan Dower Blumlein was an English electronics engineer, notable for his many inventions in telecommunications, sound recording, stereophonic sound, television and radar. He received 128 patents ...more

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George Zames is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
George Zames George Zames was a control theorist and professor at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Zames is known for his fundamental contributions to the theory of robust control, and was ...more

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John Scales Avery is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
John Scales Avery Chemist John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an ...more

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Alexander Fleming is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Alexander Fleming Pharmacologist, Biologist, Scientist Sir Alexander Fleming, FRSE, FRS, FRCS was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist. He wrote many articles on bacteriology, immunology, and chemotherapy. His best-known discoveries are ...more

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Richard Beeching, Baron Beechi... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Richard Beeching, Baron Beeching Physicist Richard Beeching, Baron Beeching, commonly known as Dr Beeching, was chairman of British Railways and a physicist and engineer. He became a household name in Britain in the early 1960s for his ...more

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Ken Michael is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Ken Michael Politician, Engineer Kenneth Comninos "Ken" Michael AC, a civil engineer, is an Australian academic and former public servant who was the 32nd Governor of Western Australia, serving from 2006 to 2011.

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Narinder Singh Kapany is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Narinder Singh Kapany Physicist, Scientist Narinder Singh Kapany FREng born 31 October 1926 in Moga, Punjab, India, is an Indian-born American physicist known for his work in fibre optics. He was named as one of the seven 'Unsung Heroes' ...more

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Richard Taylor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Richard Taylor Politician, Physician Richard Thomas Taylor, MBE, FRCP is an English doctor, politician and former Royal Air Force officer. He served as an Independent Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest between 2001 and 2010. He ...more

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George Mercer Dawson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
George Mercer Dawson Geologist George Mercer Dawson CMG FRS FRSC, was a Canadian scientist and surveyor. He was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, the eldest son of Sir John William Dawson, Principal of McGill University and his ...more

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Leslie Valiant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Leslie Valiant Computer scientist, Scientist Leslie Gabriel Valiant FRS is a British computer scientist and computational theorist. He is currently the T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard ...more

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Johnjoe McFadden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Johnjoe McFadden Professor, Science writer Johnjoe McFadden is an Anglo-Irish scientist, academic and writer. He is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom.

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Bhabendra Nath Saikia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Bhabendra Nath Saikia Novelist, Writer, Film Director Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia was a novelist, short story writer and film director from Assam. He won many literary awards, including Sahitya Academy, and was also recognised with the Padma Shri.

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Herbert Dingle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Herbert Dingle Physicist, Astronomer Herbert Dingle was an English physicist and natural philosopher, who served as president of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1951 to 1953. He is best known for his opposition to Albert ...more

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John Fox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
John Fox Mathematician, Scientist, Statistician John Fox is a British statistician, who has worked in both the public service and academia. He was born on 25 April 1946, the son of Fred Frank Fox OBE. He was educated at Dauntsey's School, ...more

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John Frederick Dewey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
John Frederick Dewey Geologist John Frederick Dewey FRS is a British structural geologist and a strong proponent of the theory of plate tectonics, building upon the early work undertaken in the 1960s and 1970s. He is widely ...more

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Sankar Kumar Pal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Imperial College London Alumni
Sankar Kumar Pal Computer scientist, Engineer Sankar Kumar Pal is a Distinguished Scientist and former Director of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India. He is a computer scientist with an international reputation on fuzzy neural ...more