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Famous King's College, Cambridge Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 12.5k views300 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to King's College, Cambridge and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from King's College, Cambridge, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from King's College, Cambridge include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished King's College, Cambridge alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended King's College, Cambridge 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 King's College, Cambridge.

List is made up of graduates like Alan Turing and Salman Rushdie.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to King's College, Cambridge?” and “Which celebrities are King's College, Cambridge alumni?”
  • 1

    Rupert Brooke

    Poet, Writer

    AgeDec. at 28 (1887-1915)

    BirthplaceRugby, United Kingdom


    Rupert Chawner Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915) was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". He was also known for his...  more

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  • 2

    Alan Turing

    Mathematician, Logician

    AgeDec. at 42 (1912-1954)

    BirthplaceMaida Vale, London, United Kingdom


    Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in...  more

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  • 3

    E. M. Forster

    Librettist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 91 (1879-1970)

    BirthplaceMarylebone, London, United Kingdom


    Edward Morgan Forster (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970) was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. Many of his novels examined class difference and hypocrisy, including A...  more

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  • 4

    Johann Hari

    Journalist, Writer


    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom


    Johann Eduard Hari (born 21 January 1979) is a Swiss-British writer and journalist. Hari has written for publications including The Independent and The Huffington Post and has written books on the...  more
  • 5

    John Maynard Keynes

    Politician, Investor

    AgeDec. at 63 (1883-1946)

    BirthplaceCambridge, United Kingdom


    John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes ( KAYNZ; 5 June 1883 – 21 April 1946), was a British economist, trained mathematician, whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of...  more

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  • 6

    Salman Rushdie

    Copywriter, Novelist


    BirthplaceMumbai, India


    Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best...  more


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  • 7

    AgeDec. at 77 (1897-1974)

    BirthplaceKensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, London, United Kingdom


    Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, Baron Blackett (18 November 1897 – 13 July 1974) was a British experimental physicist known for his work on cloud chambers, cosmic rays, and paleomagnetism, winning...  more
  • 8

    David Baddiel

    Comedian, Novelist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America


    David Lionel Baddiel (; born 28 May 1964) is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. He is known for his work alongside Rob Newman in The Mary Whitehouse Experience and partnership...  more
  • 9

    Thomas Adès

    Conductor, Pianist


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    Thomas Adès (born 1 March 1971) is a British composer, pianist and conductor....  more

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  • 10

    George Santayana

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 89 (1863-1952)

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain


    Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana (; December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Originally from...  more

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  • 11

    AgeDec. at 86 (1837-1923)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    Oscar Browning OBE (17 January 1837 – 6 October 1923) was a British educationalist, historian and bon viveur, a well-known Cambridge personality during the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. An...  more
  • 12

    Martin Bell

    Politician, Journalist


    BirthplaceRedisham, United Kingdom


    Martin Bell, OBE, (born 31 August 1938) is a British UNICEF (UNICEF UK) Ambassador, a former broadcast war reporter and former independent politician who became the Member of Parliament (MP) for ...  more
  • 13

    Richard Cox

    Richard Cox (c. 1500 – 22 July 1581) was an English clergyman, who was Dean of Westminster and Bishop of Ely....  more
  • 14

    Sam Means

    Television producer, Screenwriter


    Sam Means is an American comedy writer. He won three Emmy awards for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and wrote for both 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation on NBC. He is currently a writer...  more
  • 15

    Keith Hopkins


    AgeDec. at 70 (1934-2004)

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom


    Morris Keith Hopkins (20 June 1934 – 8 March 2004) was a British historian and sociologist. He was professor of ancient history at the University of Cambridge from 1985 to 2000. Hopkins had a...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 89 (1921-2010)

    BirthplaceLausanne, Switzerland


    Charles le Gai Eaton (also known as Hasan le Gai Eaton or Hassan Abdul Hakeem; 1 January 1921 – 26 February 2010) was a British diplomat, writer and Sufist Islamic scholar....  more
  • 17

    Michael Ignatieff

    Politician, Journalist


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada


    Michael Grant Ignatieff (; born May 12, 1947) is a Canadian author, academic and former politician. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2008...  more
  • 18

    C. R. Rao

    Mathematician, Statistician


    BirthplaceHoovina Hadagali, India


    Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao, FRS known as C R Rao (born 10 September 1920) is an Indian-American mathematician and statistician. He is currently professor emeritus at Pennsylvania State University...  more
  • 19

    Robin Milner

    Computer scientist

    AgeDec. at 76 (1934-2010)

    BirthplaceYealmpton, United Kingdom


    Arthur John Robin Gorell Milner (13 January 1934 – 20 March 2010), known as Robin Milner or A. J. R. G. Milner, was a British computer scientist, and a Turing Award winner. ...  more
  • 20

    Karl Pearson

    Mathematician, Writer

    AgeDec. at 79 (1857-1936)

    BirthplaceIslington, London, United Kingdom


    Karl Pearson (; born Carl Pearson; 27 March 1857 – 27 April 1936) was an English mathematician and biostatistician. He has been credited with establishing the discipline of mathematical statistics....  more
  • 21

    Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

    Professor, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 79 (1893-1972)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India


    Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis OBE, FNA, FASc, FRS (29 June 1893 – 28 June 1972) was an Indian Bengali scientist and applied statistician. He is best remembered for the Mahalanobis distance, a...  more
  • 22

    Christopher Strachey

    Programmer, Computer scientist

    AgeDec. at 59 (1916-1975)

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom


    Christopher S. Strachey (; 16 November 1916 – 18 May 1975) was a British computer scientist. He was one of the founders of denotational semantics, and a pioneer in programming language design. He was...  more
  • 23


    BirthplaceFontmell Magna, United Kingdom


    Sir John Eliot Gardiner, CBE HonFBA (born 20 April 1943) is an English conductor, particularly known for his performances of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and of other baroque music....  more
  • 24

    Mervyn King

    Professor, Economist


    BirthplaceChesham Bois, United Kingdom


    Mervyn Allister King, Baron King of Lothbury, (born 30 March 1948) is a British economist and public servant who served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 to 2013. Born in Chesham...  more
  • 25

    Stephen Poliakoff

    Television director, Theatre Director


    BirthplaceHolland Park


    Stephen Poliakoff (born 1 December 1952) is a British playwright, director and scriptwriter....  more