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

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

List contains graduates like Boris Karloff and Arthur C. Clarke.

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

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Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Novelist, Inventor, Author Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for ...more

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Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society ...more

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Michael Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Politician Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary leader, Minister for Finance, Director of Information, and Teachta Dála for Cork South in the First Dáil of 1919, Adjutant General, ...more

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Greer Garson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Actor Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson Fogelson, CBE, was a English-American actress who was very popular during World War II, being listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America's top ten box ...more

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Boris Karloff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Actor, Voice acting William Henry Pratt, better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor. Karloff is best remembered for his roles in horror films and especially for his portrayal of ...more

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John Keats is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Poet, Physician John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in ...more

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Quentin Crisp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Illustrator, Raconteur, Art Model Quentin Crisp was an English writer and raconteur. From a conventional suburban background Crisp grew up with effeminate tendencies which he flaunted by parading the streets in make-up and ...more

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Thomas Hardy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Thomas Hardy, OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William ...more

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Christopher Isherwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood was an English novelist.

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Derek Jarman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Gardener, Author, Writer Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author.

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John MacGregor, Baron MacGrego... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
John Roddick Russell MacGregor, Baron MacGregor of Pulham Market, OBE PC FKC, is a politician in the United Kingdom. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School, then at the University of St ...more

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David Watmough is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Novelist, Writer, Playwright David Arthur Watmough is a Canadian playwright, short story writer and novelist. Watmaugh was born in London, England, and attended King's College London. He has worked as a reporter BBC Third ...more

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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Politician, Professor, Scientist Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, ...more

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John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Bassist, Electronics engineer, Musician John Richard Deacon is a retired English musician, best known as the bassist for the rock band Queen. Of the four members of the band, he was the last to join and also the youngest, being only ...more

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Florence Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Nurse, Statistical graphics, Nursing Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by ...more

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Louis Slotin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Physicist, Chemist Louis Alexander Slotin was a Canadian physicist and chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project. On 21 May 1946, Slotin accidentally began a fission reaction, which released a burst of hard ...more

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Charles Lyell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Geologist, Lawyer Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, FRS was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton's concepts ...more

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Edmund Gwenn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Actor Edmund Gwenn was an English actor. On film he is perhaps best remembered for his role as Kris Kringle in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, for which he won an Academy Award for Best ...more

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Julie Morgan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Politician Julie Morgan AM is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Cardiff North from 1997 until 2010; she is married to former First Minister of Wales, Rhodri Morgan. ...more

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Peter Asher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician Peter L. Asher CBE is a British guitarist, singer, manager and record producer. He first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the pop music vocal duo Peter and Gordon, before going on ...more

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Charles Scott Sherrington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Bacteriologist, Neurophysiologist, Pathologist Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, OM, GBE, PRS was an English neurophysiologist, histologist, bacteriologist, and a pathologist, Nobel laureate and president of the Royal Society in the early ...more

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Elizabeth Smart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Elizabeth Ann Smart-Gilmour is an American activist and contributor for ABC News. She first gained widespread attention at the age of 14 when she was kidnapped from her home and rescued nine ...more

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Kele Okereke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Composer Kelechukwu "Kele" Rowland Okereke, also known by the mononym Kele, is a British musician, best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the indie rock band Bloc Party.

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Radclyffe Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Novelist, Writer Radclyffe Hall was an English poet and author, best known for the novel The Well of Loneliness. The novel has become a groundbreaking work in lesbian literature.

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Reginald McKenna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Reginald McKenna was a British banker and Liberal politician. He notably served as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer during the premiership of H. H. Asquith. His first post under ...more

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Miriam Rothschild is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Scientist Dame Miriam Louisa Rothschild DBE FRS was a British natural scientist and author with contributions to zoology, entomology, and botany.

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Davitt Moroney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Harpsichordist Davitt Moroney is a British-born and educated musicologist, harpsichordist and organist. His parents were of Irish and Italian extraction – his father was an executive with the Anglo-Dutch ...more

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Lewis Wolpert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Author Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS FRSL FMedSci is South African-born British developmental biologist, author, and broadcaster.

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Uta Frith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Psychologist Uta Frith, DBE, FRS, FBA, FMedSci is a developmental psychologist working at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. She has pioneered much of the current research ...more

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Maureen Duffy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer Maureen Patricia Duffy is a contemporary British novelist, poet, playwright, nonfiction author and activist. Duffy's work often uses Freudian ideas and Greek mythology as frameworks. Her writing ...more

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Richard Kostelanetz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Richard Kostelanetz Richard Cory Kostelanetz is an American artist, author and critic. He was born to Boris Kostelanetz and Ethel Cory and is the nephew of the conductor Andre Kostelanetz. After a lifetime in ...more

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Kamran Parsaye is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni

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William Baker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
William Baker is a fashion designer, stylist and author and theatre director, best known for his work with musician Kylie Minogue. Baker attended the Manchester Grammar School, where he was ...more

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Desmond Tutu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Priest Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black ...more

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William Schwenck Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Illustrator, Poet, Librettist Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. ...more

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Michael Nyman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Film Score Composer, Pianist, Librettist Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for numerous film scores, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane ...more

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Alfred Ainger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Biographer, Critic Alfred Ainger was an English biographer and critic.

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John Maddox is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Editor, Book editor, Journalist Sir John Royden Maddox, FRS was a British science writer. He was an editor of Nature for 22 years, from 1966–1973 and 1980–1995.

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Graeme Garden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Author David Graeme Garden OBE is a British comedian, author, actor, artist and television presenter, best known as a member of The Goodies.

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Jonathan Sacks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Rabbi Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks, Kt is a rabbi, philosopher and scholar of Judaism. He served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. As ...more

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Francis Galton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Polymath, Inventor, Scientist Sir Francis Galton, FRS was an English Victorian progressive, polymath, sociologist, psychologist, anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, ...more

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Cicely Saunders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Nurse, Social Worker, Physician Dame Cicely Mary Saunders, OM, DBE, FRCS, FRCP, FRCN was an English Anglican nurse, social worker, physician and writer, involved with many international universities. She is best known for her ...more

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Edward Walter Maunder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Astronomer Walter Maunder was an English astronomer best remembered for his study of sunspots and the solar magnetic cycle that led to his identification of the period from 1645 to 1715 that is now known ...more

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Martin Bashir is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Musician Martin Bashir is a British journalist, who was a political commentator for MSNBC, hosting Martin Bashir, and a correspondent for NBC's Dateline NBC. He was previously an anchor for ABC's ...more

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David Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Environmentalist, Professor, Presenter David James Bellamy OBE is an English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist. He has lived in County Durham since 1960.

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Marcelo Gleiser is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Physicist, Science writer Marcelo Gleiser is a Brazilian physicist and astronomer. He is currently Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College.

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Owen Willans Richardson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Physicist Sir Owen Willans Richardson, FRS was a British physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1928 for his work on thermionic emission, which led to Richardson's Law.

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V. K. Samaranayake is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Vidya Jyothi V. K. Samaranayake, MBCS, MCS, FNASSL, MIEEE pioneered computing & IT development industry and usage in Sri Lanka and thus considered as the "Father of Information ...more

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Richard A. Proctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Astronomer Richard Anthony Proctor was an English astronomer. He is best remembered for having produced one of the earliest maps of Mars in 1867 from 27 drawings by the English observer William Rutter ...more

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Walter Frank Raphael Weldon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous King's College London Alumni
Statistician Walter Frank Raphael Weldon DSc FRS generally called Raphael Weldon, was an English evolutionary biologist and a founder of biometry. He was the joint founding editor of Biometrika, with Francis ...more