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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Merton College, Oxford and be of some renown.

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

Everything from Kris Kristofferson to T. S. Eliot is included on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Merton College, Oxford?” and “Which celebrities are Merton College, Oxford alumni?”

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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Film Score Composer, Musician, Military Officer Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is known for writing and recording such hits as "Me and Bobby ...more

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Airey Neave is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Politician, Soldier, Barrister Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave DSO, OBE, MC, TD was a British army officer, barrister and politician. During World War II, Neave was one of the few servicemen to escape from the German ...more

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James Clark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Programmer James Clark, is the author of groff and expat and has done much work with open-source software and XML. Born in London, and educated at Charterhouse and Merton College, Oxford, Clark has lived ...more

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T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Lyricist Thomas Stearns Eliot OM, usually known as T. S. Eliot, was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". He was born ...more

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Ben Summerskill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Journalist Ben Jeffrey Peter Summerskill OBE was the Chief Executive of the UK-based lesbian, gay and bisexual equality organisation Stonewall, the largest gay equality body in Europe, from 2003 to 2014. ...more

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Alister McGrath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Theologian, Professor Alister Edgar McGrath is a Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and ...more

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Ian Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author Sir Ian Kershaw, FBA is a British historian and author whose work has chiefly focused on the social history of 20th century Germany. He is regarded by many as one of the world's leading experts ...more

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Tony Hoare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Computer scientist, Scientist Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare FRS FREng, commonly known as Tony Hoare or C. A. R. Hoare, is a British computer scientist. He developed the sorting algorithm quicksort in 1959/1960. He also ...more

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Alexander Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Barrister, Cartoonist, Animator Alexander "Alex" Williams is an English film animator and cartoonist. He is the son of animator Richard Williams. He has worked on numerous animated films, and is the author of the ...more

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Andrew Wiles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Mathematician Sir Andrew John Wiles, KBE, FRS is a British mathematician and a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in number theory. He is most notable for proving ...more

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Howard Stringer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Businessperson, Journalist Sir Howard Stringer is a Welsh-born American businessman. He served as Chairman of the Board, chairman, president and CEO of Sony Corporation. He is also the head of the board of trustees of the ...more

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Rick Levin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Economist Richard Charles Levin is a professor of economics and the longest tenured president of Yale University, serving from 1993 to 2013. In March 2014, he became Chief Executive Officer of Coursera.

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Michael A. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Programmer, Computer scientist Michael Anthony Jackson is a British computer scientist, and independent computing consultant in London, England. He is also part-time researcher at AT&T Labs Research, Florham Park, NJ, ...more

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Anthony James Leggett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Physicist Sir Anthony James Leggett, KBE, FRS, also Tony Leggett, has been a Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1983. Professor Leggett is widely recognized as a ...more

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Reynolds Price is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Poet, Professor, Novelist Reynolds Price, born Edward Reynolds Price, was an American poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist and James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. Apart from English literature, Price ...more

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Crown Prince Naruhito is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Violist Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan is the eldest son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, which makes him the heir apparent to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan.

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Adam Hart-Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Presenter Adam John Hart-Davis is an English polymath, comprising scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster, well known in the UK for presenting the BBC television series Local Heroes and ...more

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Wilder Penfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Physician, Surgeon Wilder Graves Penfield OM CC CMG FRS was a pioneering neurosurgeon once dubbed "the greatest living Canadian". He expanded brain surgery's methods and techniques, including mapping the ...more

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William Feindel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Physician William Howard Feindel, OC GOQ FRSC was a Canadian neurosurgeon, scientist and professor. Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, he received a B.A. in Biology from Acadia University in 1939, a M.Sc. ...more

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John Davenport is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
John Davenport was an English Puritan clergyman and co-founder of the American colony of New Haven.

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Max Beerbohm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Novelist, Essayist Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm was an English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist best known today for his 1911 novel Zuleika Dobson.

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Bob Krueger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Academician Robert Charles Krueger is an American politician and former U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Texas, a former U.S. Ambassador, and a member of the Democratic Party. As of 2015, he is the ...more

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Nikolaas Tinbergen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Nikolaas "Niko" Tinbergen FRS was a Dutch biologist and ornithologist who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Karl von Frisch and Konrad Lorenz for their ...more

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Roger Bannister is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
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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Frederick Soddy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Chemist Frederick Soddy FRS was an English radiochemist who explained, with Ernest Rutherford, that radioactivity is due to the transmutation of elements, now known to involve nuclear reactions. He also ...more

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Alec Jeffreys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Geneticist, Professor, Scientist Professor Sir Alec John Jeffreys, FRS is a British geneticist, who developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used worldwide in forensic science to assist police ...more

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Reginald Maudling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Reginald Maudling was a British politician who held several Cabinet posts, including Chancellor of the Exchequer. He had been spoken of as a prospective Conservative leader since 1955, and was ...more

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Arthur Mutambara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Roboticist, Politician Arthur Guseni Oliver Mutambara is a Zimbabwean politician. He became the president of the Movement for Democratic Change in February 2006. He has worked as the managing director and CEO of ...more

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William of Ockham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Philosopher William of Ockham was an English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher and theologian, who is believed to have been born in Ockham, a small village in Surrey. He is considered to be one of ...more

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Anthony Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Antiquarian Anthony Wood or Anthony à Wood was an English antiquary.

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John Graves Simcoe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
John Graves Simcoe was a British army officer and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791 to 1796. Then frontier, this was modern-day southern Ontario and the watersheds of ...more

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Mark Haddon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Illustrator, Novelist, Screenwriter Mark Haddon is an English novelist, best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He won the Whitbread Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize for that work.

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Aubrey Manning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Professor, Zoologist, Writer Aubrey William George Manning, OBE, FRSE, FIBiol, is a distinguished English zoologist and broadcaster.

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John Wilfred Stanier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Field Marshal Sir John Wilfred Stanier, GCB, MBE was Chief of the General Staff. He was the first person after the Second World War to become the professional head of the British Army without ...more

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Northrop Frye is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Literary critic, Critic, Philosopher Herman Northrop Frye, CC FRSC was a Canadian literary critic and literary theorist, considered one of the most influential of the 20th century. Frye gained international fame with his first ...more

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Sir Howard J. Davies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Sir Howard Davies is the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, having taken over the post in 2003 from sociologist Anthony, now Lord, Giddens.

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Lord Randolph Churchill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Politician Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill PC was a British statesman. He was the third son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough, and his wife, Lady Frances Vane. He was the father of Winston Churchill, ...more

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Mark Thompson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Mark John Thompson is a British media executive and current CEO of the New York Times Company. A former chief executive of Channel 4, he is best known as Director-General of the BBC from 2004 to

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John Wycliffe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
John Wycliffe was an English Scholastic philosopher, theologian, lay preacher, translator, reformer and university teacher at Oxford in England. He was an influential dissident in the Roman ...more

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Oliver Ford Davies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Actor, Writer Oliver Robert Ford Davies is an English actor and writer.

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Geoffrey Cheshire is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Barrister Geoffrey Chevalier Cheshire, DCL, LLD, FBA was an English barrister, scholar and influential writer on law. He was the father of Leonard Cheshire, VC, the English war hero and founder of the ...more

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Lennox Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Film Score Composer, Composer Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley was an English composer.

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St. John Emile Clavering Hanki... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
St. John Emile Clavering Hankin Playwright St. John Emile Clavering Hankin was a British Edwardian essayist and playwright. Along with George Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy, and Harley Granville-Barker, he was a major exponent of ...more

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Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury Politician Hardinge Stanley Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury PC, QC was a leading barrister, politician and government minister. He served thrice as Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.

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Richard Steele is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Sir Richard Steele was an Irish writer and politician, remembered as co-founder, with his friend Joseph Addison, of the magazine The Spectator.

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Edward Lucie-Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Edward Lucie-Smith John Edward McKenzie Lucie-Smith is a British writer, poet, art critic, curator, broadcaster and author of exhibition catalogues.

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Tim Mitchison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Professor Timothy John "Tim" Mitchison, PhD, FRS is a British systems biologist. He is Hasib Sabbagh Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard University in the United States.

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Ed Vaizey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Journalist The Hon Edward Henry Butler Vaizey MP is HM Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State post with responsibilities in both the ...more

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Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Lawyer Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr. was an American government official and college president and administrator. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1936 as a member of Sigma Chi and Pershing ...more

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Howard Davies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Merton College, Oxford Alumni
Economist Sir Howard John Davies teaches courses on the regulation of financial markets and central banking at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po. He previously served as the first ...more