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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