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

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

List features graduates like Emma Thompson and Sylvia Plath.

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

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Emma Thompson Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter Emma Thompson is a British actress, comedienne, screenwriter and author. Cited as one of the greatest British actresses of her generation, she is known for her portrayals of reticent women in ...more

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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Sylvia Plath Poet, Novelist, Author Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before ...more

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Rosalind Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Rosalind Franklin Physicist, Chemist, Scientist Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and ...more

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Clare Balding is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Clare Balding Journalist, Jockey, Presenter Clare Balding is a 2013 Glamour Award winner of the presenter of the year.

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Germaine Greer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Germaine Greer Journalist, Professor, Screenwriter Germaine Greer is an Australian theorist, academic and journalist, who is regarded as having been a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century. She resides in the United Kingdom, where she is ...more

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Joan Bakewell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Joan Bakewell Television presenter, Journalist, Actor Joan Dawson Bakewell, Baroness Bakewell, DBE is an English journalist, television presenter and Labour Party Peer. Baroness Bakewell is President of Birkbeck, University of London.

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Iris Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Iris Murdoch Novelist, Author, Writer Dame Jean Iris Murdoch DBE was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her ...more

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Miriam Margolyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Miriam Margolyes Actor, Voice acting Miriam Margolyes, OBE is an English-Australian character actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a BAFTA ...more

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Jane Ellen Harrison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Jane Ellen Harrison Writer Jane Ellen Harrison was a British classical scholar, linguist and feminist. Harrison is one of the founders, with Karl Kerenyi and Walter Burkert, of modern studies in Greek mythology. She ...more

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Charlotte Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Charlotte Wilson Charlotte M. Wilson was an English anarchist who co-founded Freedom newspaper in 1886 with Peter Kropotkin, and edited, published, and largely financed it during its first decade. She remained ...more

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A. S. Byatt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
A. S. Byatt Poet, Novelist, Author Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE, known as A. S. Byatt, is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers ...more

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Olivia Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Olivia Williams Actor Olivia Haigh Williams is an English film, stage and television actress who has appeared in British and American films and television series.

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Patricia Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Patricia Hewitt Politician Patricia Hope Hewitt is a British Labour Party politician, who served in the Cabinet until 2007, most recently as Secretary of State for Health. Hewitt's political career began in the 1970s as a ...more

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Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Jane Goodall Anthropologist, Researcher, Primatologist Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE is an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best ...more

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Audrey Richards is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Audrey Richards Anthropologist Audrey Isabel Richards, CBE, FBA, was a pioneering British social anthropologist who worked mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Audrey was the second of four girls born to a well-connected family in ...more

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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Astronomer Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin was a British–American astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, proposed in her Ph.D. thesis an explanation for the composition of stars in terms of the ...more

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Julie Etchingham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Julie Etchingham Journalist, Actor Julie Anne Etchingham is a British television newsreader and journalist with ITV News. A graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge, Etchingham joined the BBC as a trainee after completing her ...more

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Susan Sutherland Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Susan Sutherland Isaacs Psychoanalyst, Psychologist Susan Sutherland Isaacs, CBE was a Lancashire-born educational psychologist and psychoanalyst. She published studies on the intellectual and social development of children and promoted the ...more

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Salley Vickers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Salley Vickers Novelist, Writer Salley Vickers is an English novelist whose works include the word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr. Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and Where Three Roads Meet, a retelling ...more

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Margaret Anstee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Margaret Anstee Diplomat Dame Margaret Joan Anstee, DCMG served at the United Nations for over four decades, rising to the rank of Under-Secretary General in 1987. She worked on operational programmes of economic and ...more

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Philippa Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Philippa Fawcett Mathematician Philippa Garrett Fawcett was an English mathematician and educationalist.

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Diane Abbott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Diane Abbott Politician Diane Julie Abbott is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987, when she became the first black woman to be ...more

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Patricia Duncker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Patricia Duncker Novelist Patricia Duncker is a British novelist and academic.

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Camilla Wedgwood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Camilla Wedgwood Anthropologist The Hon. Camilla Hildegarde Wedgwood was a British anthropologist best known for research in the Pacific and her pioneering role as one of the British Commonwealth's first female

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Penelope Leach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Penelope Leach Psychologist, Author, Presenter Penelope Jane Leach, is a British psychologist who researches and writes extensively on parenting issues from a child development perspective. Leach is best known for her book Your Baby and ...more

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Margaret Drabble is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Margaret Drabble Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Dame Margaret Drabble, Lady Holroyd DBE FRSL, is an English novelist, biographer and critic.

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Ethel Shakespear is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Ethel Shakespear Geologist Dame Ethel Mary Reader Shakespear DBE, née Wood, was an English geologist, public servant and philanthropist. She was born in Biddenham, Bedfordshire, the daughter of a clergyman. She was ...more

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Amy Levy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Amy Levy Novelist, Writer Amy Levy was a British essayist, poet, and novelist best remembered for her literary gifts; her experience as the first Jewish woman at Cambridge University and as a pioneering woman student at ...more

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Gillian Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Gillian Bradshaw Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Writer Gillian Marucha Bradshaw is an American writer of historical fiction, historical fantasy, children's literature, science fiction, and contemporary science-based novels, who currently lives in ...more

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Jadwiga Piłsudska is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Jadwiga Piłsudska Pilot, Architect Jadwiga Piłsudska-Jaraczewska was a Polish pilot, who served in the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. She was one of two daughters of Marshal and Naczelnik Józef

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Amber Reeves is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Amber Reeves Writer Amber Blanco White [née Amber Reeves] was a British feminist writer and scholar.

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Joan Curran is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Joan Curran Scientist Joan Elizabeth Curran was a Welsh scientist who played important roles in the development of radar and the atomic bomb during the Second World War. She invented the technique that was codenamed ...more

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Lisa Jardine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Lisa Jardine Historian, Professor Lisa Anne Jardine CBE FRHistS, née Lisa Anne Bronowski, is a British historian of the early modern period. From 1990 to 2011 she was Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies and ...more

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Eleanor Bron is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Eleanor Bron Screenwriter, Author, Actor Eleanor Bron is an English stage, film and television actress and author.

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Sarah Dunant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Sarah Dunant Novelist, Writer Sarah Dunant is a writer, broadcaster and critic. She was a founding vice patron of the Orange Prize for women's fiction, sits on the editorial board of the Royal Academy magazine, and reviews ...more

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Mary Paley Marshall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Mary Paley Marshall Economist Mary Marshall, née Paley, was an economist and one of the first women to study at Cambridge University. She was born in Lincolnshire, England, a daughter of Rev. Thomas Paley, Rector of ...more

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Constance Garnett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Constance Garnett Author Constance Clara Garnett was an English translator of nineteenth-century Russian literature. Garnett was one of the first English translators of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Anton Chekhov ...more

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F. M. Mayor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
F. M. Mayor Novelist, Writer Flora Macdonald Mayor, was an English novelist and short story writer, who published under the name F. M. Mayor.

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Daphne Park, Baroness Park of ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Daphne Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth Diplomat, Secret Intelligence Service officer Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth CMG, OBE, FRSA was a British spy. During her career she was a clandestine senior controller in MI6 in Hanoi, Moscow, ...more

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Julia Neuberger, Baroness Neub... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Julia Neuberger, Baroness Neuberger Politician, Rabbi Rabbi Julia Babette Sarah Neuberger, Baroness Neuberger, DBE is a member of the British House of Lords. She formerly took the Liberal Democrat whip, but resigned from the party and joined the ...more

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Caroline Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Caroline Lawrence Author, Writer Caroline Lawrence is an English American author, best known for The Roman Mysteries series of historical novels for children. The series is about a Roman girl called Flavia and her three ...more

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Florence Stawell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Florence Stawell Florence Melian Stawell was a classical scholar. Florence Melian Stawell, youngest daughter of Sir William Foster Stawell, was born at Melbourne on 2 May 1869. She was named for the Melians, ...more

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Dorothy Garrod is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Dorothy Garrod Archaeologist Dorothy Annie Elizabeth Garrod, CBE, FBA was a British archaeologist who was the first woman to hold an Oxbridge chair, partly through her pioneering work on the Palaeolithic period; she served ...more

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Hazel Holt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Hazel Holt Novelist Hazel Holt is a British novelist. She studied at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham, England, and then Newnham College, Cambridge. She went on to work at the International ...more

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Dorothy Jordan Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Dorothy Jordan Lloyd Chemist Dorothy Jordan Lloyd was an early protein scientist who studied the interactions of water with proteins, particularly gelatin. She was also Director of the British Leather Manufacturers' ...more

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Hedi Stadlen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Hedi Stadlen Politician Hedi Stadlen, better known in Sri Lanka as Hedi Keuneman, was an Austrian Jewish philosopher, political activist, and musicologist. She was one of the handful of European Radicals in Sri Lanka.

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Katharine Glasier is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Katharine Glasier Politician, Journalist Katharine Glasier was a British socialist journalist.

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Beatrice Seear, Baroness Seear is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Beatrice Seear, Baroness Seear Politician Nancy Seear, Baroness Seear PC was a British social scientist and politician. She was leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Lords from 1984 to 1988, and Deputy Leader of the Liberal ...more

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Elaine Feinstein is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Elaine Feinstein Writer Elaine Feinstein is a poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, biographer and translator.

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Helen Makower is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni
Helen Makower Economist Helen Makower was a British economist. Graduating from Newnham College, Cambridge London School of Economics and Political Science) 1937, she joined Jacob Marschak's Oxford Institute of ...more