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Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 3.6k views94 items

List RulesPeople 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

    Age61

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    Dame Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is an English actress, screenwriter, activist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Sylvia Plath

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 31 (1932-1963)

    BirthplaceJamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts

    Sylvia Plath (; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Rosalind Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Rosalind Franklin

    Physicist, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 38 (1920-1958)

    BirthplaceNotting Hill, London, United Kingdom

    Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was an English chemist and X-ray... more on Wikipedia

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    Clare Balding is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Clare Balding

    Journalist, Jockey

    Age49

    BirthplaceKingsclere, United Kingdom

    Clare Victoria Balding (born 29 January 1971) is a broadcaster, journalist and author. She... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Germaine Greer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Germaine Greer

    Journalist, Professor

    Age81

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Germaine Greer (; born 29 January 1939) is an Australian writer and public intellectual,... more on Wikipedia

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    Joan Bakewell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Joan Bakewell

    Television presenter, Journalist

    Age87

    BirthplaceStockport, England

    Joan Dawson Bakewell, Baroness Bakewell, (née Rowlands; born 16 April 1933) is an English... more on Wikipedia
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    Iris Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Iris Murdoch

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 80 (1919-1999)

    BirthplacePhibsborough, Republic of Ireland

    Dame Jean Iris Murdoch (; 15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was a British novelist and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Miriam Margolyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Miriam Margolyes

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age79

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    Miriam Margolyes, (; born 18 May 1941) is a British-Australian actress and voice artist. Her... more on Wikipedia

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    Jane Ellen Harrison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    AgeDec. at 78 (1850-1928)

    BirthplaceCottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom

    Jane Ellen Harrison (9 September 1850 – 15 April 1928) was a British classical scholar and... more on Wikipedia
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    Charlotte Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Charlotte Wilson

    Charlotte Mary Wilson (6 May 1854, Kemerton, Worcestershire – 28 April 1944,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    A. S. Byatt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    A. S. Byatt

    Poet, Novelist

    Age84

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    Dame Antonia Susan Duffy HonFBA (née Drabble; born 24 August 1936), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Olivia Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Age52

    BirthplaceCamden Town, London, England

    Olivia Haigh Williams (born 26 July 1968) is a British actress, film, stage, and television... more on Wikipedia
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    Patricia Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Patricia Hewitt

    Politician

    Age71

    BirthplaceCanberra, Australia

    Patricia Hope Hewitt (born 2 December 1948) is an Australian-born British Labour politician,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Jane Goodall

    Anthropologist, Researcher

    Age86

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Audrey Richards is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Audrey Richards

    Anthropologist

    AgeDec. at 85 (1899-1984)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Audrey Isabel Richards, CBE, FBA (8 July 1899 – 29 June 1984), was a pioneering British social... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    AgeDec. at 79 (1900-1979)

    BirthplaceWendover, United Kingdom

    Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin (née Payne; (1900-05-10)May 10, 1900 – (1979-12-07)December 7,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Julie Etchingham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Julie Etchingham

    Journalist, Actor

    Age51

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    Julie Anne Etchingham (born 21 August 1969) is an English television newsreader and journalist... more on Wikipedia
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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

    AgeDec. at 63 (1885-1948)

    BirthplaceTurton Urban District

    Susan Sutherland Isaacs, CBE (née Fairhurst; 24 May 1885 – 12 October 1948; also known as... more on Wikipedia
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    Salley Vickers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Salley Vickers

    Novelist, Writer

    Age72

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    Salley Vickers (born 1948 in Liverpool) is a British novelist whose works include Miss... more on Wikipedia
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    Margaret Anstee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Age94

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Dame Margaret Joan Anstee, DCMG (25 June 1926 – 25 August 2016) was a British diplomat who... more on Wikipedia
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    Philippa Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Philippa Fawcett

    Mathematician

    AgeDec. at 80 (1868-1948)

    BirthplaceBrighton, United Kingdom

    Philippa Garrett Fawcett (4 April 1868 – 10 June 1948) was an English mathematician and... more on Wikipedia
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    Diane Abbott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Diane Abbott

    Politician

    Age67

    BirthplaceMiddlesex, Eurasia, Paddington, Westminster, United Kingdom

    Diane Julie Abbott (born 27 September 1953) is a British politician serving as the Member of... more on Wikipedia
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    Patricia Duncker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Age69

    BirthplaceJamaica

    Patricia Marjory Duncker (born 29 June 1951) 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

    AgeDec. at 54 (1901-1955)

    BirthplaceEngland

    Camilla Hildegarde Wedgwood (25 March 1901 - 17 May 1955) was a British anthropologist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Penelope Leach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

    Penelope Leach

    Psychologist, Author

    Age82

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Penelope Jane Leach (née Balchin; born November 19, 1937), is a British psychologist who... more on Wikipedia
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