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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including Rachel Riley and Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Oriel College?” and “Which celebrities are Oriel College alumni?”
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Iain Torrance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Journalist
Iain Richard Torrance, TD, is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, Dean of the Order of the Thistle, Honorary Professor of Early Christian Doctrine ...more
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Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Chemist
Alexander Robertus Todd, Baron Todd, OM, PRS FRSE was a British biochemist whose research on the structure and synthesis of nucleotides, nucleosides, and nucleotide coenzymes gained him the ...more
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Walter Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Courtier, Poet, Soldier
Sir Walter Raleigh was an English landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. He was cousin to Sir Richard Grenville and younger half-brother of Sir ...more
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Jim Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Politician
James Hayes Shofner "Jim" Cooper is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 5th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Blue Dog ...more
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James Woodforde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Writer
James Woodforde was an English clergyman, best known as the author of The Diary of a Country Parson.
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J. L. Mackie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Philosopher
John Leslie Mackie was an Australian philosopher, originally from Sydney. He made significant contributions to the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language, and is ...more
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John Hegarty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Science writer
John Hegarty was elected 43rd Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 2001 for a ten-year term.
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James Meade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Economist
James Edward Meade CB, FBA was a British economist and winner of the 1977 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with the Swedish economist Bertil Ohlin for their "pathbreaking ...more
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Thomas Hughes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Novelist, Writer
Thomas Hughes was an English lawyer, judge and author. He is most famous for his novel Tom Brown's School Days, a semi-autobiographical work set at Rugby School, which Hughes had attended. It ...more
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Thomas Pennant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Antiquarian
Thomas Pennant was a Welsh naturalist, traveller, writer and antiquarian. He was born and lived his whole life at his family estate, Downing Hall near Whitford, Flintshire in Wales. As a ...more
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Hugh Edwin Strickland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Geologist
Hugh Edwin Strickland was an English geologist, ornithologist, naturalist, and systematist. Strickland was born at Reighton, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He was the second son of Henry ...more
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Daniel Hannan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Writer
Daniel John Hannan is a British politician, journalist, and author who is a Member of the European Parliament, representing South East England for the Conservative Party. He is also the ...more
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William Froude is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Architect, Wave Tank Designer, Engineer
William Froude was an English engineer, hydrodynamicist and naval architect. He was the first to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships and for predicting their ...more
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George Goschen, 1st Viscount G... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Politician
George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen was a British statesman and businessman best remembered for being "forgotten" by Lord Randolph Churchill. He was initially a Liberal, then ...more
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John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Du... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Statesman
John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, KG, PC, styled Earl of Sunderland from 1822 to 1840 and Marquess of Blandford from 1840 to 1857, was a British statesman and nobleman. He ...more
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David Manning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Diplomat
Sir David Geoffrey Manning, GCMG, KCVO is a former British diplomat, who was the British Ambassador to the United States from 2003 to 2007. He authored the so-called "Manning Memo" ...more
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A. J. P. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Historian, Writer
Alan John Percivale "A. J. P." Taylor FBA was an English historian who specialised in 19th- and 20th-century European diplomacy. Both a journalist and a broadcaster, he became well ...more
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Edward Chandos Leigh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
The Honourable Sir Edward Chandos Leigh, KCB, KC, was a British cricketer and barrister.
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Cecil Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Businessperson, Politician
The Rt Hon Cecil John Rhodes DCL was a British businessman, mining magnate, and politician in South Africa. An ardent believer in British colonialism, Rhodes was the founder of the southern ...more
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Michael Wood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Historian, Presenter
Michael David Wood is an English historian and broadcaster. He has presented numerous television documentary series, including Great Railway Journeys, In Search of the Trojan War, Art of the ...more
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Charles Wreford-Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Charles Wreford-Brown captained the England national football team and was a county cricketer during the Victorian age, and later acted as a sports legislator during the 20th century. ...more
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John Nunn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
John Nunn Mathematician, Writer
John Denis Martin Nunn is an English chess grandmaster, a three-time world champion in chess problem solving, a chess writer and publisher, and a mathematician. He is one of England's strongest ...more
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John Pakington, 1st Baron Hamp... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
John Pakington, 1st Baron Hampton Politician
John Somerset Pakington, 1st Baron Hampton GCB, PC FRS, known as Sir John Pakington, Bt from 1846 to 1874, was a British Conservative politician.
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Paul Murphy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Paul Murphy Politician
Paul Peter Murphy, KCMCO, KSG is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Torfaen from 1987 to 2015, and served in the Cabinet as both Northern Irish and Welsh ...more
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Levi Fox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Oriel College Alumni
Levi Fox Archivist
Dr. Levi Fox OBE, DL, MA, FSA, FRHistS, FRSL, was the son of a Leicestershire smallholder. He became Archivist for the city of Coventry and then Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and ...more