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

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

A list made up of graduates like James Mason and Sam Mendes.

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

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Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Sam Mendes Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing the comedy-drama film American Beauty, which earned him the Academy Award and ...more

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James Mason is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
James Mason Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor James Neville Mason was an English actor. After achieving stardom in his native Great Britain, he made the transition to the United States and became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, ...more

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Colin Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Colin Greenwood Bassist, Musician, Composer Colin Charles Greenwood, is an English musician, composer, and the bassist for the rock band Radiohead. Apart from bass, Colin plays keyboards and synthesizers and works on sampling on the ...more

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Hugh Latimer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Hugh Latimer Hugh Latimer was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and Bishop of Worcester before the Reformation, and later Church of England chaplain to King Edward VI. In 1555 under Queen Mary he was ...more

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William Brewster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
William Brewster Pilgrims, Settler, Preacher William Brewster was an English official and Mayflower passenger in 1620. In Plymouth Colony he became a Separatist leader and preacher.

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Edward Routh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Edward Routh Mathematician Edward John Routh FRS, was an English mathematician, noted as the outstanding coach of students preparing for the Mathematical Tripos examination of the University of Cambridge in its heyday in ...more

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Frank Whittle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Frank Whittle Aerospace Engineer, Engineer Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS was an English Royal Air Force engineer air officer. He is credited with single handedly inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was ...more

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Richard Eyre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Richard Eyre Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer Sir Richard Charles Hastings Eyre CBE is an English film, theatre, television and opera director.

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Ray Wijewardene is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Ray Wijewardene Farmer, Engineer Deshamanya Vidya Jyothi Dr Philip Revatha "Ray" Wijewardene was a Sri Lankan Engineer, Aviator, Inventor and Olympian athlete. He was an authority on tropical farming and natural ...more

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James Clerk Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
James Clerk Maxwell Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer James Clerk Maxwell FRS FRSE was a Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, ...more

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Niall Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Niall Ferguson Historian, Professor, Author Niall Campbell Douglas Ferguson is a British historian from Scotland. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus ...more

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David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
David Mitchell Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor David James Stuart Mitchell is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is half of the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb, alongside Robert Webb, whom he met at Cambridge University. There they were ...more

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Charles Babbage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Charles Babbage Mathematician, Inventor, Philosopher Charles Babbage, FRS was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer. ...more

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Henry Cavendish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Henry Cavendish Physicist, Chemist Henry Cavendish FRS was a British natural philosopher, scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist and physicist. Cavendish is noted for his discovery of hydrogen or what he ...more

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Richard Crashaw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Richard Crashaw Poet, Teacher Richard Crashaw, was an English poet, teacher, and Anglican cleric, who was among the major figures associated with the metaphysical poets in seventeenth-century English literature. Crashaw was ...more

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William Thomson, 1st Baron Kel... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin OM GCVO PC PRS PRSE was a British mathematical physicist and engineer who was born in Belfast in 1824. At the University of Glasgow he did important work in the ...more

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James Dewar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
James Dewar Physicist, Chemist Sir James Dewar FRS was a Scottish chemist and physicist. He is probably best-known today for his invention of the Dewar flask, which he used in conjunction with extensive research into the ...more

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Michael Howard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Michael Howard Politician, Barrister, Lawyer Michael Howard, Baron Howard of Lympne, CH, PC, QC is a British politician who served as the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from November 2003 to December 2005. He ...more

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Christopher Heydon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Christopher Heydon Astrologer, Writer Sir Christopher Heydon was an English soldier, Member of Parliament, and writer on astrology.

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Michael Portillo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Michael Portillo Politician, Journalist Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo is a British journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister. Portillo was first elected to the House of Commons in a ...more

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Robert Mond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Robert Mond Chemist, Scientist, Archaeologist Sir Robert Ludwig Mond FRS, FRSE was a British chemist and archaeologist.

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Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton KG PC, styled Earl of Euston between 1747 and 1757, was a British Whig statesman of the Georgian era. He is one of a handful of dukes who have served ...more

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Thomas Gray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Thomas Gray Poet, Historian Thomas Gray was an English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University. He is widely known for his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, published in 1751.

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J. E. Casely Hayford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
J. E. Casely Hayford Politician, Writer Joseph Ephraim Casely Hayford, MBE, or Ekra-Agiman was a Ghanaian journalist, editor, author, lawyer, educator, and politician who supported pan-African nationalism.

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Max Perutz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Max Perutz Crystallography, Physicist, Scientist Max Ferdinand Perutz, OM, CH, CBE, FRS was an Austrian-born British molecular biologist, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with John Kendrew, for their studies of the structures of ...more

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Aaron Klug is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Aaron Klug Physicist, Chemist, Scientist Sir Aaron Klug, OM, FRS is a Lithuanian-born British chemist and biophysicist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and his ...more

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Nicholas Stern is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Nicholas Stern Professor, Economist, Civil servant Nicholas Herbert Stern, Baron Stern of Brentford, Kt FBA FRS is a British economist and academic. He is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute ...more

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George Chrystal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
George Chrystal Mathematician George Chrystal was a Scottish mathematician. He was born in Old Meldrum and educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and the University of Aberdeen, moving in 1872 to study under James Clerk Maxwell ...more

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Peter Guthrie Tait is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Peter Guthrie Tait Mathematician, Physicist Peter Guthrie Tait FRSE was a Scottish mathematical physicist, best known for the energy physics textbook Treatise on Natural Philosophy, which he co-wrote with Kelvin, and his early ...more

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Christopher Cockerell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Christopher Cockerell Inventor, Engineer Sir Christopher Sydney Cockerell CBE RDI FRS was an English engineer, best known as the inventor of the hovercraft.

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Richard Baker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Richard Baker Journalist, Presenter Richard Baker OBE is an English broadcaster, best known as a newsreader for BBC News from 1954 to 1982. He was a contemporary of Kenneth Kendall and Robert Dougall and was the first person to ...more

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Archer John Porter Martin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Archer John Porter Martin Chemist Archer John Porter Martin, FRS was an English chemist who shared the 1952 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the invention of partition chromatography with Richard Synge. His father was a GP. Martin ...more

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Nigel Balchin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Nigel Balchin Novelist, Psychologist, Screenwriter Nigel Balchin was an English novelist and screenwriter particularly known for his novels written during and immediately after World War II: Darkness Falls From the Air, The Small Back Room and ...more

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Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenbor... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough Judge Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough, PC, KC was an English judge. After serving as a Member of Parliament and Attorney General, he became Lord Chief Justice.

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George Tierney is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
George Tierney George Tierney PC was an Anglo-Irish Whig politician.

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Conrad Swan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Conrad Swan Sir Conrad Marshall John Fisher Swan, KCVO, KGCN, KCFO, FSA, FRHSC was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. Having been first appointed to work at the College in ...more

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Syed Mohammad Hadi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Syed Mohammad Hadi Syed Mohammad Hadi was one of the most gifted pioneering athletes of India. He not only represented India in cricket and tennis, but was also proficient in field hockey, soccer, table tennis, ...more

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Klaus Roth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Klaus Roth Mathematician Klaus Friedrich Roth is a German-born British mathematician known for work on diophantine approximation, the large sieve, and irregularities of distribution. He was born in Breslau, Prussia, but ...more

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Colin Tudge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Colin Tudge Science writer Colin Hiram Tudge is a British science writer and broadcaster. A biologist by training, he is the author of numerous works on food, agriculture, genetics, and species diversity. Tudge was born ...more

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Roger Deakin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Roger Deakin Writer Roger Stuart Deakin was an English writer, documentary-maker and environmentalist. He was a co-founder and trustee of Common Ground, the arts, culture and environment organisation. Waterlog, the ...more

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Grahame Clark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Grahame Clark Sir John Grahame Douglas Clark, CBE, FBA was a British archaeologist most notable for his work on the Mesolithic and his theories on palaeoeconomy. He was Disney Professor of Archaeology at the ...more

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Ed Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Ed Smith Journalist, Cricketer, Writer Edward Thomas "Ed" Smith is an English author and journalist, former professional cricketer, and cricket commentator. Smith was born in Pembury, Kent. He attended Yardley Court, ...more

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Tan Tarn How is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Tan Tarn How Playwright Tan Tarn How is a Singaporean playwright and senior research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies. His plays have been staged in Singapore and Hong Kong, and have won numerous awards. In ...more

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Thomas Campion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Thomas Campion Physician Thomas Campion was an English composer, poet, and physician. He wrote over a hundred lute songs, masques for dancing, and an authoritative technical treatise on music.

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John Penry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
John Penry John Penry is Wales's most famous Protestant martyr.

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Thomas Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Thomas Carter The Rev. Thomas Carter was a Puritan minister who was ordained in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1642. Carter was born in Hinderclay, Suffolk, England, and baptized there on 3 July 1608. His ...more

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Christopher Meyer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Christopher Meyer Sir Christopher John Rome Meyer, KCMG is a former British Ambassador to the United States, former Ambassador to Germany and the former chairman of the Press Complaints Commission. He is married ...more

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R. P. Keigwin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
R. P. Keigwin Richard Prescott Keigwin was an English academic. He also played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, the Marylebone Cricket Club, Essex County Cricket Club and Gloucestershire County ...more

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Brian Walton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Brian Walton Brian Walton was an English priest, divine and scholar.

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Peter Thurnham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Peterhouse, Cambridge Alumni
Peter Thurnham Peter Giles Thurnham was a British politician. He was Member of Parliament for Bolton North East from 1983 to 1997, originally as a Conservative before resigning to become an independent in ...more