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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Dana Wynter and Alice Krige.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Rhodes University?” and “Which celebrities are Rhodes University alumni?”

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Gerrit Verschuur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Scientist Gerrit L. Verschuur, PhD, born in 1937 in Cape Town, South Africa, is a naturalized American scientist who is best known for his work in radio astronomy. Though a pioneer in that field—he has 50 ...more

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Zackie Achmat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Social activist Abdurrazack "Zackie" Achmat is a South African activist and film director. He is a co-founder the Treatment Action Campaign and known worldwide for his activism on behalf of people ...more

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Dana Wynter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Actor, Writer Dana Wynter was a German-born English actress, who was raised in England and Southern Africa. She appeared in film and television for over forty years beginning in the 1950s, her best known film ...more

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Chris Hani is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Politician Chris Hani, born Martin Thembisile Hani was the leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress. He was a ...more

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Alice Krige is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor Alice Maud Krige is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon in the 1981 Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. ...more

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John McCormick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Political scientist John McCormick is Jean Monnet Chair of European Union Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and was department chair from 2001 until 2008. He spent eight years working ...more

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Humphry Knipe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Screenwriter, Author Victor Humphry Knipe is a sociology and history author, and adult film writer, director, and website administrator. He is a co-author of The Dominant Man: The Pecking Order in Human Society, a ...more

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Ian Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Politician Ian Douglas Smith, GCLM, ID was a politician, farmer and fighter pilot who served as Prime Minister of Rhodesia from 1964 to 1979. His country's first native-born premier, he led the ...more

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Embeth Davidtz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Actor Embeth Jean Davidtz is an American actress. Her screen roles include movies such as Matilda, Mansfield Park, Bicentennial Man, and Fracture, and the television series Mad Men. Davidtz spent much ...more

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Wilbur A. Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Wilbur Addison Smith is a South African novelist specialising in historical fiction about the international involvement in Southern Africa across three centuries, seen from the viewpoints of ...more

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Trevor Hastie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Professor Trevor John Hastie is an American statistician and computer scientist. He is currently serving as the John A. Overdeck Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Professor of Statistics at the ...more

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Rob Davies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Politician, Researcher, Economist Rob Haydn Davies is minister of trade and industry of South Africa.

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K. Sello Duiker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Novelist, Writer Kabelo "Sello" Duiker, was a South African novelist. His debut novel, Thirteen Cents, won the 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region. Furthermore, his ...more

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Edmund Morris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Biographer, Author, Writer Edmund Morris is an American writer best known for his biographies of United States Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

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Heather Ford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Heather Ford Heather Ford is a South African researcher, blogger, journalist, social entrepreneur and open source activist who has worked in the field of Internet policy, law and management in South Africa, ...more

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Jeremy Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Jeremy Mansfield Jeremy Mansfield is a South African radio and television personality. He worked on numerous radio stations as presenter and voice-over artist, and also presented numerous television shows, and ...more

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Steven Hatfill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Researcher, Scientist Steven Jay Hatfill is an American physician, virologist and biological weapons expert. A former biodefense researcher for the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases ...more

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Marguerite Poland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Marguerite Poland Writer Marguerite Poland is a South African writer and author of eleven children's books.

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Margaret Legum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Journalist, Economist, Writer Margaret Jean Roberts Legum was a South African/British anti-apartheid activist and social reformer, who specialized in economics. Known primarily for her globally influential 1963 book on the ...more

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Antony Roy Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Antony Roy Clark MA is a South African schoolmaster and educationalist, formerly a first-class cricketer, currently headmaster of Malvern College.

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Ian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Actor, Singer, Playwright Ian Roberts is an actor, a playwright and a singer.

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Achmat Dangor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Achmat Dangor is a South African writer. His most important works include the novels Kafka's Curse and Bitter Fruit, but he is also the author of three collections of poetry, a novella and a ...more

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John Waite is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
John Waite John Henry Bickford Waite was a South African cricketer who played in fifty Tests from 1951 to 1965. He was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, and educated at Hilton College and Rhodes University. ...more

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Gerald Pillay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Gerald Pillay Professor Professor Gerald John Pillay FRSA, DL is the present Vice Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope University.

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Kit Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Christopher L. 'Kit' Vaughan, DSc, is Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town in South Africa.

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Mandla Mandela is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Mandla Mandela Zwelivelile "Mandla" Mandela is the chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council and the grandson of Nelson Mandela. He graduated from Rhodes University with a degree in Politics in 2007. ...more

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Cathy O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Cathy O'Dowd Cathy O'Dowd is a South African rock climber, mountaineer, author and motivational speaker, famous for being the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest from both south and north sides. ...more

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Stephen Bowen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Stephen Bowen Stephen Bowen is an American biologist, educator, and educational administrator. Since August 2005 he has been the Dean and CEO of Oxford College of Emory University, located in Oxford,

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Troy Blacklaws is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Troy Blacklaws Troy Blacklaws is a writer and teacher from South Africa. He was born on 9 September 1965 in Pinetown, Natal Province. After his schooling at Paarl Boys' High School he studied at Rhodes ...more

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Denise Robinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Denise Robinson Denise Robinson is a South African politician, currently a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, and the Shadow Minister of Women in the Presidency

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Nick Binedell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Nick Binedell Professor Nick Binedell is a South African academic and the founding director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria in Johannesburg, South Africa., During his ...more

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Mbali Ntuli is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Mbali Ntuli Mbali Ntuli is the leader of the Democratic Alliance Youth, the youth wing of South Africa's official opposition party. She was elected to this position in May 2013. She held of the office of ...more

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Alex Boraine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Rhodes University Alumni
Alex Boraine Dr. Alex Boraine is a South African politician. He was born in Cape Town. Having been ordained as a Methodist minister in 1956, he studied at Rhodes University in South Africa, Oxford University ...more