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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Salman Rushdie and Lewis Carroll.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Rugby School?” and “Which celebrities are Rugby School alumni?”
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Rupert Brooke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Poet, Writer
Rupert Chawner Brooke was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". He was also known for his boyish good ...more
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Reid Railton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Reid A. Railton was a British automotive engineer, and designer of land and water speed record vehicles.
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Salman Rushdie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Copywriter, Novelist, Screenwriter
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He ...more
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Guglielmo Marconi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Electrical engineer
Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's ...more
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Neville Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Business magnate, Politician
Arthur Neville Chamberlain FRS was a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. Chamberlain is best known for his appeasement ...more
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Austen Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Politician
Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain KG was a British statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and half-brother of Neville Chamberlain.
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A. N. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Novelist
Andrew Norman Wilson is an English writer and newspaper columnist, known for his critical biographies, novels, works of popular history and religious views. He is an occasional columnist for the ...more
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Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Mathematician, Novelist, Author
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's ...more
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David Croft is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer
Major David John Croft OBE, born David John Andrew Sharland, was an English writer, producer and director. David Croft is particularly noted for producing and co-writing a string of popular BBC ...more
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Donald Michie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Computer scientist
Donald Michie was a British researcher in artificial intelligence. During World War II, Michie worked for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, contributing to the effort to ...more
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Henry Watson Fowler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Lexicographer, Journalist
Henry Watson Fowler was an English schoolmaster, lexicographer and commentator on the usage of the English language. He is notable for both A Dictionary of Modern English Usage and his work on ...more
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David Ogle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Industrial designer
David Ogle MBE, DSC was a British industrial designer and car designer. He founded the design consultancy company Ogle Design in 1954. He was educated at Rugby School and briefly studied Law at ...more
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R. M. Hare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Philosopher
Richard Mervyn Hare was an English moral philosopher who held the post of White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford from 1966 until 1983. He subsequently taught for a ...more
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Howard Somervell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Surgeon
Theodore Howard Somervell OBE, FRCS was an English surgeon, mountaineer, painter and missionary who was a member of two expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s, and then spent nearly 40 years ...more
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Henry Sidgwick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Philosopher
Henry Sidgwick was an English utilitarian philosopher and economist. He was one of the founders and first president of the Society for Psychical Research and a member of the Metaphysical ...more
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John Gillespie Magee, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Pilot
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was an American aviator and poet who died as a result of a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire during World War II. He was serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, ...more
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Charles Peter Allen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Athlete
Charles Peter Allen MP was an English Liberal politician who represented Stroud from 1900-1914. His professional career was as a solicitor and newspaper journalist. He served his country during ...more
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Miles Joseph Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Botanist
Miles Joseph Berkeley was an English cryptogamist and clergyman, and one of the founders of the science of plant pathology.
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Alexander Gibb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer
Brigadier-General Sir Alexander Gibb GBE CB FRS was a Scottish civil engineer. Gibb was born in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, the son of the civil engineer, Alexander Easton Gibb, and the ...more
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John Hawkesworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter
John Hawkesworth was a Film and TV producer and Screenwriter
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Arthur Blomfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Architect
Sir Arthur William Blomfield was an English architect.
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Harold Thomas Cawley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Barrister
Captain Harold Thomas Cawley was a British barrister, Liberal Party politician and soldier.
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Thomas Hughes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rugby School 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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Adnan Sami is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor
Adnan Sami is a singer, musician, pianist, actor and composer with a command of Indian and Western Classical/Semi-Classical music, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Indian Classical music, Fusion & Indian ...more
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George Goschen, 1st Viscount G... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rugby School 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