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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

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William Stephen Raikes Hodson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Brevet Major William Stephen Raikes Hodson was a British leader of irregular light cavalry during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. He was known as "Hodson of Hodson's Horse." His most ...more

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Thomas Phillipps is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Antiquarian, Bibliophile Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet was an English antiquary and book collector who amassed the largest collection of manuscript material in the 19th century, due to his severe condition of ...more

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Richard Dixon Oldham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Seismologist, Geologist Richard Dixon Oldham FRS was a British geologist who made the first clear identification of the separate arrivals of P-waves, S-waves and surface waves on seismograms and the first clear ...more

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Andrew Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Politician Andrew John Turner is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He is currently the Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight, a post he has held since the 2001 general election.

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Geoffrey Scott is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Art Historian Geoffrey Scott was an English scholar and poet, known as a historian of architecture. His biography of Isabelle de Charrière entitled The Portrait of Zelide won the 1925 James Tait Black ...more

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Thomas Hetherington is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Barrister Major Sir Thomas Chalmers Hetherington, KCB, CBE, QC, TD, better known as Sir Tony Hetherington, was a British barrister. He was Director of Public Prosecutions of England and Wales from 1977 to ...more

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Reginald Beddington is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Barrister Reginald Beddington CBE was an English angler and humanitarian. Beddington was educated at Rugby School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1902, ...more

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Arthur Bliss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Conductor, Composer Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, CH, KCVO was an English composer and conductor. Bliss's musical training was cut short by the First World War, in which he served with distinction in the army. ...more

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Ralph Abercromby is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Politician, Soldier Sir Ralph Abercromby KB was a Scottish soldier and politician. He rose to the rank of lieutenant-general in the British Army, was noted for his services during the Napoleonic Wars, and served as ...more

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R. H. Tawney is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
R. H. Tawney Professor Richard Henry "R. H." Tawney was an English economic historian, social critic, ethical socialist, Christian socialist, and an important proponent of adult education. The Oxford ...more

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Cathcart Wason is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Cathcart Wason Politician Cathcart Wason, generally known as Cathcart Wason, was a Scottish farmer and politician who served as a Member of Parliament in two countries: first in New Zealand and then in Scotland, after ...more

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Thomas Claughton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Thomas Legh Claughton was a British academic, poet and clergyman. He was professor of poetry at Oxford University from 1852 to 1857; Bishop of Rochester; and the first Bishop of St Albans.

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William Temple is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
William Temple was a bishop in the Church of England. He served as Bishop of Manchester, Archbishop of York and Archbishop of Canterbury. A renowned teacher and preacher, Temple is perhaps best ...more

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William Webb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Rev. William Webb Ellis was an Anglican clergyman who is famous for allegedly being the inventor of Rugby football whilst a pupil at Rugby School. Webb Ellis's name is firmly established in ...more

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Arthur Hugh Clough is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Arthur Hugh Clough was an English poet, an educationalist, and the devoted assistant to ground-breaking nurse Florence Nightingale. He was the brother of suffragist Anne Clough, who became ...more

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Murray MacLehose, Baron MacLeh... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Crawford Murray MacLehose, Baron MacLehose of Beoch KT GBE KCMG KCVO DL was a British politician, diplomat and the 25th Governor of Hong Kong, from 1971 to 1982, the longest serving Governor, ...more

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Arthur Ransome is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Journalist, Author Arthur Michell Ransome was an English author and journalist. He is best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books about the school-holiday adventures of children, ...more

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Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baron... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet GCSI, PC was a British soldier, Conservative politician and colonial administrator.

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Robert Hardy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Actor Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy, CBE, FSA is an English actor with a long career in the theatre, film and television.

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Anthony Quayle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Theatre Director, Businessperson, Soldier Sir John Anthony Quayle, CBE was an English actor and director.

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Geoffrey Keynes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Biographer, Physician, Surgeon Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes was an English biographer, surgeon, physician, scholar and bibliophile. He was the younger brother of the economist John Maynard Keynes.

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Peter Brinsden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Peter Brinsden Physician Dr. Peter Robert Brinsden MBBS, MRCS, LRCP, FRCOG is known for the treatment of infertility in couples. From 1989 to 2006 he was the Medical Director of Bourn Hall Clinic in the UK, a leading ...more

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Edward Stanley, 15th Earl of D... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Politician Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby KG, PC, FRS, known as Lord Stanley from 1844 to 1869, was a British statesman. He served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs twice, from 1866 to ...more

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Alan Howarth, Baron Howarth of... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Politician Alan Thomas Howarth, Baron Howarth of Newport, CBE, PC, is a British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament from 1983 until 2005.

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Nevil Sidgwick is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Rugby School Alumni
Chemist Nevil Vincent Sidgwick FRS was an English theoretical chemist who made significant contributions to the theory of valency and chemical bonding. After a few years at Rugby School, Sidgwick ...more