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Famous Rugby School Alumni

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

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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?”
  • 1

    Rupert Brooke

    Poet, Writer

    AgeDec. at 27 (1887-1915)

    BirthplaceRugby, United Kingdom

    Rupert Chawner Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915) 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...  more

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  • 2
    Reid A. Railton (1895–1977) was a British automotive engineer, and designer of land and water speed record vehicles....  more
  • 3

    Salman Rushdie

    Copywriter, Novelist


    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best...  more

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  • 4

    Guglielmo Marconi

    Physicist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 63 (1874-1937)

    BirthplaceBologna, Italy

    Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi (Italian: [ɡuʎˈʎɛlmo marˈkoːni]; 25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor, and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on...  more

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  • 5

    Neville Chamberlain

    Business magnate, Politician

    AgeDec. at 71 (1869-1940)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom

    Arthur Neville Chamberlain (; 18 March 1869 – 9 November 1940) was a British Conservative statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. Chamberlain is best...  more
  • 6

    AgeDec. at 73 (1863-1937)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Birmingham, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, West Midlands

    Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, KG MP (16 October 1863 – 16 March 1937) was a British statesman, son of Joseph Chamberlain and older half-brother of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. He served as...  more
  • 7

    A. N. Wilson




    Andrew Norman Wilson (born 27 October 1950) is an English writer and newspaper columnist known for his critical biographies, novels and works of popular history. He is an occasional columnist for the...  more
  • 8

    Lewis Carroll

    Mathematician, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 65 (1832-1898)

    BirthplaceDaresbury, Widnes, United Kingdom

    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (; 27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of world-famous children's fiction, notably Alice's Adventures in...  more

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  • 9

    David Croft

    Television director, Television producer

    AgeDec. at 89 (1922-2011)

    BirthplaceSandbanks, United Kingdom

    Major David John Croft, (born David John Andrew Sharland; 7 September 1922 – 27 September 2011) was an English writer, producer and director. David Croft is particularly noted for producing and...  more
  • 10

    Donald Michie

    Computer scientist

    AgeDec. at 83 (1923-2007)

    BirthplaceYangon, Myanmar

    Donald Michie (pronounced /'mikɪ/) (11 November 1923 – 7 July 2007) was a British researcher in artificial intelligence. During World War II, Michie worked for the Government Code and Cypher School...  more
  • 11

    Henry Watson Fowler

    Lexicographer, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 75 (1858-1933)

    BirthplaceTonbridge, United Kingdom

    Henry Watson Fowler (10 March 1858 – 26 December 1933) was an English schoolmaster, lexicographer and commentator on the usage of the English language. He is notable for both A Dictionary of Modern...  more
  • 12

    David Ogle

    Industrial designer


    David Ogle (1922–1962) was a British industrial 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
  • 13

    R. M. Hare


    AgeDec. at 82 (1919-2002)

    BirthplaceSomerset, United Kingdom

    Richard Mervyn Hare (; 21 March 1919 – 29 January 2002), usually cited as R. M. Hare, was an English moral philosopher who held the post of White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of...  more
  • 14

    AgeDec. at 84 (1890-1975)

    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    Theodore Howard Somervell OBE, FRCS (16 April 1890 – 23 January 1975) was an English surgeon, mountaineer, painter and missionary who was a member of two expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s,...  more
  • 15

    Henry Sidgwick


    AgeDec. at 62 (1838-1900)

    BirthplaceSkipton, United Kingdom

    Henry Sidgwick (; 31 May 1838 – 28 August 1900) was an English utilitarian philosopher and economist. He was the Knightbridge Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 1883...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 19 (1922-1941)

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    John Gillespie Magee Jr. (9 June 1922 – 11 December 1941) was a World War II Anglo-American Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and poet, who wrote the poem High Flight. He was killed in an...  more
  • 17

    Charles Peter Allen

    Businessperson, Politician

    AgeDec. at 68 (1861-1930)

    BirthplacePrestwich, United Kingdom

    Charles Peter Allen (2 December 1861 – 18 September 1930) was an English Liberal politician who represented Stroud from 1900-1914. His professional career was as a solicitor and newspaper journalist....  more
  • 18

    AgeDec. at 86 (1803-1889)

    Miles Joseph Berkeley (1 April 1803 – 30 July 1889) was an English cryptogamist and clergyman, and one of the founders of the science of plant pathology. The standard author abbreviation Berk. is...  more
  • 19

    Alexander Gibb

    Civil engineer, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 85 (1872-1958)

    BirthplaceDundee, United Kingdom

    Brigadier-General Sir Alexander Gibb (12 February 1872 – 21 January 1958) was a Scottish civil engineer. After serving as Civil Engineer-in-Chief to the Admiralty and Director-General of Civil...  more
  • 20

    John Hawkesworth

    Television producer, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 82 (1920-2003)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    John Stanley Hawkesworth (7 December 1920 – 30 September 2003) was an English television and film producer and writer best known for his work on the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs and the Granada...  more
  • 21

    AgeDec. at 70 (1829-1899)


    Sir Arthur William Blomfield was an English architect....  more
  • 22

    AgeDec. at 37 (1878-1915)

    Captain Harold Thomas Cawley (12 June 1878 – 23 September 1915) was a British barrister, Liberal Party politician and soldier....  more
  • 23

    Thomas Hughes

    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 73 (1822-1896)

    BirthplaceUffington, United Kingdom

    Thomas Hughes (20 October 1822 – 22 March 1896) was an English lawyer, judge, politician and author. He is most famous for his novel Tom Brown's School Days (1857), a semi-autobiographical work set...  more
  • 24

    Adnan Sami

    Film Score Composer, Musician


    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Adnan Sami Khan (born 15 August 1971) is an Indian singer, musician, music composer, pianist and actor. He performs Indian and western music, specially for Hindi movies. His most notable instrument...  more
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 75 (1831-1907)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen, PC, DL, FBA (10 August 1831 – 7 February 1907) was a British statesman and businessman best remembered for being "forgotten" by Lord Randolph Churchill....  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to Rugby School and be of some renown.