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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Somerville College, Oxford and be of some renown.

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

List is made up of graduates like Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Somerville College, Oxford?” and “Which celebrities are Somerville College, Oxford alumni?”

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Indira Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Indira Gandhi Politician Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the fourth Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until ...more

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Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Margaret Thatcher Statesman, Politician, Chemist Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the ...more

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Iris Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Iris Murdoch Novelist, Author, Writer Dame Jean Iris Murdoch DBE was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her ...more

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Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Dorothy L. Sayers Copywriter, Poet, Novelist Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best ...more

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A. S. Byatt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
A. S. Byatt Poet, Novelist, Author Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE, known as A. S. Byatt, is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers ...more

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Kathleen Kenyon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Kathleen Kenyon Archaeologist Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon, DBE, was a leading archaeologist of Neolithic culture in the Fertile Crescent. Former Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford and best known for her excavations of ...more

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Esther Rantzen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Esther Rantzen Journalist, Television producer, Presenter Dame Esther Louise Rantzen DBE is an English journalist and television presenter, best known for presenting the hit BBC television series That's Life! for 21 years from 1973 until 1994. She is ...more

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Dorothy Hodgkin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Dorothy Hodgkin Chemist Dorothy Mary Hodgkin, OM, FRS, known professionally as Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin or simply Dorothy Hodgkin, was a British biochemist who developed protein crystallography, for which she was won ...more

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Vera Brittain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Vera Brittain Nurse, Novelist, Writer Vera Mary Brittain was an English writer and pacifist. Her best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth recounted her experiences during the First World War and the beginning of her journey ...more

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Philippa Foot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Philippa Foot Philosopher Philippa Ruth Foot was a British philosopher, most notable for her works in ethics. She was one of the founders of contemporary virtue ethics, that was originally based on the ethics of ...more

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Eleanor Rathbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Eleanor Rathbone Politician Eleanor Florence Rathbone was an independent British Member of Parliament and long-term campaigner for women's rights. She was a member of the noted Rathbone family of Liverpool.

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Kathleen Ollerenshaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Kathleen Ollerenshaw Mathematician, Politician Dame Kathleen Mary Ollerenshaw, née Timpson, DBE and DStJ order of St John was a British mathematician and politician who was Lord Mayor of Manchester from 1975 to 1976 and an advisor on ...more

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Olive Willis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Olive Willis Olive Margaret Willis was an English educationist and headmistress. She founded Downe House School and was its head for nearly forty years, from 1907 to 1946.

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Premiership of Margaret Thatch... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Premiership of Margaret Thatcher Lawyer, Scientist The Premiership of Margaret Thatcher began on 4 May 1979 following the victory of the Conservative Party in the 1979 general election.

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Sarah Ioannides is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Sarah Ioannides Conductor, Music Director Sarah Ioannides is a Greek Cypriot-Scottish-Australian conductor. Her father, Ayis Ioannides, is a conductor and composer of Greek Cypriot ancestry. Her mother is of Scottish ancestry. Ioannides ...more

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Barbara Ward is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Barbara Ward Journalist, Economist, Writer Barbara Mary Ward, later Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth, was a British economist and writer interested in the problems of developing countries. She urged Western governments to share their ...more

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Celia Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Celia Green Philosopher Celia Elizabeth Green is a British writer on philosophical scepticism, twentieth-century thought, and psychology.

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Shirley Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Shirley Williams Politician, Journalist, Professor Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, PC, née Catlin, is a British politician and academic. Originally a Labour Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, ...more

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Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera Politician, Banker Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera, PC is a British investment banker and politician. Until September 2009, she was a government minister jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and ...more

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Margaret Forster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Margaret Forster Journalist, Novelist Margaret Forster is an English author. She was born in Carlisle, England, where she attended Carlisle and County High School for Girls, and then won an Open Scholarship to read modern history at ...more

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Michèle Roberts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Michèle Roberts Poet, Journalist, Novelist Michèle Brigitte Roberts is a British writer, novelist and poet. She was the daughter of a French Catholic teacher mother and English Protestant father, and has dual UK–France

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Genevieve Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Genevieve Lloyd Philosopher Genevieve Lloyd is an Australian philosopher and feminist. She studied philosophy at the University of Sydney in the early 1960s and then at Somerville College, Oxford. Her D.Phil, awarded in ...more

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Nia Griffith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Nia Griffith Politician Nia Rhiannon Griffith is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Llanelli since 2005. She is currently Shadow Minister for Wales, deputy to Shadow Secretary ...more

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Nina Bawden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Nina Bawden Novelist, Author, Writer Nina Bawden CBE FRSL JP was an English novelist and children's writer. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987 and the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010. She is one of a select group to ...more

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Rose Macaulay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Rose Macaulay Novelist, Author, Writer Dame Emilie Rose Macaulay, DBE was an English writer. She published thirty-five books, mostly novels but also biographies and travel writing.

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Daphne Park, Baroness Park of ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Daphne Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth Diplomat, Secret Intelligence Service officer Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth CMG, OBE, FRSA was a British spy. During her career she was a clandestine senior controller in MI6 in Hanoi, Moscow, ...more

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Katherine Routledge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Katherine Routledge Katherine Maria Routledge, née Pease, was a British archaeologist and anthropologist who, in 1914, initiated the first true survey of Easter Island. She was the second child of Kate and ...more

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Lena Townsend is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Lena Townsend Politician Lena Moncrieff Townsend CBE was a British Conservative politician in London and served briefly as Leader of the Inner London Education Authority. She was born in Cairo as Lena Westropp, the ...more

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Emma Kirkby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Emma Kirkby Singer, Teacher Dame Emma Kirkby, DBE is an English soprano and one of the world's most renowned early music specialists who has sung on well over a hundred recordings. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the ...more

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Susan Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Susan Cooper Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter Susan Mary Cooper is an English-born American author of children's books. She is best known for The Dark is Rising, a contemporary fantasy series set in England and Wales, which incorporates ...more

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Winifred Holtby is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Winifred Holtby Journalist, Novelist, Writer Winifred Holtby was an English novelist and journalist, best known for her novel South Riding.

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E. J. Scovell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
E. J. Scovell Writer Edith Joy Scovell was an English poet. She was born in Sheffield, and studied in Westmorland and at Somerville College, Oxford. She married the ecologist Charles Sutherland Elton in 1937. She ...more

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Anne Schlee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Anne Schlee Novelist Ann Schlee FRSL is an English novelist. She won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for The Vandal, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers. She ...more

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Pauline Clarke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Pauline Clarke Writer Pauline Clarke was an English author who has written for younger children under the name Helen Clare, for older children as Pauline Clarke, and more recently for adults under her married name ...more

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Mary Midgley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Mary Midgley Philosopher Mary Beatrice Midgley is an English moral philosopher. She was a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Newcastle University and is known for her work on science, ethics and animal rights. She wrote ...more

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Ann Oakley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Ann Oakley Novelist Ann Rosamund Oakley, is a distinguished British sociologist, feminist, and writer. She is Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, ...more

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Helen Goodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Helen Goodman Politician Helen Catherine Goodman is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland since 2005, and was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for in the ...more

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Penelope Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Penelope Fitzgerald Poet, Biographer, Novelist Penelope Fitzgerald was a Booker Prize–winning English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since ...more

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Christine Brooke-Rose is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Christine Brooke-Rose Novelist Christine Frances Evelyn Brooke-Rose was a British writer and literary critic, known principally for her later, experimental novels.

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Dilys Powell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Dilys Powell Journalist Elizabeth Dilys Powell was a British journalist, author and film critic.

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Anne Brewis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Anne Brewis Botanist Lady Anne Brewis, daughter of Roundell Cecil Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne was an English botanist. As a child, Brewis had spent long holidays studying the orchids on Noar Hill, near Selborne. ...more

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Elspeth Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Elspeth Kennedy Elspeth Mary Kennedy, MA, DPhil, FSA was a British academic and a prominent medievalist.

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Margaret Jay, Baroness Jay of ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Margaret Jay, Baroness Jay of Paddington Politician Margaret Ann Jay, Baroness Jay of Paddington, PC is a British politician for the Labour Party and former BBC television producer and presenter.

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Mary Bennett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Mary Bennett Mary Letitia Somerville Bennett was a British academic, best known for her tenure as Principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford between 1965 and 1980. Mary Bennett was the daughter of historian H. ...more

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Hilary Spurling is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Hilary Spurling Journalist, Biographer, Author Hilary Spurling, CBE, FRSL is a British writer, known for her work as a journalist and biographer. Spurling was educated at Clifton High School, an independent school in Bristol in South West ...more

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Frances Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Frances Lincoln Frances Elisabeth Rosemary Lincoln was an English independent publisher of illustrated books. She won a Woman of the Year award in 1995.

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Grace Eleanor Hadow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Grace Eleanor Hadow Grace Eleanor Hadow OBE was an author, principal of St Anne's College, Oxford University and vice-chairman of the Women's Institute. Grace Hadow was born at South Cerney vicarage, near ...more

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Jean Redcliffe-Maud is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Jean Redcliffe-Maud Margaret Jean Redcliffe-Maud, Baroness Redcliffe-Maude, née Hamilton, was a British pianist. Jean Hamilton was educated at Somerville College, Oxford. She married John Maud, later to ...more

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Joan Turville-Petre is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Joan Turville-Petre Joan Elizabeth Turville-Petre was a noted academic at Oxford University, England, in the field of Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic and Scandinavian language studies. Joan Turville-Petre was the daughter ...more

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Shirley Summerskill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Shirley Summerskill Shirley Catherine Wynne Summerskill is a British Labour Party politician and former government minister.